TI’s Wi-Fi is More Robust and Affordable for Connected IoT
Texas Instruments announced a new SimpleLink family of Wi-Fi 6 companion ICs to implement reliable, secure, and efficient Wi-Fi connections at an affordable price. The family targets applications that operate in high-density or high-temperature environments up to 105ºC.
The first products in the CC33xx family include devices for Wi-Fi 6 only or Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3 connectivity in a single IC. When combined with a microcontroller or processor, the devices enable a secure IoT connection with reliable RF) performance in such market segments as grid infrastructure, medical, and building automation.
The SimpleLink CC3300 Wi-Fi 6 companion IC and CC3301 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3 companion IC start at US$1.60. The 2.4-GHz CC33xx devices provide greater Wi-Fi network efficiency and a stable connection across more than 230 access points while operating from –40ºC to 105ºC. They allow designers to connect IoT edge nodes directly to home or enterprise access points affordably. Wi-Fi 6 companion devices feature orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) and basic service set (BSS) coloring to deliver fast and consistent network performance and connect devices simultaneously without interference from congestion. They support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security features, including the latest WPA3 cryptographic technologies.
Design engineers can request samples of the CC33xx companion ICs, available in a quad flat no-lead (QFN) package, starting at US$1.60 in 1,000-unit quantities. An easy-to-use BP-CC3301 evaluation board is available for purchase for US$39. Volume production for the CC3300 and CC3301 is expected in the fourth quarter of 2023. Pin-to-pin compatible, dual-band 2.4- and 5-GHz Wi-Fi 6 devices will be available as samples later this year.