designers are increasingly leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure to
enable wireless communication in a broad range of remote monitoring and
control, and machine-to-machine applications, such as smart-energy monitors.
Microchip's low-power MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules enable the "Internet
of Things" by removing the complexity and cost of developing RF circuitry and
obtaining agency certification. Additionally, Microchip has improved its free
TCP/IP stack, and offers free EZconfig and ZeroConfig utility protocols, to
make commissioning and configuring Wi-Fi networks easy.
Microchip created the MRF24WB0MA PICtail™/PICtail Plus
Daughter Board (part # AC164136-4, $59.99) to enable development with the new
Wi-Fi module. This
daughter board plugs into the Explorer 16 and PICDEM.net™
2 boards to allow
easy, modular development with hundreds of 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit
PIC32 MCUs, as well as the dsPIC® DSCs.
MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules are available today, for $29.40 in
single-unit quantities, via any Microchip sales representative or authorized
worldwide distributor, or at Microchip's e-commerce Web site.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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