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Texas Instruments SimpleLink Wi-Fi Network Processor | Featured Product Spotlight

July 26, 2019 by Mouser Electronics

This processor makes it easy to connect any MCU to the internet with low power performance.

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Texas Instruments SimpleLink Wi-Fi Network Processor

TI’s CC3135 SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® Dual Band Network Processor makes it easy to connect any MCU to the internet with a fast, secure Wi-Fi connection and best-in-class low power performance.

The CC3135 integrates a dual-band radio, MAC, and baseband and supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It also has an Arm® Cortex®-M3 MCU that runs the included Wi-Fi driver and TCP/IP stack, completely offloading network tasks from the host MCU. 

Built-in power management with configurable low-power profiles and advanced low-power modes ensures the device operates efficiently and enables its use in battery-powered applications. The CC3135 is also FIPS 140-2 level 1 certified, with network, device, and application-level security features to help developers protect data. Hardware accelerator crypto engines provide a fast, secure connection, and the network processor supports up to 16 concurrent secure socket connections.

The CC3135 is also easy-to-use. Developers can connect to the host through an SPI or UART interface, and it supports single or dual antenna designs and coexistence with other 2.4GHz radios, such as Bluetooth or Zigbee. The driver is easy-to-use, has a small memory footprint, and no performance or real-time dependencies, so it can run on 8-bit to 32-bit MCUs. It’s also easily ported to most platforms and OSes. 

The CC3135 also has a transferable Wi-Fi Alliance Certification to save developers the time and money spent on certification testing.

TI offers the BOOSTXL-CC3135 BoosterPack™ to facilitate evaluation and development with the CC3135. The BoosterPack includes an on-board chip antenna, filters, switches, and diplexer, as well as a U.FL connector for conducted testing. It can connect to TI LaunchPads, other development platforms, or to a PC through an emulation board.

To learn more about TI’s CC3135 SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® Network Processor and its BoosterPack, visit

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