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TI introduces simple-to-use OpenLink(TM) Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® connectivity inside the WiLink(TM) 6.0 solution for AM18x Sitara(TM) ARM® Microprocessors

For the first time, Sitara ARM MPU-based devices can leverage pre-integrated, community-backed mac80211 Wi-Fi and BlueZ Bluetooth drivers for cost-effective access point applications

(PresseBox) (Dallas, ) Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today premiered its first module platform housing the WiLink(TM) 6.0 (WL1271) single-chip, wireless combo solution with TI's open source, Linux-based OpenLink(TM) drivers. The OpenLink drivers are built on the community-validated mac80211 Wi-Fi driver and BlueZ Bluetooth® protocol stack. The first in a series of such open source platforms from TI, the new WiLink 6.0 OpenLink platform is pre-integrated with TI's AM18x Sitara(TM) ARM® microprocessors (MPUs). This enables customers developing industrial or point-of-service applications on cost-effective ARM MPUs to easily introduce reliable, low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies. More information can be found here: www.ti.com/am18x-pr.

Introducing OpenLink Wi-Fi access points
Today's release also signifies the first time TI's customers can easily repurpose Sitara ARM MPU-based designs as Wi-Fi access points via the new WiLink 6.0 OpenLink platform. OpenLink technology offers mobile-grade, battery-optimized Wi-Fi connectivity supporting native Linux designs, giving customers tested wireless technologies that can be easily re-integrated into designs as they migrate from one kernel version to the next. Additionally, TI's mac80211 Wi-Fi driver is optimized to maximize system level throughput.

As a result, battery-friendly customer products built on Sitara ARM MPUs can serve as a mobile Wi-Fi gateway or support peer-to-peer file transfers with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. These capabilities eliminate the need for external access points and create new opportunities for unique use cases depending on mobile, self-networking devices.

The quick-start experience and other key features
The AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit is the latest version of TI's original AM18x Sitara ARM EVM and includes elements that create a unique, quick-start experience right out of the box. Meaning a user can be up and running with a demo application in 30 minutes or less.

Pricing and availability
The production-ready WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) OpenLink module is packaged as a daughter card and bundled in the AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit, priced at $1,150.00. For customers already working on an AM18x Sitara ARM EVM, the standalone daughter card is available for $249. [Note: The WiLink 6.0 OpenLink daughter card is compatible with all existing AM18x Sitara ARM EVMs, except the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU.]

- TI's AM18x EVM + WL1271 Development Kit: www.ti.com/AM18x-preu
- TI's standalone WiLink 6.0 daughter card: www.ti.com/AM18xWLDC-preu

Find out more about TI's wireless connectivity solutions

- TI's OpenLink software development kit: www.ti.com/openlink-sdk
- TI's Openlink community site: http://openlink.org
- TI's WiLink 6.0 solution (WL1271): www.ti.com/wilink6
- TI's AM1808 Sitara ARM MPU: www.ti.com/am1808
- TI's wireless connectivity solutions: www.ti.com/...
- TI's wireless connectivity Wiki: www.ti.com/connectivitywiki

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