TI’s WiLink8 module plus Freescale i.MX6 reference design, in distribution

October 30, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Arrow offers a combination that it says enables “significantly more advanced functionality and connectivity while saving time and design costs” using the certified WiLink 8 module from Texas Instruments (TI) combined with i.MX6 processors from Freescale.

The module enables Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo-connectivity in a single package which can be added to embedded applications. This reference design also addresses the growing application needs of the Internet of Things enabling connectivity, data management and data visualisation.

This combination solution, says Arrow, means that the WiLink 8 module can deliver superior quality wireless connectivity combined with high-performance industry recognised embedded technology. The combination of i.MX6 with WiLink 8 in this reference design offers an integrated solution that is straightforward to install.

WiLink 8 modules connect to platforms using secure digital and multi-media cards (SD/MMC). Build guidelines and packages are available for developers working with Linux and Android operating systems while third party support is available for those interested in RTOS or WinCE.

The package, available from Arrow Electronics, also includes an RF test tool, a Bluetooth stack with BT4.0 and BLE profiles and a kit that bridges between i.MX6 platforms and WiLink 8 modules. Among the platforms supported are Sabre, Solo-light and RIOT.

“Our certified WiLink 8 combo-connectivity module gives developers the flexibility to add connectivity to the processor platform of their choice. Enabling this solution to work with the i.MX6 platform allows designers to add topnotch connectivity to a wide range of applications,” said Eran Zigman, business line manager, wireless connectivity solutions, Texas Instruments.

Arrow Electronics; www.arrow.com