Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modules offer pin-pin compatibility with ZigBee® and Thread

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modules offer pin-pin compatibility with ZigBee® and Thread

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By eeNews Europe

The use of swappable hardware provides significant ‘technology agility’ where users can quickly adapt to the volatile market trends in the IoT space. Regardless of which technology gains favor — be it ZigBee, Thread, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth — customers will be able to future-proof their hardware to account for evolving technology dominance. Customers can also maximize their market reach by simply swapping in different technology modules, creating market-specific SKUs from a single common design.

Based on the industry-leading BCM43438 IC from Broadcom, these modules eliminate design risk and significantly reduce time-to-market for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Smart wireless. The devices leverage the world-class WICED SDK toolset from Broadcom, further accelerating design time for customers looking to take advantage of the high data rate of Wi-Fi, to interface to legacy Bluetooth Classic devices already in the field, and to utilize the low power consumption of Bluetooth Smart. In addition to the BCM43438 IC, these devices also contain a second ARM-based microprocessor, creating a complete standalone implementation.

The WB4343 series offers best-in-class wireless range, pairing the company’s industry-leading integrated antenna and RF design with the BCM43438’s excellent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth output power levels of +18 dBm and +8 dBm, respectively. Each module is 100% RF tested and comes fully certified for FCC, IC, CE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compliance.

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