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

SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution is flagship device, aimed at expanding the "Internet of Things" with easy-to-implement, proven Wi-Fi technology

Jan 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™ 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:



Self-contained 802.11 network processor

     -         TCP, UDP and IP on chip

     -          Consumes 0.5% of the resources as compared to traditional Wi-Fi, with 6KB Flash, 3KB RAM software footprint

     -        Standard software APIs

  • Removes the need for networking
    "know-how" when connecting applications
    to the Internet
  • Runs on any low-cost microcontroller
    (MCU), without need for an operating
  • Integrates within hours with any new or
    existing embedded application

Self-contained,  RF-certified module

  • Allows for easy addition to the PCB
    without RF expertise
  • Provides RF compliance for U.S., Canada
    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
best-in-class range

  • Provides reliable coverage throughout the
    entire house, building or other area
  • Ensures proven Wi-Fi interoperability

Turnkey development kit based on TI's
MSP430™ FRAM MCU, including forward
 compatibility with TI's MCU portfolio

  • Enables quick start with TI E2E™ Web
    support and online documentation,
    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:


SimpleLink part number



SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000

New part!

Easy-to-implement Wi-Fi solution that will
lead the charge in expanding the world's
Internet of Things


SimpleLink ZigBee

Simple, off-the-shelf ZigBee solution that
does not require designers to learn the
complexities of a full ZigBee stack


SimpleLink 6LoWPAN

Cost-effective, low-power, sub-1GHz RF
network processor that provides 6LoWPAN
functionality with minimal development


SimpleLink ANT

RF network processors that implement the
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.

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