Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo modules for industrial applications
The WiLink 8 combo connectivity modules support Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and provide high throughput and extended industrial temperature range with Wi-Fi + Bluetooth coexistence. The modules are suitable for power-optimised designs for home and building automation, smart energy, gateways, wireless audio, enterprise, wearables, industrial and IoT applications.
The WiLink 8 modules and software are compatible and pre-integrated with many processors including the company’s Sitara processors. TI says the modules requires less hardware and RF design experience; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth software stacks and sample applications are provided, and the modules are FCC/IC/ETSI certified. The modules feature an extended temperature range of -40 to 85°C for industrial applications.
Smart energy and home gateways, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee coexistence, can be managed using multiple devices through Wi-Fi multi-channel multi-role (MCMR) capabilities.
With 2.4 and 5 GHz versions that are pin-to-pin compatible, the modules offer:
- 1.4x the range and up to 100 Mbps throughput with the company’s WiLink 8 MRC (maximal ratio combining) and MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) technology;
- Optimisation for low power applications with low idle connect current consumption;
- Audio streaming for home entertainment applications with both Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy.