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WIRELESS/RF – Embedded Wi-Fi solution offers lower power consumption, longer range connectivity and smaller footprint

San Jose, Calif. – Atmel Corporation is collaborating with H&D Wireless to deliver an IEEE802.11b+g Wi-Fi solution for Atmel's 32-bit AVR microcontrollers. H&D Wireless will provide the SPB104 Wi-Fi extension board, which is easily connected to the AVR32 UC3 evaluation kits through the SD card socket. The companies claim this will be the industry's most power efficient Wi-Fi solution, with an overall power consumption five times lower than any other similar solution on the market.

To enable Wi-Fi capabilities of the AVR32 UC3 microcontroller, a designer only needs an ATEXTWIFI evaluation board, an AVR32 EVK1104 or EVK1105 evaluation kit, and to download a free AVR32 Software Framework 1.5 version, which includes all Wi-Fi drivers and the full TCP/IP stacks.

Atmel's picoPower technology for AVR microcontrollers allows AVR32 MCUs to achieve the industry's lowest power consumption with 0.48 mW / MHz in active mode, 1.5 uA with RTC running and below 100 nA in shutdown mode.

H&D Wireless modules offer Wi-Fi capability for the 802.11b+g spectrums with a throughput of 1 to 54 Mbps. The device offers a 150 uW sleep power consumption, 2.4 years of battery life, 220 mW RX power and an interface compatible to SDIO and SPI. In addition, the RF power output is 7-8 dB higher than the average on the market at +17.5 dBm.

To ensure Atmel's distributors can provide the SPB104 Wi-Fi starter kit, Atmel will provide the kits through its sales channel. From Atmel, the order code will be ATEXTWIFI with a suggested retail price of USD $199 for the evaluation board. Atmel's ATEXTWIFI evaluation kit is also available now with a suggested retail price of $199 USD. The AVR32 UC3 evaluation board is sold separately.

For more information about Atmel's Wi-Fi solution, visit http://www.atmel.com/wifi.

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