GainSpan, a provider of ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced a new family of Application Development Kits (ADKs) built on its new GS2000 Wi-Fi/ZigBee chip. The new ADKs leverage the higher data rates and high speed serial interfaces such as SDIO offered by the GS2000 SoC. The new family will enable a range of IoT applications, including smart home automation, wearables and more.
The first member of the ADK family to be launched is the Smartplug ADK, a reference design for a device that lets users control electrical loads and accurately measure power consumption of household electrical appliances either locally or remotely, using a PC, iOS or Android device, or web app. A key feature of the GS2000 Smartplug ADK is the GS2000 on-chip 16-bit Sigma Delta ADCs used for voltage, current, and power measurement. This feature reduces the bill-of-material of a smart plug by eliminating the cost of an additional power measurement chip.
The Smartplug ADK includes smart plug hardware, complete hardware design package and software suite with reference source code for the smart plug embedded application and iOS and Android based mobile applications. A smart plug Application Evaluation Kit (AEK) is also available that provides a binary version of the software and can be used to evaluate and demonstrate smart plug operation.
The smart plug hardware includes a standard socket, single-phase 100-265V, 10A plug which uses GainSpan’s GS2100M Wi-Fi module. The embedded software runs on the Wi-Fi module and offers complete Wi-Fi functionality including networking stack and services and wireless security. It supports mDNS/DNS-SD based device and service discovery, allowing users to automatically discover and connect to the embedded smart plug profile. It also supports connectivity to the cloud and works with the GainSpan Home Energy Management System mobile app that allows control of multiple smart plugs. The embedded software also includes provisioning software for configuration of the Wi-Fi module in Limited AP or Client modes and for over-the-air firmware upgrades. The smart plug mobile application for iOS and Android devices supports load control, and displays and charts the current, voltage and power measured over time.
According to Gainspan’s VP of Marketing Bernard Aboussouan, developers can look forward to several additional ADKs in the coming weeks.