Wireless Connectivity

WiLink Combo Solutions – Tools & software

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Kits & evaluation modules

WiLink™ 8 solutions consist of an array of kits and evaluation modules to streamline your design and speed time to market. Select a platform below to discover WiLink 8 solutions that fit your design needs.

Sitara AM335x processor-based BeagleBone green wireless

SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless is a joint effort by BeagleBoard.org and Seeed Studio. Based on the open-source hardware design of BeagleBone Black, the newest BBGW has added two Grove connectors, making it easier to connect to the large family of Grove sensors. It is the first Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) board from BeagleBone community. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.

Sitara AM335x processor-based BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for ARM® Cortex®-A8 processor developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10-seconds and get started on Sitara AM335x processor development in less than five minutes with just a single USB cable. BeagleBone Black ships with the Debian GNU/Linux in onboard FLASH to start evaluation and development. Many other Linux distributions and operating systems are also supported on BeagleBone Black including Ubuntu, Android and Fedora. BeagleBone Black's capabilities can be extended using plug-in boards called "capes" that can be plugged into BeagleBone Black's two 46-pin dual-row expansion headers. Plug in the WiLink 8 Beagle cape and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today! Additional capes are available for, VGA, LCD, motor control, prototyping, battery power and other functionality.

BeagleBone Black

StreamUnlimited cape

The TI WiLink 8 Wi-Fi®/Bluetooth®/Bluetooth Smart audio multi-room cape, created in partnership with StreamUnlimited, provides a precise multi-room audio synchronization platform in conjunction with the BeagleBone Black.

  • Ultra-precise audio multi-room synchronization between multiple speakers/capes.
  • StreamUnlimited Software Development Kit (SDK supports rich set of online music services, UPnP, Airplay® audio receiver, GStreamer, etc.).
  • Wi-Fi dual-band support on 2.4 GHz band (featuring 2x2 MIMO) and antenna diversity on 5 GHz band.
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth (A2DP)/Bluetooth Smart co-ex and multi-role AP/station supportStereo ADC/DAC support - On board
  • Stereo ADC/DAC and line in/out connectors.
  • Features TI Sitara™ AM335x processor

Wireless Connectivity Cape for BeagleBone Black solution

TI and Element14 have teamed up to create a combo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee® and NFC cape for the BeagleBone Black. The Wireless Connectivity Cape for BeagleBone Black features the WiLink WL1837MOD along with a TI CC2530 SoC to bring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 802.15.4 all into one convenient cape.

  • Wi-Fi dual-band support on 2.4GHz band (featuring 2x2 MIMO) and antenna diversity on 5GHz band.
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth (A2DP)/Bluetooth Smart co-ex and multi-role AP/station support.
  • Support for IEEE 802.15.4, Zigbee and RF4CE.
  • Includes a dynamic NFC transponder (antenna required).
  • Features TI’s SmartConfig™ technology.

Sitara™ AM335x evaluation module

The Sitara AM335x evaluation module (EVM) enables developers to immediately start evaluating the Sitara AM335x processor family (AM3352, AM3354, AM3356, AM3358) and begin building applications such as portable navigation, portable gaming, home/building automation and others. Plug in the WiLink 8 COM8 module and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today.

The WL1835MODCOM8 is one of the two evaluation boards for the TI WiLink 8 combo module family. For designs requiring performance in the 5 GHz band and extended temperature range, see the WL1837MODCOM8I.

The WL1835MODCOM8 Kit for Sitara EVMs easily enables customers to add Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (WL183x module only) to embedded applications based on TI's Sitara microprocessors. TI's WiLink 8 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth modules are pre-certified and offer high throughput and extended range along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence (WL183x modules only) in a power-optimized design. Drivers for the Linux and Android high-level operating systems (HLOSs) are available free of charge from TI for the Sitara AM335x microprocessor (Linux and Android version restrictions apply).

Sitara AM335x evaluation module

Sitara AM572x evaluation module

The Sitara AM572x evaluation module (EVM) provides a platform to quickly start evaluation of Sitara AM57x processors (AM5728, AM5726, AM5718) and accelerate development for HMI, machine vision, networking, medical imaging and many other industrial applications. It is a development platform based on the dual ARM® Cortex® -A15, dual C66x digital signal processor (DSP) that is integrated with tons of connectivity such as PCIe, SATA, HDMI, USB 3.0/2.0, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, and more. The Sitara AM572x EVM also integrates video and 3D/2D graphics acceleration, as well as a quad-core programmable real-time unit (PRU) and dual ARM Cortex-M4 cores. Plug in the WiLink™ 8 COM8 Module and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today.

The WL1835MODCOM8 is one of the two evaluation boards for the TI WiLink 8 combo module family. For designs requiring performance in the 5 GHz band and extended temperature range, see the WL1837MODCOM8I.

The WL1835MODCOM8 Kit for Sitara EVMs easily enables customers to add Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (WL183x module only) to embedded applications based on TI's Sitara microprocessors. TI's WiLink 8 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth modules are pre-certified and offer high throughput and extended range along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence (WL183x modules only) in a power-optimized design. Drivers for the Linux and Android high-level operating systems (HLOSs) are available free of charge from TI for the Sitara AM335x microprocessor (Linux and Android version restrictions apply).

Sitara AM572x evaluation module

Sitara AM572x evaluation module

The Sitara AM437x evaluation module (EVM) enables developers to immediately start evaluating the Sitara AM437x processor family (AM4376, AM4377, AM4378 and AM4379) and begin building applications such as portable navigation, patient monitoring, home/building automation, barcode scanners, portable data terminals and others. Plug in the WiLink 8 COM8 module and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today.

The WL1835MODCOM8 is one of the two evaluation boards for the TI WiLink 8 combo module family. For designs requiring performance in the 5 GHz band and extended temperature range, see the WL1837MODCOM8I.

The WL1835MODCOM8 Kit for Sitara EVMs easily enables customers to add Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (WL183x module only) to embedded applications based on TI's Sitara microprocessors. TI's WiLink 8 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth modules are pre-certified and offer high throughput and extended range along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence (WL183x modules only) in a power-optimized design. Drivers for the Linux and Android high-level operating systems (HLOSs) are available free of charge from TI for the Sitara AM335x microprocessor (Linux and Android version restrictions apply).

AM437x evaluation module

DRA74x "Jacinto 6"

Developed on the same scalable architecture, DRA74x ("Jacinto 6") and DRA72x ("Jacinto 6 Eco") are two members of next-generation family of infotainment processors from TI. They enable car manufacturers to scale product investments and deliver a diverse portfolio of products with software and hardware compatibility with the broadest array of ARM Cortex-A15 devices. With the OMAP 5 architecture at its foundation — including ARM Cortex-A15 core(s), quad Cortex-M4 cores and SGX544 3D graphics core(s) – the DRA74x and DRA72x processors bring feature-rich, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics features to the next generation from entry-level to high-end. Plug in the WiLink 8 COM8Q module and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today!

DRA74x Jacinto 6

DRA72x "Jacinto 6"

Developed on the same scalable architecture, DRA74x ("Jacinto 6") and DRA72x ("Jacinto 6 Eco") are two members of next-generation family of infotainment processors from TI. They enable car manufacturers to scale product investments and deliver a diverse portfolio of products with software and hardware compatibility with the broadest array of ARM Cortex-A15 devices. With the OMAP 5 architecture at its foundation — including ARM Cortex-A15 core(s), quad Cortex-M4 cores and SGX544 3D graphics core(s) – the DRA74x and DRA72x processors bring feature-rich, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics features to the next generation of from entry- to mid-level to high-end. Plug in the WiLink 8 COM8Q Module and get started developing on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart applications today.

DRA72x Jacinto 6

Partners

WiLink system-on-modules

Partner SoM type WiLink family included WiFi BT 4.0 Zigbee OS: Android OS: Linux Order now
Variscite Dart-MX6 WL183xMOD 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 Dart-MX6
I.MX6 Solo/Dual I.MX6 Solo/Dual 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 VAR-SOM-SOLO
i.MX6 DART – MX6
802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 DART – MX6
AM437x WL183xMOD
802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 Coming soon VAR-SOM-AM437
AM335x WL183xMOD
802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 VAR-SOM-AM335
Element 14 BeagleBone (AM335x) WL1837MOD 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 Launch in 2Q16
Avnet MicroZed™ WL183xMODCOM8 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 SoM + WiLink8 adaptor
SECO I.MX6 SoLo WL1831MOD 802.11 b/g/n UDOO NEO
Gumstix AM3703 WL1831MOD 802.11 b/g/n AirSTORM-Y COM
DM3730 WL1831MOD
802.11 b/g/n FireSTORM-P COM
DM3730 WL1831MOD
802.11 b/g/n IronSTORM
96boards HiSilicon Kirin 6220 WL1835MOD 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 HiKey
Sierra Wireless WP8548/WP8548-G WL1837MOD 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 WL1837MOD based QFSB dongle + mangOH

WiLink module partners

Partner Module (TI IC)

Wi-Fi:

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Wi-Fi:

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Wi-Fi:

MIMO/MRC1

BT®4.0 GNSS Clock Size Order now
Murata Type WT-601(1801) Crystal(On Module) 87.12 mm2 Type WT DS
Type WT-631(1831)
Type WM-603(1803) Type WM DS
Type WM-633(1833)
Type XR-701(1801) Off Module Type XR DS
Jorjin WG7801-D0 (1801) Crystal (On Module) 153.6 mm2 SiP Module
WG7831-D0 (1831)
WG7801-B0 (1801) (Off Module)
WG7831-B0 (1831)
WG-7871-BN (1871) 153.6 mm2 WG-7871
WG7835-V0 (1837) Crystal (On Module) 356.44mm²
WG7833-B0 (1833) TCXO (Off Module) 153.6mm²
WG7837-V0 (1837) TCXO (On Module) 356,44mm²
Partron W1803THPC (1803) Off module 143 mm² C1833THPA
CZ3130A (WL1831, CC253x) Crystal(On Module) 441 mm² CZ3130A DS

WiLink software partners

Partner Solutions
Stream Unlimited

Audio SW solutions

Electronics, Embedded SW, Apps, EMC

Streaming media solutions

Streaming audio multi-room

Wireless design in and support services

From prototyping to mass production

Intelligraphics

Windows OS, CCX, FIPS and SW porting on different platforms/OS

WiLink 8 drivers for : Windows 7, Windows 8, WES7, WEC7

BT/BLE stack running on Windows OS

Pre certified CCX solution

802.11r : Enhanced roaming capabilities like those needed in pico-cell environments

FIPS-140 security

Wi-Fi packet sniffing, monitor mode capabilities

Security and WFA certification

Mentor Graphics

WiLink 8 drivers part of the Nucleus OS

Wi-Fi Alliance certification support (can include in NRE)

Test results as part of the Nucleus package

Clarinox

Multi-OS expertise - Linux,Android, QNX, Windows AM335 Android and Windows BSP

Application development (QT and UI)

LSR

HW design and regulatory certification

Antenna Development and board design

FCC/IC/CE Testing Services

Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG testing

Chip-down design

Antenna design and simulation

Sporton

One stop service for both regulatory and industry standard compliance:
Regulatory (mandatory)

    - FCC, CE, JRF, International Approval

    - EMC/Basic RF/SAR/HAC/Safety

Industry Standard (voluntary)

    - GCF/PTCRB

    - CTIA OTA

    - Field trial & Qi

Software

WiLink 8 Wi-Fi® Driver for Linux OS

The NLCP package contains the install package, pre-compiled object and source of the TI Linux open-source Wi-Fi image to easily upgrade the default Linux based PROCESSOR-SDK-AMXXXX release with the TI WiLink family NLCP Wi-Fi® driver. 

  • WiLink 8 drivers are on the Linux® mainline kernel. TI platforms come with an out-of-box experience using the Processor SDK. The NLCP package is relevant for platforms that are not based on the Processor SDK or the Linux mainline kernel.

WiLink 8 device MCP proprietary Wi-Fi driver for non-Linux OS

The MCP package contains the install package, pre-compiled object and source of the proprietary Wi-Fi Driver - QNX, Nucleus, WinCE as well as ThreadX, FreeRTOS, µC, MQX ,RTX and uITRON RTOS baseline image to easily integrate the TI WiLink Wi-Fi drivers.

  • The MCP package is not relevant for Linux-based platforms. For more information on drivers for Linux-based platforms, see the NLCP release.

WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi mesh solution

The WiLink™ 8 mesh solution is based on the 802.11s Wi-Fi mesh topology enabling coverage extension without the need for additional equipment or wiring- a superior solution for audio, industrial and building automation.

In a traditional Wi-Fi setup, if a device is too far from the access point, it won’t be able to connect to the network. On a Wi-Fi mesh network, connectivity isn’t a problem! Achieve extended range by using mesh topology to provide connectivity to devices outside of the access point’s reach without adding additional infrastructure. Each device communicates with one another to form an inter-connected mesh, where traffic is relayed through multiple nodes to the destination. To reduce congestion, traffic on the mesh stays within the mesh, there is no need for the access point.

Our self-healing network and optimized path selection algorithm provides robust network reliability. The mesh open source software package is compatible with any WiLink 8 module, free to download and requires only a network reconfiguration making transitioning to a Wi-Fi mesh topology easy.

Along with the mesh software package, we also have the WiLink™ Mesh Visualization Tool for WL18XX Modules which is a Microsoft® Windows®-based software tool used for exploring and displaying mesh networks.

To get started developing on your PC, order the BeagleBone Black board and E14 Cape WL1837MOD.

WiLink 8 Linux Bluetooth Add-On

This package contains the install package, pre-compiled object and source of the TI Bluetooth stack and platform manager to easily upgrade the default Linux-based PROCESSOR-SDK binary on a Sitara AM57x evaluation module (EVM), Sitara AM437x EVM, Sitara AM335x EVM or BeagleBone.

  • The software was built with Linaro GCC and can be added to Linux SDKs that use similar toolchain on other platforms. For licensing information, release notes and profiles supported, please download the package.

WiLink 8 Bluetooth service pack

The Bluetooth service pack is composed of the following four files:

  • BTS file (TIInit_11.8.32.bts) - required
  • ILI file (TIInit_11.8.32.ili) - For debug FW only
  • XML (TIInit_11.8.32.xml) - For debug FW only
  • Release notes document
  • License agreement
  • The BTS file is used for Bluetooth firmware initialization.

  • The ILI file is used to decode the Bluetooth firmware logger. The XML file is used by the HCITester application to display the BTS in a user friendly manner.

WiLink™ 8 wireless tools for WL18XX modules

This package includes the following applications:

  • WLAN Real-Time Tuning Tool (RTTT)
  • Bluetooth Logger
  • WLAN gLogger
  • Link Quality Monitor (LQM)
  • HCITester Tool
  • BTSout
  • BTSTransform
  • ScriptPad
  • Start evaluating WiLink 8 devices today with the wireless tools for WL18xx modules. The WiLink 8 wireless tools provide the capability to trace and monitor Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi processor activity as well as RF transmission, receive and pre-certification testing.

Technical resources

Reference designs

Comprehensive motor drive and control designs include schematics or block diagrams, BOMs, design files and test reports.

Low system power

WiLink 8 devices are able to achieve low system power consumption by using two features:

ELP mode is enabled by default and allows the AP or station to go to sleep between beacons, saving several mA of power consumption.

Wake on Wireless LAN enables the host processor to go to sleep while the WiLink 8 module is awake and listening for "magic packets," which are fully configurable. Once the WiLink 8 module receives the packets, it wakes up the host processor using an interrupt pin.

TX/RX testing

Production line tests (PLT) are used at the production line after designing the board with the WiLink 8 device. This is to sanity check that the board works properly and detect any major design issues and manufacturing defects.

WLAN testing is achieved with the Calibrator tool or Real Time Tuning Tool (RTTT) software, which is part of the wireless tools package.

TX/RX testing

Certification

TI WiLink 8 modules are certified for FCC, IC, CE and MIC. The WiLink 8 modules are also Bluetooth Qualified Design by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG). Reduce design cost and speed time to market with our WiLink 8 solutions.

Certifications

WiLink 8 module demos

Evaluate with the following Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Zigbee® demos

Audio demo kit with 802.11s mesh networking

TI's WiLink 8 audio demo kit is designed to demonstrate an audio solution offered by Texas Instruments in partnership with StreamUnlimited (SU). This kit includes three (3) battery powered Sitara™ processor-based BeagleBone Black boards and StreamUnlimited multi-room WL1837MOD cape that feature 802.11s (mesh) support, ultra-precise audio synchronization, multi-room features, BT (A2DP) music distribution (over mesh / AP), support for online music services, UPnP and more. The design is also Apple Airplay® certifiable and supports Google Cast™ audio.

Wi-Fi demos

This demo shows how to configure the WiLink™ 8 module for station mode and connect to a non-secured AP using IW commands.

Connect to secure AP using WPA_supplicant

This demo shows you how to configure the WiLink 8 module for station mode to connect to a Wi-Fi network that supports arbitrary security modes. The configuration commands can be executed using a serial communication program while connected to the platform's serial port.

Portable wireless gateway

This demo allows users to connect a mobile device to access the Internet through a WiLink™ 8 device, which is connected to the Internet through their home AP. This shows the multi-role capabilities of WiLink™ 8 devices and also provides instructions for using iPerf to measure throughput in this scenario.

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth coexistence demo: Wi-Fi video + Bluetooth A2DP audio

This demo will show the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence on WiLink 8 devices by configuring the Wi-Fi portion to STA/AP traffic while audio is streaming through the Bluetooth interface (A2DP).

Configurable low-power Wi-Fi

WiLink 8 devices are capable of achieving low system power through the use of Wake on Wireless LAN. This feature enables the host processor to go to sleep while the WiLink 8 module is listening for "magic packets." The goal of this demo is to wake up the Sitara™ processor from suspend mode based on a pre-defined configurable wake up event. In this case, we specify that only the magic packets targeting the MAC address of the platform can wake it up.