Microchip announces a major expansion of its embedded wireless portfolio, the Bluetooth® additions include the PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, featuring modules, stacks and CODECs, and XBee® footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks. The new Wi-Fi® offerings comprise IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with Microchip’s feature-rich and free source-code TCP/IP stack running on a PIC® microcontroller for greater configurability, as well as XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks for ease of use. Microchip is also adding a low-power 2.4GHz radio that supports, for the first time in one chip, both the IEEE 802.15.4 and proprietary data rates (from 125kbps to 2Mbps), including the ZigBee®, MiWi™ and other proprietary protocols. There are many wireless-network designs that need to operate with very low power consumption. Examples include battery-powered home and industrial automation wireless-sensor mesh networks, as well as ZigBee RF4CE-standard-based remote controls. Microchip’s next-generation, 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 MRF24XA transceiver radio provides a very low operating voltage range of 1.5 to 3.6V and receive power consumption of only 13mA, which enables years of battery life.