RFM cuts Wi-Fi module pricing

Dallas, Tex. — RF Monolithics, Inc. (RFM) has reduced the pricing for its ultra-low-power Wi-Fi module. The pre-certified module with full-function, ready-to-use firmware has a new MSRP of $39 for a single-piece quantity. Volume discounts are available.

Improved manufacturing and increased production volumes were cited as the reasons for the price cut.

“Now having a module that requires no programming, no-coprocessor, and no FCC certification testing is now on par price-wise with modules that require much more effort to integrate and use,” stated Tim Cutler, RFM’s director of business development for M2M business. “And with auto-reporting functions, built-in serial-to-Wi-Fi features, and years of battery life, the WSN delivers all the features that are in demand.”

Key features of the WSN802G module include the following:

–Wi-Fi 802.11b/g based module allowing easy integration to existing Wi-Fi access points
–Multiple analog, digital, UART and SPI interfaces with auto-reporting and sleep mode
–WPA2 and 802.11x secure encryption to protect sensitive data sent wirelessly
–Variable data rates from 1 Mbps to 11 Mbps allowing for flexible designs
–Low sleep current provides operation for up to 5 years on a single AA battery
–Auto-reporting eliminates need for applications to poll – simplifying design
–Transparent Serial to Wi-Fi data transmission
–Ready-to-use out of the box – no programming or external processor needed
–Pinned and surface mount versions as well as chip antenna versions available
–FCC, Canadian IC and ETSI certified

In addition to the WSN802G battery-powered Wi-Fi products, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combination modules, RFM’s M2M portfolio includes battery-powered WirelessHART, Zigbee/802.15.4, Proprietary Mesh, and Proprietary FHSS RF modules and boxed radios.