Broadcom Connectivity Powers Handheld Wireless X-ray Security Scanner

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Broadcom® WICED Technology Supports New AS&E® MINI Z On-the-Go
Threat Detection System

 IRVINE, Calif. – August 6, 2014

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) (NASDAQ:ASEI) has selected the Broadcom Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Wi-Fi technology as the connectivity component for the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter® imaging system. Broadcom’s WICED platform provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a complete simplified implementation of wireless connectivity resulting in faster time-to-market for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. For more news, visit Broadcom’sNewsroom or join the conversation on theWICED community site.

 

The evolution of the IoT is driving significant growth and opportunities in a variety of end market segments and analysts expect revenues from the burgeoning market to reach $8.9T by 20201. According to IDC, the enabler for increased growth is the pervasiveness of wireless connectivity and ubiquitous access to the Internet, regardless of location.

 

“The MINI Z™ system represents an entirely new class of product for the detection industry, an effective, lightweight scanner that — for the first time — enables security, customs, and public safety officials to quickly determine if threats or contraband are present in hard-to-reach environments, such as the interior of cars, aircraft and watercraft.” said Joe Reiss, AS&E Vice President of Product Management. “Broadcom’s WICED technology provided the complete development platform we required to get to market quickly with this ground-breaking, innovative new product.”

 

“As the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve, we are seeing rapid adoption of our turnkey WICED technology in a number of emerging market segments including connected appliances, smart energy systems and cloud-based health and home management services,” said Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity. “Broadcom’s implementation into the MINI Z demonstrates the wide range of applications enabled by the WICED platform.”

 

AS&E’s design and development efforts were supported by Inventek Systems, a full-service wireless solutions provider. Inventek’s WICED enabled eS-WiFi (embedded serial Wi-Fi), modules and Wireless Interoperability Network (IWIN), software eases development and simplifies implementation of Wi-Fi connectivity in an array of products across a broad spectrum of end market segments.

 

The MINI Z handheld X-ray detection system is a portable, single-sided imaging system that can be used to scan objects in hard-to-reach areas such as unattended bags, backpacks, or packages in a subway or bus with no set up required. It uses AS&E’s signature Z Backscatter technology, an advanced X-ray imaging technology that detects and highlights the organic materials that transmission X-ray systems can miss, such as plastic guns, ceramic knives, explosives, and drugs. The device provides a real-time, easy-to-interpret image of its target on a tablet screen using Z Backscatter technology and Broadcom’s WICED Wi-Fi module for a wireless connection to the scanner. The MINI Z is the first portable screen implementation based on the WICED platform. For more information visit www.meetminiz.com.

 

Availability

Broadcom’s WICED Wi-Fi technology and Inventek’s eS-WiFi modules are now available.

 

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Resources:

1 IDC, IoT 2013 to 2020 Market Analysis: Billions of Things, Trillions of Dollars

 

About Broadcom

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INVENTEK SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH MACNICA AMERICAS, INC.

July 14, 2014- Inventek Systems, a USA-based, full-service modular solutions provider focused on WiFi, Bluetooth (BT), Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), Near Field Communications (NFC), GPS, combo-radios, Broadcom WICED platforms and antennas for embedded connectivity & IoT-ready applications has signed a distribution agreement with Macnica Americas, a fully franchised semiconductor distributor covering North America with expertise in design services, IP, applications support, and logistics. Macnica Americas is a division of Macnica Inc., a $2.4B global leader in semiconductor distribution and design services
Inventek’s expertise in modular connectivity solutions firmly positions the company as the premier leader in market competitive wireless systems across a wide range of market segments including the consumer, industrial, embedded & military segments.

Al Serpa, CMO & Co-Founder at Inventek Systems, stated that, “the partnership with Macnica Americas will enable Inventek to leverage one of the most technical organizations available in distribution. The combination of Macnica’s applications engineering expertise and Inventek’s connectivity portfolio will enable customers to seamless ramp their platforms to market with cost effective, leading edge technology, services and support.”
“We are pleased to be able to offer Inventek wireless products to our customers,” said John Burton, President of Macnica Americas. “Inventek’s solutions help us support our customer’s goal of getting their IoT designs done quickly and efficiently.”

ABOUT INVENTEK SYSTEMS: Headquartered in Billerica, MA, Inventek Systems provides a wide range of standard and custom embedded connectivity options ranging from low cost system-in-a-package (SiP) products to modular based custom solutions. We provide complete services from architectural consulting to full HW & SW custom design for cost effective high volume manufacturing. Inventek’s Connectivity offering and IoT-ready solutions are enabling customers around the world to “get connected” with minimal design effort. To learn more, please visit www.inventeksys.com.

ABOUT MACNICA AMERICAS: Macnica Americas is a fully franchised semiconductor distributor covering North America with expertise in design services, IP, applications support, and logistics. We are a division of Macnica Inc, a $2.4B global leader in semiconductor distribution and design services. The Macnica Americas IP portfolio includes solutions for high speed networking, broadcast video, DSP and embedded applications. Find out more about Macnica Americas products and design services at www.macnica-na.com.

Inventek Systems eS-WiFi Firmware Release C2.4.0

Inventek Systems eS-WiFiTM

AT Command Set Firmware Release C2.4.0

Inventek System’s eS-WiFi firmware release C2.4 adds several exciting features plus a full complement of AT Commands simplifying the design and implementation of secure embedded wireless networking connectivity.

Major NEW Features and Commands …

  • Support for up to Four Simultaneous Sockets.

Any combination of TCP and UDP clients and/or servers.

  • SSL/TLS Security with Programmable Certificates and Keys.  (SSL3.0 & TLS1.0/1.1)
  • Auto-Channel Selection Algorithm for optimizing AP Mode Channel Selection in High-density, Congested and Overlapping Signal Environments.
  • Cloud Support for M2M and IoT applications using Axeda Cloud Services.  (Additional Cloud Agents will be supported in upcoming releases.)
  • Over the Air (OTA) Upgrade Capability. (Requires external FLASH memory connected to the eS-WiFi SPI bus.)
  • mDNS (Multicast Domain Name System) Service Discovery Used for Broadcasting Local Network Services.  Based on Broadcom’s Gedday.
  • Multi-client UDP Server.
  • Concurrent softAP and Client (STA) mode. (Supports up to five concurrent clients in softAP mode.)

ISM43362r4

The eS-WiFi Capabilities

  • Scan and associate to Wi-Fi access points.
  • Authenticate to Wi-Fi Access Points with the following security types:

Open, WEP-40, WEP-104, WPA (AES & TKIP), WPA2 (AES, TKIP & Mixed mode)

  • SoftAP mode with support for security types: Open, WPA, WPA2
  • Concurrent AP & STA mode (AP mode limited to 5 concurrent connected clients)
  • WPS 1.0 & 2.0 Enrollee & Registrar (Internal Registrar only)
  • Wi-Fi APIs: Network keep alive, packet filters
  • Power Save Options.

 

Application Features

  • Peripheral interfaces – 5 GPIOs and 5 ADCs
  • Host Interfaces  – UART, SPI and USB-HID
  • Device Configuration Table (region in flash to store AP, security credentials, TLS certs, serial number, Wi-Fi country code)
  • Factory reset
  • Automated configuration via softAP & webserver

Networking Features

  • ICMP (Ping)
  • ARP
  • TCP
  • UDP
  • IGMP (Multicast)DHCP (Client & Server)
  • DNS (Client & Redirect Server)
  • HTTP / HTTPS (Client & Server)
  • SNTP
  • SMTP

 

 

 

 

Inventek Systems Offers Software Update for Broadcom’s WICED Embedded WiFi Development Platform

Inventek Systems released a software feature for the Broadcom Embedded WiFi development platform (WICED™ SDK) that will allow customers to use its eS-WiFi serial-to-WiFi modules and development kits for their hardware development platform.

Broadcom’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform eases development effort and simplifies the implementation of Wi-Fi connectivity in an array of consumer devices, especially those with no current networking support. Inventek Systems now offers a family of serial-to-WiFi modules and development kits (eS-WiFi™ family) that support Broadcom Corporation’s WICED™ platform. The first two development kits to support this platform are the ISM4319-WICED-E and ISM43362-WICED-E. Future Inventek modules targeted for the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet-of-Things) marketplace will also be designed to be compatible with this development platform.

In addition to the WICED platform, Inventek also offers the option of using an easy-to-use high level AT Command Set for controlling all WiFi functions. Inventek’s eS-WiFi software builds upon the WICED platform by adding another step in integration and ease of design-in. These AT Commands allow the use of simple instructions to establish connectivity and configure the module as a client, access point and web server. Over 100 commands are now available and include a broad list of basic and advanced commands (e.g. Find, Scan, Join, Send, Receive, Run SoftAP, Run Webserver, Run Direct Connect Mode, Run SSL Mode, Run Pass-Through Mode, etc.). When using Inventek’s AT Command Set, a low cost system microcomputer is used to send commands to the eS-WiFi module over a serial interface (UART, SPI or USB). When using Broadcom’s WICED platform, the on-board microcomputer is used for both the WICED firmware and system program. In either case, the module hardware is identical and consists of a Broadcom® BCM43XX single chip wireless LAN MAC/baseband/radio, embedded Cortex M3 Microcomputer and an integrated antenna (or U.FL option). The module is 14.5 mm x 30 mm in size with a 44 LGA footprint. FCC Certification is in process.

The WICED™ Development system and eS-WiFi firmware enables Wi-Fi connectivity for a host of new and growing applications such as:

Home, Health and Fitness (Cameras, Speakers, Washers, Dryers, Fridges, Ranges)

Sensors, Home Monitoring and Control (Weight scales, Fitness equipment, Blood Pressure Monitors, Thermostats, Security Cameras, Alarms, Light switches)

Product Note: Update process for Broadcom’s WICED SDK/IDE.

Inventek Systems Introduces New Broadcom Based Serial-to-WiFi Module for the Internet-of-Things.

Feb. 13, 2013 – As the adoption rate of embedded Wi-Fi  continues to surge,  Inventek Systems is enabling this connectivity trend by offering FCC certified, easily integrated serial-to-WiFi modules that only require simple AT Commands for programming.  The module is an ideal solution for manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to their products but do not have extensive WiFi and RF experience.
The ISM43362-M3G-

L44 is enabled with Broadcom Corporation’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICEDTM) architecture.  http://www.broadcom.com/support/wiced/  It supports 802.11 b,g,n  Wi-Fi connectivity and can be configured by sending simple commands over the serial host interface (UART, SPI or USB).  The simple- to- use AT Command Set significantly reduces the development and integration effort for design engineers to add WiFi connectivity to their products.The ISM43362-M3G-L44 module hardware includes the Broadcom BCM43362 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System-on-Chip (SOC) component and STMicroelectronics 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller.  This STM32 microcontroller hosts the networking application software including the TCP/IP network stack and Inventek’s customized AT Command set firmware.Inventek Systems offers a family of serial-to-WiFi modules (eS-WiFi™ family) that support Broadcom Corporation’s WICED™ platform.  The option is available to use either Inventek’s AT Command Set firmware or Broadcom’s WICED APIs.  When using Inventek’s AT Command Set, a low cost system microcomputer is used to send commands to the eS-WiFi module over a serial interface (UART, SPI or USB).  When using Broadcom’s WICED platform, the on-board microcomputer is used for both the WICED firmware and system program.   In either case, the module hardware is identical and consists of a Broadcom BCM43XX single chip wireless radio, embedded Cortex M3 Microcomputer and integrated antenna (or U.FL option) all on a 14.5mm x 30mm module with 44 LGA footprint or USB dongle.Inventek’s eS-WiFi modules build upon the WICED platform by adding another step in integration and ease of design-in.  These AT Commands allow the use of simple instructions to establish connectivity and configure the module as a client, Access Point or web server and to send and receive data. Over 100 commands are now available and include a broad list of basic and advanced commands (e.g. Find, Scan, Join, Send, Receive, Run SoftAP, Direct Connect Mode, SSL Mode, etc.).The ISM43362-M3G-L44 eS-WiFi module development kits are available now from Arrow (www.arrow.com ) for $199.  In volume production, the module is priced in the low to mid teens.  For more information, please visit www.inventeksys.com.

Texim Europe and Inventek Systems Sign European Distribution Agreement for Wi-Fi and GPS Modules

Billerica, Massachusetts, October 24, 2012:  Texim-Europe ( www.Texim-Europe.com) and Inventek Systems (www.inventeksys.com) today announced a  European distribution agreement for Inventek’s complete wireless portfolio of Broadcom based 802.11 Wi-Fi modules and CSR/SiRF GPS modules.

Texim-Europe will distribute Inventek System’s portfolio of high-performance, low-power, Broadcom-based Wi-Fi modules offering an FCC/CE certified Wi-Fi solution with simple embedded serial-to-WiFi connectivity.  With an on-board microcomputer running the networking protocols including the TCP/IP stack, seamless connectivity is accomplished using simple AT Commands.  Inventek’s Wi-Fi modules are an ideal solution for manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to their products but do not have extensive Wi-Fi and RF experience.  The adoption rate of Wi-Fi embedded connectivity is surging and includes applications such as home appliances, healthcare equipment, industrial control and cloud based services.

Texim-Europe will also distribute Inventek System’s line of compact global positioning system (GPS) modules based on CSR/SiRFstarIV GPS technology.  These modules offer industry-leading size, sensitivity, low-power and fast location-fix performance. The module family is optimized for size and battery constrained applications and are offered with and without an integrated ceramic patch antenna.

“Texim-Europe’s world-class sales and engineering expertise give us an important sales channel for servicing the European marketplace at a critical stage of our growth.  Their focus on embedded systems and wireless communication is a perfect match for our product lines.   With the rapidly expanding demand for embedded Wi-Fi and GPS solutions, we look forward to jointly supporting and expanding our penetration into the European market with the Texim-Europe team.” said Martin Tierney, Chief Executive Officer for Inventek Systems.

“Texim-Europe is focused on providing connectivity services and solutions for the rapidly growing M2M / IoT systems market.  Inventek Systems provides our customer base with a fast and easy way to embed WiFi connectivity and GPS capability into their products using leading edge technology from Broadcom and CSR/SiRF.”, said Helmoed Gasthuis, Sales and Marketing Manager for Texim-Europe.

About Texim-Europe

Having started its first activities back in 1962, Texim Europe has gained massive experience in Electronic Components and Sub-systems Distribution and is now present in the Benelux, Germany, Austria, UK and in the Nordic area. Texim Europe has rapidly become the reliable Technology and Supply Chain Solution Provider of choice for customers developing & producing Electronic Applications.

The head office and State-of-the-Art Logistics Centre is located in Haaksbergen, the Netherlands from which customers in every part of the World are served. Texim Europe is part of TKH Group NV, a 1 Billion euro Dutch public company, with a strong position in the Telecom, Building and Industrial Solutions market segments.

About Inventek Systems, Inc.

Inventek Systems is a  USA-based, full-service wireless solutions provider focused on 802.11 WiFi embedded solutions, GPS embedded modules and antennas. A wide spectrum of standard and custom embedded products is offered ranging from low cost system-in-a-package (SiP) products to modular based custom solutions. Inventek provides a unique set of services from consulting to custom design to cost effective high volume manufacturing.

Inventek Systems products are used in a wide range of consumer, industrial, and defense based applications. Inventek’s eS-WiFi and GPS products are enabling customers around the world to add WiFi connectivity and GPS features at a quickening pace with minimal design effort.

eS-WiFi Module Software Enabled Access Point

The eS-WiFi family of module products has a powerful built in SoftAP function that allows customers to easily command the eS-WiFi module to join a network for the growing number of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications in the home and in the enterprise.  The SoftAP function can also be used as well for setting up setup peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and applications such as On-the-Go gaming.   The module’s infrastructure mode AP allows both iOS and Android based devices to easily

The eS-WiFi modules are wireless LAN modules that are typically embedded into devices/appliances that connect to home networks, Wi-Fi hot spots, and workplace networks. These devices operate as a station (STA) which can connect to a single wireless router/access point (AP) that is typically hardwired at a fixed location.

The eS-WiFi family of 802.11 b/g/n modules have an embedded microcontroller running a fully integrated TCP/IP stack and a simple to use AT command set.  One of the features described in this application note is the implementation of a Soft Access Point (SoftAP) technology which enables an eS-WiFi module to behave like a wireless AP.

SoftAP Overview

The Inventek eS-WiFi modules are offered with a complete TCP/IP stack and require only a simple AT command over the USB, UART or SPI interface to communicate with the module. In a typical embedded application,  a simple 8/16/32 bit microcontroller is used to send the AT command to initiate a SoftAP.  Once the AP is started other devices (users) can join the network and be connected as a client on that network.

Use cases of the SoftAP:

Use Case 1:  Joining a Local Area Network using the SoftAP

 

You have an embedded product and you want to configure that product to join a network (See Figure 1).  One way, to make this happen, is to have the eS-WiFi automatically power up as an Access Point.  The user can use a PC, tablet or any smartphone to view the AP and type in the SSID and Password.  After the user, selects “Join” the Access Point is closed and the eS-WiFi module subsequently turns off the AP and joins the network as a client.

Following is the procedure required to implement this use case:

  • Use the “A0” command to activate the SoftAP:
    • i.      Access Point is activated.
    • ii.      DHCP is activated.
    • iii.      Web server is activated.
    • iv.      DNS is activated.
  • Select “ Join” on the Webpage to connect the eS-WiFi module to the selected network:
    • i.      Access Point shuts down.
    • ii.      DHCP shuts down.
    • iii.      DNS shuts down.

The module has now joined the selected network as a client/appliance device.

SoftAP screen shots:

 

  Note:  There is also an AT command for changing the name of the Configuration Access Point to identify a specific customer product name or company name, e.g. change “Inventek” to “ABC Corp.”

 The user also has the ability to manually enter the information to join a network as well.

SoftAP Manual Join screen shots:

Use Case 2: Direct Connection to the SoftAP

You have embedded the eS-WiFi module into a printer system or interface box and configured it as a SoftAP that allows smartphones/ PC’s and other devices to make a “Direct Connection” via the eS-WiFi SoftAP function (See Figure 2).  The SoftAP enables file transfers, file sharing, printing, and information exchange between as many as 8 clients (STAs). This is all accomplished without the use of a fixed AP.

One way to facilitate this senario is to have the eS-WiFi automatically power up as a SoftAP that a user can view using a PC or any smartphone and selects “Direct Connect” on the eS-WiFi SoftAP web server.  As soon as the user selects “Direct Connect” the Access Point remains running and the client (STA) is connected to the eS-WiFi SoftAP.  This allows WLAN devices to easily connect without the need for a fixed AP and supports WiFi M2M communication and ON-The-GO connections for printing and file sharing.

Figure 2:  Use Case 2 – Running eS-WiFi module as SoftAP

Following is the procedure required to implement this use case:

  1. Use the “A0” command to activate the SoftAP:
    • i.      Access Point is activated.
    • ii.      DHCP is activated.
    • iii.      Web server is activated.
    • iv.      DNS is activated.
  2. User selects “ Direct Connect” on the broadcasted Webpage:
    • i.      Access Point continues to run and manage the SoftAP.
    • ii.      DHCP continues to run.
    • iii.      Web server is shutdown, but SoftAP remains visible.

Multiple clients may now connect to the SoftAP.

In summary the “Direct Connection” allows the embedded eS-WiFi to run as a SoftAp with the following capabilities:

  • Supports Client-to-Client (M2M) connections.
  • Supports Client-to-Device/Appliance connections.
  • Supports Eight Simultaneous Connections.
  • Full interoperability.

 

4.0         SoftAP Features Summary

Feature

Description

Stations Supported

ISM4319 – Two          ISM43362 – Five

SSID Broadcast

Yes

DHCP

Yes

Security

Open (WEP /WPA-PSK in development)

 

Inventek Systems Signs North American Distribution Agreement with Arrow Electronics for 802.11 Wi-Fi Modules

Inventek Systems (http://www.inventeksys.com) today announced a North American distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics (http://www.arrow.com) for Inventek’s complete portfolio of 802.11 b/g/n modules based on Broadcom’s (http://www.broadcom.com) Wi-Fi technology and includes all the software required for easy system

Arrow Electronics will distribute Inventek System’s portfolio of high-performance, low-power, Wi-Fi modules offering an FCC certified Wi-Fi solution with simple embedded serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity. With an on-board microcomputer running the networking protocols including the TCP/IP stack, seamless connectivity is accomplished using simple AT Commands. Inventek’s WiFi modules are an ideal solution for manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to their products but do not have extensive Wi-Fi and RF experience. The adoption rate of Wi-Fi embedded connectivity is surging and includes applications such as home appliances, healthcare equipment, industrial control and cloud based services.

“Arrow’s world-class, global sales team and engineering and support infrastructure gives us an important sales channel at a critical stage of our growth. With the surging demand for embedded Wi-Fi solutions, we look forward to supporting and expanding our penetration into this market,” said Martin Tierney, Chief Executive Officer for Inventek Systems.

“Arrow Electronics is focused on providing connectivity solutions for the fast growing M2M market. Inventek Systems will offer our customers a fast-and-easy way to embed WiFi connectivity into their products using Broadcom’s proven WiFi technology coupled with Inventek’s software and FCC certified modules,” said Aiden Mitchell, Marketing Director, Arrow Electronics.

About Inventek Systems, Inc.
Inventek Systems is a privately held, USA-based, full-service wireless solutions provider focused on 802.11 WiFi embedded solutions, GPS embedded modules and antennas. A wide spectrum of standard and custom embedded products are offered ranging from low cost system-in-a-package (SIP) products to modular based custom solutions. Inventek provides a unique set of services from consulting to custom design to cost effective high volume manufacturing.
Inventek Systems products are used in a wide range of consumer, industrial, and defense based applications. Inventek’s eS-WiFi products are enabling customers around the world to add WiFi connectivity and GPS features at a quickening pace with minimal design effort.

Inventek Systems Introduces Compact, Low Power SiRFstar IV(TM) GPS Module with Integrated Antenna for Embedded GPS Applications

Inventek Systems (http://www.inventeksys.com) announces its newest compact global positioning system (GPS) receiver module with an integrated ceramic patch antenna offering industry-leading size, sensitivity, low-power and fast location-fix performance. The ISM480F1 module is optimized for size and battery constrained applications. The integrated antenna and common host port interfaces (UART, SPI, I2C) minimize system integration time.

Billerica, Massachusetts (PRWEB) April 11, 2012

The ISM480F1 GPS module is based on the fast and deep search capabilities of CSR’s SiRFStarIV (TM) GSD4e platform and includes the SiRFInstantFix technology that minimizes the time-to-first-fix (TTFF) and SiRFaware software for optimizing the performance versus power trade-off. The SiP module is ideally suited for a broad spectrum of size and power restricted applications such as handheld consumer devices, digital cameras, asset tracking, vehicle tracking, and personal tracking for fitness and sports.

Several key features of the ISM480F1 module include:

  •     Compact module size for easy integration: 16.5mm x 16.5mm x 7 mm (shield height included).
  •     Integrated 15mm x 15mm x 4mm ceramic patch antenna.
  •     Integrated LNA, SAW Filter, TCXO
  •     Generation and storage of extended ephemeris data to an external device for much faster hot starts in weak signal environments.
  •     Built-in jamming detection and mitigation to permit fast and accurate navigation solutions in high noise environments.
  •     48 track verification channels.
  •     Host UART, SPI or I2C interface ( Default SPI)
  •     Custom output Firmware provided.
  •     Single power supply voltage 1.8V.
  •     Cold, Warm, Hot Start Time: 35, 35, 1 Sec. respectively.
  •     Reacquisition Time: 1 second.
  •     Simple 12 pin header interface.

For evaluation and design integration, Inventek offers the ISM420/480 Evaluation Board (EVB). The features of this EVB include:

  •     Support for both the ISM420-BO  (ROM Version) and the ISM480 (Flash version) GPS modules.
  •     Displays: Lat/Lon, UTC, Satellites, HDOP, Altitude, GeoID
  •     Supports SiRF Flash utility on the ISM480TM module for upgrading to the latest firmware.

Pricing and Availability:
The ISM480F1-C4.1 is in volume production and sells for $18.00 in 100 piece quantities. It can be ordered through the on-line store http://www.inventeksys.com/store/index.html. Please contact Inventek Systems directly for higher volume quotations or email sales(at)inventeksys(dot)com.

About Inventek:
Inventek Systems is a privately held, USA-based, full-service wireless solutions provider focused on 802.11 WiFi embedded solutions, GPS embedded modules and antennas. A wide spectrum of standard and custom embedded products are offered ranging from low cost system-in-a-package (SiP) products to modular based custom solutions. Inventek provides a unique set of services from consulting to custom design to cost effective high volume manufacturing.

Inventek Systems products are used in a wide range of consumer, industrial, and defense based applications. Inventek’s eS-WiFi and Ez-GPS products are enabling customers around the world to add WiFi connectivity and GPS features at a quickening pace with minimal design effort.

 

WiFi Enabling Software for Embedded 802.11n

New WiFi Enabling Software for Embedded 802.11 Applications.

Inventek announces new firmware for their embedded eS-WiFi embedded serial-to-WiFi module family that supports the use of simple AT Commands for controlling WiFi connectivity.  eS-WiFi modules offer an easy-to-use, plug-and-play WiFi solution that enables the embedded sector to develop integrated hardware and software WiFi solutions and to control the WiFi operation using AT Commands over a serial port.

Inventek’s eS-WiFi software uses a modified Hayes AT command set and consists of a series of short text strings which combine together to produce complete commands for communicating with the eS-WiFi module and instructing the module to connect to a network and send and
receive data.  Basic operational command examples include:

“F0” (Find Networks), “C0” (Join Network), “T0” (Ping), “S0” (Send Data), “R0” (Receive data), “C4” (Set DHCP).


A summary of the complete list of commands is available online at
http://www.inventeksys.com/specs/AT_CMD_Quick_Ref.pdf.  These commands are
sent to the eS-WiFi module over the UART input pin or through the SPI bus.   The
eS-WiFi module accepts these simple 2 digit commands, a Cortex M3 Microcomputer
interprets them and through an SDIO bus communicates with Broadcom’s 802.11
MAC/Baseband/Radio chip.   This simple AT Command Set programming feature
makes the eS-WiFi module agnostic and therefore not dependent on any specific
operating system, microprocessor or microcomputer allowing the use of a low
cost microcomputer for input to the module.

The Inventek User’s Manual for the eS-WiFi module provides program examples showing the AT Command code for several of the most popular WiFi functions such as those listed below. ·
Finding Available Networks
Join Network Access Point
Ping Host on Network
TCP Server Setup and Data Transport
TCP Client Setup and Data Transport
UDP Server Setup and Data Transport
UDP Client Setup and Data Transport

Inventek has created a You Tube video that further describes the eS-WiFi module hardware and the AT Command/Instruction Set. 

In addition to this basic configuration whereby customers use their embedded host processor to send AT commands to the eS-WiFi module over the UART pin or through the SPI bus, Inventek
offers additional flexibility for customers with either minimal program Requirements or with higher power host processors.  For applications with minimal program/processing requirements, Inventek offers the capability of integrating the customer’s host program onto the Cortex M3 microcomputer on-board the eS-WiFi module.  System inputs are supplied to the module using any of the combined total of ten (10) GPIO and ADC input pins.  For applications utilizing more powerful microcontrollers, the networking stack and services can reside on the customer’s host
microcontroller and communication to the eS-WiFi module uses the SDIO interface.  
For
applications that require customized/turnkey design, Inventek also provides customer specific hardware and software design services.  Please contact Inventek for specific details
and recommendations for system partitioning using these more advanced options.

Inventek’s eS-WiFi modules provide designers the ability to easily integrate WiFi connectivity into their systems independent of the operating system and independent of the system complexity.   Examples of the rapidly expanding embedded WiFi space include smart appliances, building automation, smart energy control, and cloud-based interconnectivity for healthcare and medical monitoring applications.

Inventek’s eS-WiFi modules are based exclusively on Broadcom’s leading edge
WiFi technology.  All eS-WiFi products use the AT commands described above, have FCC certification, and the industries smallest footprint (15mmx30mm). These features minimize development time, testing routines and certification requirements and make eS-WiFi modules well suited for a wide range of embedded wireless applications.

Main Hardware Features:

  •     802.11 b, g and n compliant based on Broadcom MAC/Baseband/Radio device.
  •     Fully contained TCP/IP stack minimizing host CPU requirements
  •     Configurable though AT commands.
  •     Host interfaces: UART, SPI up to 25MHz.
  •     Network features – ICMP ( Ping), ARP, DHCP,TCP, UDP
  •     Low power operation (3.3V supply) with built-in low power modes.
  •     Secure Wi-Fi authentication WEP-128, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK

Design Examples:

  •     PDA, Pocket PC, computing devices
  •     Building automation and smart energy control.
  •     Industrial sensing and remote equipment monitoring.
  •     Warehousing, logistics and freight management
  •     PC and gaming peripherals
  •     Printers, scanners, alarm and video systems
  •     Medical applications including patient monitoring and remote diagnostics