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GainSpan's Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Solutions the Choice for Internet of Things


January 09, 2014

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

GainSpan provides ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity solutions designed to address the power consumption problems among its customers and make Wi-Fi technology the choice for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Internet of Things (IoT), according to a recent report from IDC (News - Alert), represents a new construct in the information and communications technology (ICT) world as it represents huge potential for new streams of revenue and new customers.

The research expects that IoT technology and services spending will generate global revenues of $4.8 trillion in 2012 and $8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent.

GainSpan claims it offers the lowest power Wi-Fi solution for the IoT market today thanks to the patented technology and the properly architected chip in combination with software techniques and algorithms that optimize power consumption and wake up time. 

The technology 'sleeps' better and 'wakes up' faster than anyone else's Wi-Fi, GainSpan said. 

The company has showcased the latest solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES (News - Alert)) 2014, Las Vegas. Among the demonstration were GainSpan’s next-generation GS2000 Wi-Fi and combo Wi-Fi/ZigBee IP chips and modules.

The GS2000, according to GainSpan, is the industry's first single chip solution leveraging two IEEE (News - Alert) low power standard wireless technologies: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and ZigBee IP (802.15.4). The solution delivers up to 40 Mbps throughput over an SDIO interface and unmatched idle power consumption.

Additionally GS2000 delivers fast wake up performance from idle state for the longest battery life for a Wi-Fi device. With these capabilities, the GS2000 opens new market opportunities in high definition video/security cameras and audio applications such as remote speakers.

In addition to these, the GS2000 addresses the traditional markets served by GainSpan, including healthcare and fitness, smart energy and control/monitoring in commercial, industrial and residential markets.

The GS2000 also features a highly integrated and extensive networking stack that enables it to work with devices using even the most resource-constrained MCUs or devices with no MCU at all. This includes applications like door locks, smartplugs, garage door openers and more.

At CES, GainSpan also demonstrates a variety of Application Development Kits (ADKs).

Edited by Alisen Downey

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