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Issue 45 Headlines


GainSpan Provides Access Point Mode on Embedded Wi-Fi Modules
Bluegiga Enables the Development of Bluetooth® 4.0 Accessories for iPhone 4S
Atollic Bundles SEGGER J-Link JTAG Probe with TrueSTUDIO Embedded Development IDE
FTDI Releases C232HM MPSSE Cables for SPI, I2C and JTAG Communications
EAD Introduces GPS-Stubby Active Antenna



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GainSpan Provides Access Point Mode on Embedded Wi-Fi Modules

Turns GainSpan enabled products into instant wireless access points; simplifies provisioning and improves ease-of-use

GainSpan Corporation, a leader in low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions and available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, announced it has added Limited Access Point (Limited-AP) capability to its family of embedded Wi-Fi modules. With this capability, any GainSpan enabled embedded Wi-Fi product can serve as an instant access point so that common consumer wireless devices, such as notebooks, tablets or smart phones, are very easily able to establish a connection using Wi-Fi.

By providing embedded Limited-AP capability, GainSpan obviates the need for complex configurations of typical access points. For the end user, this translates into the Wi-Fi provisioning being fast, simple and a very familiar process.

Take an example of a low-cost Wi-Fi Smart Plug, which in most cases will have a load connected to it – a lamp, fan or an appliance for instance. Next, consider the challenge of configuring the Wi-Fi Smart Plug to join a Wi-Fi network, as it may not support a display screen, nor any visual LEDs/control buttons. With a GainSpan Wi-Fi module embedded in the Smart Plug, the Limited-AP capability enables a very familiar provisioning user experience, one akin to setting up your laptop on your home Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug simply powers up as an access point, allowing a handheld consumer Wi-Fi product -- such as a Smartphone – to connect to it using built-in highly secure WPA/WPA2-Personal wireless security modes. So by enabling the Wi-Fi on your Smartphone, you are then able to scan and discover the Smart Plug device. Next, by using the hosted web server within the GainSpan module, the Smart Plug can be configured to join one of the Wi-Fi networks that the Smart Plug discovers. The Smart Plug changes from being an Access Point into a client of a Wi-Fi network.

In another example, the same Smart Plug, using Limited-AP, can be configured to remain in access point mode instead of being turned into a client of another access point. The benefit of this mode is providing a universal solution that does not depend on the capabilities of the smartphone or the local AP, and enabling connectivity and data exchange amongst up to eight client Wi-Fi devices.

With GainSpan’s Limited-AP capability, a wide variety of deeply embedded Wi-Fi enabled products such as thermostats, in-home displays, sensors, appliances and even security locks can act as an access point and be easily provisioned to join a home Wi-Fi network.

“Many device manufacturers in the Smart Energy, Healthcare and Residential Control & Monitoring markets are developing products for everyday consumers. Consumers want to be able to easily connect these products to their smart phones, tablets and home Wi-Fi networks,” said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing, GainSpan. “Our Limited-AP feature helps OEMs improve the provisioning process and the out of the box user experience.”

GainSpan Wi-Fi Modules

The Limited-AP capability is supported by the complete line of GainSpan low power embedded Wi-Fi modules. All modules are pin to pin and footprint compatible: The GS1500M provides leading-edge 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity with speeds up to 72 Mbps, while the GS1011M offers 802.11b/g/n connectivity with speeds up to 11 Mbps. The modules have a number of options of antenna and power amplifiers for range and power consumption optimization. Both modules provide serial interface (UART, SPI) to an 8/16/32-bit host microcontroller and use simple AT commands. The modules not only dramatically reduce RF design time but also remove the burden of testing and certification.


The Limited-AP capability is now available as part of GainSpan’s latest software release. GainSpan modules and software can be purchased from Glyn Store webshop.

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Bluegiga Enables the Development of Bluetooth® 4.0 Accessories for iPhone 4S

BLE112-DevKit_300.jpgBluegiga Technologies, available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, introduces a new reference implementation of its BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode low energy platform allowing companies to quickly create Bluetooth 4.0 accessories compatible with Apple’s iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S is the first smart phone that supports the new Bluetooth 4.0 standard. This opens the door for designers to create a new breed of low power wireless sensing devices that can communicate with a mobile device while still providing connectivity to traditional Bluetooth headset and HID devices.

“The release of iPhone 4S is a great milestone for the entire Bluetooth community and begins a new era of Bluetooth accessory development. I am certain Android and Windows mobile devices will quickly follow.” remarks Mikko Savolainen, VP Product Management.

Bluegiga Technologies has developed a reference platform for OEMs to quickly develop and deploy Bluetooth 4.0 applications. The reference platform consist of our BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode development kit, Bluetooth 4.0 software development kit, and reference application for iOS5. Bluegiga also provides example applications for accessories such as proximity tags, heart rate sensors, and thermometers. This will simplify the development process for designers and reduce product time to market.

BLE112 development kit consists of Bluegiga’s BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode development board with integrated accelerometer, display, temperature, potentiometer, and battery sensor. The development kit will allow OEMs to quickly prototype Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and gives software developers a platform to rapidly develop applications.

Bluegiga’s Bluetooth 4.0 software development kit includes tools for creating Bluetooth 4.0 profiles with simple XML schema and standalone Bluetooth 4.0 applications utilizing the processing power of the BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode module.

The final element that pulls everything together is Bluegiga’s heart rate reference application for Apple’s iOS5. This example shows developers how to connect Bluetooth 4.0 devices with iOS5 and exchange data back and forth over the Bluetooth link.

“Bluegiga understands the pressures of time to market and want to make Bluetooth accessory development as easy as possible for our customers. We believe this reference implementation provides OEMs a great foundation to rapidly create a Bluetooth 4.0 accessory and generate revenue quickly for their business.” says Antti Sivula, CEO.

Bluegiga’s Bluetooth 4.0 products:

BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 development kit
BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode module
BLED112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode USB dongle


Bluegiga’s DKBLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 Development Kit can be purchased from Glyn Store webshop at discounted price till 23rd December 2012.


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Atollic Bundles SEGGER J-Link JTAG Probe with TrueSTUDIO Embedded Development IDE


Atollic_TrueSTUDIO_JLINK_bundle_300.jpgAtollic, available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, announced recently the launch of a complete embedded development package comprising its award-winning Atollic TrueSTUDIO® C/C++ development tool, and the J-Link JTAG debug probe from SEGGER Microcontroller.


With this package, embedded C/C++ developers get a state-of-the-art tool chain for professional ARM® development, and a high-quality JTAG probe for the most demanding of debugging tasks.


“With the bundling of J-Link, the most feature-rich development tool for ARM devices gets even more complete”, says Magnus Unemyr, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Atollic. “We have deeply integrated J-Link into TrueSTUDIO and now offer embedded developers a one-stop-shop for professional development solutions”.


The J-Link debug probe integrates seamlessly into the Atollic TrueSTUDIO development environment, and provides a true “one-click” debug solution, simplifying daily use. The Atollic TrueSTUDIO project wizard auto-generates suitable debug configurations for J-Link and all supported evaluation boards. This provides developers with a comprehensive development and debug environment that works straight from the box.


"Atollic offers an excellent Eclipse-based development tool chain in TrueSTUDIO. With TrueINSPECTOR, TrueVERIFIER and TrueANALYZER the tool chain is complemented by powerful test coverage solutions. Bundling TrueSTUDIO with the market-leading J-Link is the logical next step after improving the advanced J-Link integration in all their tools, from debugger to code-analyser," says Dirk Akemann, Partnership Marketing Manager at SEGGER.


SEGGER J-Link is a USB powered JTAG emulator for ARM devices, supporting the Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface and Serial Wire Viewer (SWV) real-time tracing.


J-Link is fully plug-and-play compatible, using a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. No extra power supply is required, as the debug probe is powered through the USB cable.


Advanced features, like Serial Wire Viewer (SWV), enable developers to do advanced system analysis and real-time tracing in the Atollic TrueSTUDIO debugger with a minimum of effort. Atollic TrueSTUDIO extracts tracing information from ARM Cortex® processors using the J-Link debug probe and presents it in real-time trace logs and graphical charts.


Atollic TrueSTUDIO was recently announced one of EDN magazine’s “Hot 100 products of 2011”. It supports most ARM-based devices and evaluation boards from leading semiconductor manufacturers. With its optimizing C/C++ compiler and multiprocessor-aware debugger embedded developers can work more efficiently and  be more productive. State-of-the-art features for code editing and navigation, code complexity management, and team collaboration are included too.


Q: What is the advantage of J-Link versus simple probes such as FTDI based systems?


A: J-Link has numerous advantages. One of the biggest advantages is the J-Link software supplied by SEGGER, which allows using it with common IDEs, the availability of flash breakpoints for people debugging software which runs in the flash of microcontrollers, as well as the high speed of the J-Link and the simple and very fast download into flash memory.

In contrast to most of the simple probes, it supports adaptive clocking as well as SWD and SWO. It also works more stable since it is not just a dump USB to JTAG converter, but uses the intelligence of the built-in CPU, providing a more robust communication, especially in situations where the target CPU runs at low clock speeds.

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FTDI Releases C232HM MPSSE Cables for SPI, I2C and JTAG Communications


FTDI_USB-C232HM_300.jpgFTDI, available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution, is pleased to announce the availability of new cables to exploit the Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) found in the new FT232H IC.  FT232H is a high speed single channel USB to UART/FIFO IC and using a serial EEPROM interface, this device can be configured for a wide variety of asynchronous and synchronous serial standards, such as JTAG, SPI, I2C and UART as well as synchronous and asynchronous parallel FIFO interfaces.


The USB-MPSSE cable is capable of providing a USB to SPI, I2C or JTAG interface. 

To further simplify application development, FTDI also provides free libraries to transparently handle the MPSSE configuration for several protocols.

The USB-MPSSE cable can be purchased from Glyn Store webshop.

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EAD Introduces GPS-Stubby Active Antenna


GPS-Stubby_300.jpgDesigned with GPS-enabled devices in mind where an external GPS antenna is required, but where the application would be better served with an antenna without a jumper cable, the GPS Stubby can be mounted directly onto a SMA-Female panel mount connector on the device itself. It is an ideal solution for portable systems such as telemetry, geological and surveying products where cabled GPS antennas would just get in the way. Beyond this there is no reason why taxi metering systems, telematics terminals and other GPS-based devices shouldn’t use the GPS-Stubby instead of window-mount, magnetic-mount and screw-mount GPS antennas.


The key features of this antenna are:


·         GPS Active Antenna

·         26 dB LNA Gain

·         SMA-Male Straight or Right Angle Connector

·         Compact and Durable Sheath

·         CE-Marked Solution


First samples will be available from Glyn Store webshop in late January 2012.


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