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Introducing TI’s SimpleLink product family: The industry’s broadest portfolio of easy-to-use wireless connectivity solutions

January 18, 2012

DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Building from more than a decade of proven leadership in the wireless connectivity space, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today unveiled the SimpleLink(TM) product family, the industry’s widest portfolio of easy-to-use wireless connectivity technologies for low-power, low-cost embedded applications. The SimpleLink family includes self-contained wireless processors, aimed at enabling easy integration with any embedded system.

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The cornerstone offering in this new family is the new SimpleLink Wi-Fi® CC3000 product: an easy-to-implement Wi-Fi solution that will lead the charge in expanding the world’s Internet of Things. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 is a self-contained 802.11 network processor, making it ideal for simple and quick addition of Internet connectivity to any embedded application. For full details on the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 and all SimpleLink products, visit http://ti.com/simplelink.

“The number of devices shipping with Wi-Fi inside is forecast to expand to 2.6 billion annually by 2016, as the Internet of Things becomes an even more prolific part of consumer lifestyles and business operations,” said Filomena Berardi, connectivity market analyst, IMS Research. “TI’s new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution will take advantage of the mature Wi-Fi infrastructure, providing the optimal level of integration necessary to help drive this Wi-Fi expansion. TI is well positioned to bring Wi-Fi to low-power embedded devices, and turn traditional products into connected, interactive services.”

SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000: Bringing ubiquitous Wi-Fi connectivity to traditional and non-traditional devices alike
The new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 leverages more than a decade of TI’s Wi-Fi experience to offer various benefits for the emerging Internet of Things. Features and benefits include:

    Features                           Benefits
    --------                           --------
    Self-contained 802.11 network
     processor                         Removes the need for networking
         -        TCP, UDP and IP on
          chip                         "know-how" when connecting applications
         -          Consumes 0.5% of
          the resources as compared to
          traditional Wi-Fi, with 6KB
          Flash, 3KB RAM software
          footprint                    to the InternetRuns on any low-cost microcontroller
         -       Standard software
          APIs                         (MCU), without need for an operating
                                       systemIntegrates within hours with any new or
                                       existing embedded application
    ---                                -----------------------------
    Self-contained,  RF-
     certified module                  Allows for easy addition to the PCB
                                        without RF expertiseProvides RF compliance for U.S.,
                                       and Europe (FCC, IC and ETSI)
    ---                                ----------------------------
    Support for TI's
     FirstTimeConfig technology        Facilitates easy pairing to 802.11 access
                                       point without the need of a display or user interface
    ---                                -----------------------------------------------------
    Credible, proven solution with     Provides reliable coverage throughout the
    best-in-class range                 entire house, building or other areaEnsures proven Wi-
                                        Fi interoperability
    -------------------                ------------------------------------------------------
    Turnkey development kit based
     on TI's                           Enables quick start with TI E2E(TM) Web
    MSP430(TM) FRAM MCU, including
     forward                           support and online documentation,
     compatibility with TI's MCU
      portfolio                        including comprehensive porting guides
                                       and sample code
    ---                                ---------------

“We are thrilled to announce the SimpleLink family – including the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution – as a prime example of TI’s commitment to fuel the next wave of connected devices and the Internet of Things,” said Eran Sandhaus, general manager, emerging connectivity solutions, TI. “The addition of Internet connectivity to everyday consumer, home and office devices creates new value propositions for our customers, introducing ways to better control these devices and share information through the cloud. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution provides developers with the quickest and easiest avenue to meet these opportunities by adding best-in-class 802.11 Internet connectivity to their designs.”

SimpleLink products: Answering the call for simplified connectivity integration
The new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 is only one member of the new SimpleLink family of products, which provides a comprehensive range of technologies for various end applications, and reiterates TI’s commitment to solving the challenges associated with the design and certification of connected devices. Requiring little-to-no RF expertise, SimpleLink products include self-contained software stacks, and come backed by TI and third-party tools and support. Today’s SimpleLink product family:

    Technology SimpleLink part number   Attributes
    ---------- ----------------------   ----------
    Wi-Fi      SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000   Easy-to-implement Wi-Fi
                                         solution that will
               New part!                 lead the charge in expanding the
                                        Internet of Things
    ---                                 ------------------
    ZigBee(R)  SimpleLink ZigBee         Simple, off-the-shelf ZigBee
                                         solution that
               CC2530ZNP                 does not require designers to
                                         learn the
                                         complexities of a full ZigBee
    ---                                 ------------------------------
    6LoWPAN    SimpleLink 6LoWPAN        Cost-effective, low-power, sub-
                                         1GHz RF
               CC1180                    network processor that provides
                                         functionality with minimal
    ---                                 ------
    ANT(TM)    SimpleLink ANT            RF network processors that
                                         implement the
                              CC2570/71  easy-to-use, power-efficient
                                         ANT protocol,
                                        while keeping host MCU memory
                                        requirements low
    ---                                 ----------------

Tools, availability and pricing
SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 modules are sampling now and released to production.

The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 FRAM evaluation module kit (EMK) is available today through authorized distributors for $199. For ordering details, please visit http://ti.com/simplelink.

The SimpleLink ZigBee CC2530ZNP, SimpleLink 6LoWPAN CC1180 and SimpleLink ANT CC2570/71 solutions are all available today as well. Please visit the respective product pages for ordering details.

Find out more about TI’s wireless connectivity solutions

About TI’s wireless connectivity portfolio
TI provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of mature wireless connectivity solutions. With expertise in more than a dozen technologies, TI ensures customers the best-suited wireless connectivity for every type of application. TI’s product portfolio is complemented with the support and tools that customers and developers need to quickly and easily bring wirelessly connected designs to market. Visit the company’s Wireless Connectivity Portal for an overview of TI-supported technologies, the full product portfolio, and example use cases.

About Texas Instruments
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