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Processor External MPU Package (mm) 4.6x4.9 WSP, 0.4 Pitch, 130-pin Protocols Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz Throughput (Max) (Mbps) 100 Security Networking security (WPA3) Features 802.11bgn, AP, STA, Wi-Fi direct mode, Mesh over Wi-Fi based on 802.11s open-in-new Find other Wi-Fi products

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DSBGA (YFV) 130 23 mm² 4.694 x 4.988 open-in-new Find other Wi-Fi products

Features

  • General
    • Packaged in wafer scale package (WSP) for small PCB footprint
    • Provides efficient direct connection to battery by employing several integrated switched mode power supplies (DC2DC)
    • Seamless integration with TI Sitara and other application processors
    • Operating temperature: -40°C to +85°C
    • 105°C Extended temperature range is supported only in defined use-case profile
  • Wi-Fi
    • Baseband processor and RF Transceiver with support for IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    • Integrated 2.4G-Hz PA for complete WLAN solution
    • Medium access controller
      • Hardware-based encryption and decryption using 64-, 128-, and 256-bit WEP, TKIP, or AES keys
      • Support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2, WPA3)and IEEE 802.11i
    • IEEE Std 802.11d,e,h,i,k,r PICS Compliant
    • 802.11v support for high-precision timing and location approximation
    • Supports 4 bit SDIO host interface, including High Speed (H3) and V3 modes
  • Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (WL1831 only)
    • Bluetooth 5.1 secure connection compliant and CSA2 support (Declaration ID: D032799)
    • Host controller interface (HCI) transport for Bluetooth over UART
    • Dedicated audio processor support for SBC encoding and A2DP
    • Dual-mode Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy
    • TI’s Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy certified stack
  • Key Benefits
    • Differentiated use cases by configuring WiLink 8 simultaneously in two roles (STA and AP) to connect directly with other Wi-Fi devices on different RF channels (Wi-Fi networks)
    • Different provisioning methods for in-home devices - connect to Wi-Fi in one step
    • Low Wi-Fi power consumption in connected idle (<800 µA)
    • Configurable wake-on-WLAN filters to only wake up the system
    • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth single antenna coexistence
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Description

The WiLink™ 8 WL18x1 is a highly integrated single-chip WLAN, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low Energy device that forms a complete stand-alone communication system.

The device is the 8th-generation connectivity combo chip from Texas Instruments. As such, the WL18x1 is based upon proven technology and complements the TI integrated devices for connectivity portfolio. This device is ideal for use in mobile devices, mobile computer and catalog embedded device applications due to its low current, small area and coexistence-friendly features. TI offers drivers for high-level operating systems such as Linux and Android™. Additional drivers, such as WinCE and RTOS, which includes QNX, Nucleus, ThreadX, and FreeRTOS are supported through third parties.

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* Data sheet WL18x1 WiLink™ 8 Single-Band Combo Device Supporting Wi-Fi® , Bluetooth® , and Bluetooth® Low Energy datasheet May 14, 2021
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User guide WiLink8 Getting Started Guide (Rev. A) May 14, 2021
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Technical article Thread vs. Zigbee – what’s the difference? May 16, 2018

Design & development

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Software development

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK) Download
Processor SDK for AM335x Sitara Processors - Linux and TI-RTOS support
PROCESSOR-SDK-AM335X Processor SDK (Software Development Kit) is a unified software platform for TI embedded processors providing easy setup and fast out-of-the-box access to benchmarks and demos.  All releases of Processor SDK are consistent across TI’s broad portfolio, allowing developers to seamlessly (...)
Features

Linux features

  • Open Linux support
  • Linux kernel and Bootloaders
  • File system
  • Qt/Webkit application framework
  • 3D graphics support
  • Integrated WLAN and Bluetooth® support
  • GUI-based application launcher
  • Example applications, including:
    • ARM benchmarks: Dhrystone, Linpack, Whetstone
    • Webkit web browser
    • Soft Wifi access (...)
APPLICATION SOFTWARE & FRAMEWORK Download
WiLink™ Wireless Tools for WL18XX modules
WILINK-BT_WIFI-WIRELESS_TOOLS 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

The applications provide all of the capabilities required to debug and monitor WiLink™ WLAN/Bluetooth/Bluetooth low (...)

APPLICATION SOFTWARE & FRAMEWORK Download
WiLink™ Mesh Visualization Tool for WL18XX Modules
WILINK-WIFI_MESH_VISUALIZATION_TOOL — Wireless Mesh Explorer is a Microsoft® Windows® based software tool for exploring and displaying mesh networks based on the Texas Instruments WiLink8.0 chipset.
Features
  • Network discovery capability over DHCP or MDNS
  • Mesh visualization capabilities and data on each one of the nodes
  • Path selection visualization
DRIVER OR LIBRARY Download
WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi Driver for Linux OS
WILINK8-WIFI-NLCP

WiLink™ 8 NLCP package consists of build scripts to update WiLink™ 8 Linux driver, firmware binary, wpa supplicant, hostapd etc. For more details please refer to the release notes and user’s guide

Software block overview:

WL18xx Linux driver uses the open source components along with the interface (...)

Features
  • Linux open-source Wi-Fi package.
  • TI NLCP releases are Wi-Fi Alliance pre-certified.
  • IEEE: 802.11 a,b,g,n, 2X2 MIMO @ 2.4 GHz and antenna diversity @ 5 GHz
  • Supported Modes: STA, AP, P2P, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Mesh
  • Up to 100 Mbps UDP throughput
  • Security: WPA3, WMM-PS, WMM-AC, WPA/2PSK, Ent,WPS,WPSv2
  • Low power (...)

Design tools & simulation

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Third party wireless module search tool
3P-WIRELESS-MODULES The third party wireless module search tool helps developers to identify products that meet their end equipment specifications and procure production ready wireless modules. The third party module vendors included in the search tool are independent third party companies with expertise in designing (...)
Features
  • Modules listed are based on TI wireless technology supporting Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Zigbee®, Sub-1 GHz, Sigfox, 2.4 GHz, multi-band connectivity and more
  • Modules integrate clocks, SPI flash and passive components
  • Listings included for hardware customization, software integration and cloud services
  • Listings (...)

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