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The design of a wireless embedded system is a multi-disciplinary effort. There are choices to be made and design analysis to be carried out in a variety of areas. Building the main application is a complex project in itself, and designers would certainly prefer to have the complexity of integrating wireless into the system to be taken care of by someone else. The common approach to bringing in Wireless LAN functionality into the design is, therefore, through the integration of a self-contained WLAN module, such as one from Redpine’s nLink or Connect-io-n product lines.

The considerations involved in the integration effort are the choice of interface to the host processor, the microcontroller itself – with variations in capability and features, the operating system, the availability of evaluation platforms, power consumption, range and throughput of data transfer, etc. After a system is built, it also needs to be certified for adherence to emission rules in various regions (FCC, IC, etc.), and for conformance to interoperability requirements (Wi-Fi).

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