News | March 26, 2012

Microchip Combines Wi-Fi Module And 32-Bit PIC32 Microcontroller In Cost-Effective New Demo Board


Microchip's Compact Demo Board Makes it Easy to Evaluate the Combination of 32-bit MCU Performance and Low-Power Wi-Fi; Includes Free and Full-Featured TCP/IP Stack

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, recently announced the Wi-Fi Comm Demo Board, which combines Microchip's best-in-class 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family with its low-power MRF24WB0MA agency-certified, IEEE 802.11, embedded Wi-Fi radio transceiver module. Additionally, Microchip provides a free and full-featured TCP/IP stack, which is available today for download at This compact and cost-effective demo board is easy to integrate with existing embedded designs, to evaluate Wi-Fi connectivity and 32-bit performance with minimal effort.

Ask to see this board in action at next week's Embedded Systems Conference/DESIGN West( in San Jose, at Microchip's Booth #1116.

Microchip's free, commercial-grade TCP/IP stack delivers all the key stack layers for a complete Wi-Fi based design. This includes HTML, DHCP, DNS, IPv4/v6, SSL, etc. In combination with the low-power Wi-Fi module and a PIC32 MCU, this stack delivers a highly optimized embedded Wi-Fi solution.

The pervasive Wi-Fi infrastructure continues to enable the rapid growth of the embedded "Internet of Things" in an expanding number of applications, such as thermostats, appliances, meters, pumps, security systems and sensors. This expansion includes the owners of existing systems, who want to retrofit and add connectivity without installing wires. Microchip's Wi-Fi module and TCP/IP stack enable this connectivity for control and communication over the Internet, while its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family provides the performance and features to simultaneously process both Wi-Fi communications and a large number of other functions. These functions include audio, graphic displays and touch sensing, and general system command-and-control operations.

"This demo board makes it easy to evaluate and integrate the combination of Microchip's Wi-Fi solutions and 32-bit MCUs in one compact and cost-effective package," said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip's Wireless Products Division. "Our free, full-featured TCP/IP software stack and the fact that our Wi-Fi module is certified by multiple international communications agencies further speeds development."

Availability and Pricing
Microchip's Wi-Fi Comm Demo Board (part # DV102411) is available today for $49 at Microchip's free TCP/IP stack can be downloaded now from Ask to see the board in action at next week's Embedded Systems Conference/DESIGN West in San Jose, at Microchip's Booth #1116.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip's authorized distribution partners.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Microchip Technology Inc.