Exhibitors had plenty of new WiFi Technology on display at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco at the end of March. One exhibitor in particular, Rabbit Semiconductor (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-538), told Design News that it scored a pleasingly big hit with its new WiFi Application Kit. The company, which specializes in development tools for embedded control, communications, and Ethernet connectivity, offered attendees special pricing on the kit—which teams a RabbitCore Development Kit and WiFi (IEEE 802.11b standard), allowing engineers to enable a wireless LAN system.
The company says the kits were "flying" off the shelves—approximately 250 engineers purchased the kits by Tuesday morning. While WiFi is stimulating strong interest among design engineers, the attractive price might have had something to do with the almost abnormal feeding frenzy: Rabbit offered the kit, which normally sells for $599 plus $159 for the companion RabbitWeb software module, for $299. The kit can be puchased online—at regular prices—at www.zworld.com.
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