Microchip Zero-G Wi-Fi Modules
Here's a really interesting new product from Microchip:
The Microchip Technology ZG2100M and ZG2101M Zero-G Wi-Fi Modules are low-power 802.11b implementations containing all RF components, the baseband, and the entirety of the 802.11 MAC on-module, creating a simple and cost-effective means to add Wi-Fi connectivity for embedded devices. The Microchip Technology ZG2100M module incorporates the Zero-G ZG2100 single chip 802.11b transceiver with all associated RF components, crystal oscillator, and bypass and bias passives along with a PCB antenna to provide a fully integrated Wi-Fi I/O solution controllable from an 8- or 16-bit processor.
According to Microchip, "These Zero-G Wi-Fi modules are ideal for utility and smart energy applications, consumer electronics, industrial controls, remote device management, and retail, as well as medical, fitness, and healthcare equipment."
This looks like it'd be really fun to play with for embedded applications!
And here are a couple video presentations that introduce the modules:
The modules are available from Microchip distributors including Mouser.
Learn more from the Microchip ZeroG page.