Introducing GainSpan’s SDK-Builder:  Low Cost Tool to Create Custom Wi-Fi Solutions for the Internet of Things

Mar 13, 2012

San Jose, CA – March 7, 2012 GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, today introduced SDK-Builder, a web-based tool that enables developers to select Wi-Fi features and build custom binary for their embedded devices, with no IDE tool chain. SDK-Builder, the first such tool for the embedded Wi-Fi market, reduces development cost for companies designing connected devices based on GainSpan’s Wi-Fi modules.

SDK-Builder eliminates the need to use pre-built firmware binary images, but rather allows users to create custom firmware binary images on-demand tailored to their applications.  This new tool provides a baseline default configuration (essential wireless stack features, WPA/WPA-2 personal security and networking services) and then lets developers choose the additional software features and functionalities by selecting them on a menu. Features include host interfaces, security, provisioning methods, application layer protocols, and over-the-air firmware upgrade, using external flash and other test modes. 

In addition, SDK-Builder provides developers with built-in intelligence to eliminate invalid code combinations, a real time binary file size indicator to show total memory usage, and error alerts when memory limits are exceeded.  

“With our growing customer base, there was  increasing interest from customers with no expertise or no special customization needs, to get a low cost tool to customize the binary image for a given device without code development,” said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing at GainSpan. “SDK-Builder is the perfect tool for them.”

GainSpan Embedded Wi-Fi Modules

SDK-Builder can be used with GainSpan’s family of certified Wi-Fi modules:  the GS1500M is a leading-edge 802.11b/g/n solution, while the GS1011M is an ultra-low power 802.11b solution which is ideal for battery operated devices.

About GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things.  Its easy-to-use system-on-chip (SoC), modules and software, let customers leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets.  The solutions feature an ultra low power SoC that consumes just a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms, ideal for battery operated devices requiring long life. The Wi-Fi chip handles all Wi-Fi functionalities, networking and security stacks, offloading when required the host MCU and accelerating wireless development cycles.  For more information about GainSpan, visit:

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