October 20, 2008
G2 Microsystems Introduces Family of Low-Power Wi-Fi(R) Integrated Circuits
Building on its expertise in enabling real-time locating systems, G2 Microsystems today announced its Epsilon family of Wi-Fi and RTLS chips that make it easy for manufacturers to embed Wi-Fi connectivity into almost anything.
First in the Epsilon product family, the G2C547 system-on-chip is a fully-compliant IEEE 802.11b/g solution and includes a processor running a TCP/IP stack and handling Internet connectivity, advanced RTLS and wireless sensing capabilities, low power active and ultra low-power sleep modes, and extremely fast wake-up times.Users are now able to leverage their existing Wi-Fi infrastructure for asset tracking and wireless sensing, resulting in the lowest total cost of ownership. In addition to RTLS and sensing applications, the technology will enable a new class of Internet-enabled devices.
The Wi-Fi networking chip will be shown next week for the first time in G2's booth 1022 at the Embedded Systems Conference, being held in Boston.
"The market is crying out for simple yet smart Wi-Fi Internet solutions. The new G2 SoC will allow all sorts of devices to be augmented with Internet connectivity without draining battery power or driving up costs," said Geoff Smith, G2 founder and CEO. "With G2's longtime leadership in RTLS, our deep understanding of delivering business value through wireless technology, and relationships with all Wi-Fi RTLS vendors, we're uniquely positioned to help accelerate success in the innovative world of embedded systems."
In addition to ultra low-power, the G2C547 is the only chip in its class that can operate both in a thin-client architecture or in a G2-hosted architecture. The hosted approach achieves the lowest cost solution cost by eliminating the external processor; users run their applications on the G2 CPU. The thin-client approach offers the fastest time to market for Internet-enabling microcontroller-based devices, since the application will not need to be ported to a new processor. Being able to easily Internet-enable resource-constrained devices will create a new generation of Internet-enabled portable devices, consumer electronics and medical/health monitoring devices.
Other new features of the G2C547 that support real-time locating systems include:
-- EPC Gen 2 capability to support RFID/RTLS applications.
-- More memory for larger hosted applications.
-- 802.11g Wi-Fi(R) for optimal network compatibility
-- Improved sensor interfaces to measure and monitor motion, temperature and acceleration.
-- SPI master/slave and SDIO interfaces
In an effort to simplify development and improve time to market with G2C547-based systems, G2 today also announced a complete wireless networking module - G2M5477 - and two software applications - a full Wi-Fi and networking application for mains and battery-powered devices and a telemetry application for location and sensing applications
"The market is ready to accept new devices that integrate Wi-Fi and communicate with the Internet to improve lives in the workplace and at home," Smith added. "We've taken a holistic approach and created the most power-efficient silicon, a complete 'drop in' module, and simple software speeding time to innovation."
A G2C547 evaluation kit is immediately available for designers to quickly prototype and test RTLS and sensing applications and to enable software development. The kit contains an evaluation board, sensors, antennas, documentation and the G2 software development environment.
The G2C547 SoC is available today in sample quantities. The chip is housed in a QFN-72 pin package and is priced at $9 for quantities of 100,000 units. High-volume production is planned for December.
"Wi-Fi Alliance(R) member companies such as G2 Microsystems are helping drive industry-wide solutions to ensure the best user experience with Wi-Fi products," said Wi-Fi Alliance executive director Edgar Figueroa. "Innovations from companies such as G2 leverage the range, performance, and security of Wi-Fi technology for exciting new applications and devices."
About G2 Microsystems
G2 Microsystems helps connect products, people and data through intelligent Wi-Fi integrated circuits that make it easy to Internet-enable anything. Its ultra low-power Wi-Fi systems-on-a-chip are embedded in a range of battery-powered or microcontroller-based devices including consumer electronics, real-time locating systems, and wireless sensors. Backed by top industry investors, the privately held firm is headquartered in Campbell, Calif., and has R&D facilities in Sydney, Australia. For more information, visit www.g2microsystems.com.
Epsilon is a trademark of G2 Microsystems. Other names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.