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Redpine module supports multiple wireless protocols

Steve Rogerson
December 16, 2015
 
California-based fabless semiconductor company Redpine Signals has launched what it claims is the world’s first wireless microcontroller module with built-in support for multiple wireless protocols – Wifi, Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee.
 
The Wise MCU modules include the RS10001 – an 8.6 by 8.6mm wireless MCU with single-band Wifi, dual-mode Bluetooth, Zigbee and a 100MHz ARM Cortex M4 processor. By combining the processor with multi-protocol wireless support, Redpine says it is making it easier for mobile and IoT product designers to build next-generation products with seamless connectivity.
 
Also offered in the Wise MCU module family is the RS10002, a single-band wireless MCU module that is footprint compatible with the company’s RS9113 modules; and the dual-band RS10003 module that has a faster 160MHz ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller with higher memory (1Mbyte flash) capacity. The RS1003 is one of the key components of Redpine’s Wyzbee IoT platform.
 
The module family is fully certified and comes with a development kit with software libraries, example projects, cloud access and support for multiple development environments.
 
“The Wise MCU module family addresses a fundamental requirement of product development for IoT – an MCU with built-in, pre-integrated, multi-protocol wireless interface,” said Venkat Mattela, CEO of Redpine Signals. “With over fourteen years of experience in the connected devices market, we have integrated all the key features needed for emerging IoT applications in these highly integrated, easy to use modules.”
 
The family includes the wireless and networking stacks, security including tamper-proof and clone-proof mechanisms, deep power modes with less than 100nA power draw for IoT devices with multi-year battery life, and wireless performance for energy-efficient and bandwidth-efficient data transfer. Integration of wireless interfaces to the MCU in a module form not only saves cost of components for the system designer but also a saving in development time for porting wireless drivers to the MCU platform.
 
The modules support development paths that include direct integration into form-factor designs, prototyping with the Wise MCU SDK, or prototyping through the Wyzbee IoT platform. The modules run an embedded TCP/IP networking stack with SSL, TLS and HTTPS security, apart from complete Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 and Zigbee stacks.
 
The development platforms contain expansion headers to accommodate external peripherals and, with the Wyzbee platform, peripherals, or things, are already available from Redpine. Application development is supported with a choice of development environments – IAR, Keil and the CoIDE from CooCox.
 
The Wise MCU modules are sampling now.
 
Headquartered in San Jose, Redpine Signal is a fabless semiconductor, IoT devices and wireless systems company focusing on low power and high-performance products for next-generation wireless applications. The company was founded in 2001 and has 220 employees worldwide.