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2010\04\29@005834 by Bob Blick

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There was a wifi thread the other day and it got mentioned that some
here had used ZeroG wifi modules and also that Microchip bought ZeroG a
few months back.

OK, today I was at the Embedded Systems Conference and found out that
there will be a new wifi module, with new branding, to replace the
ZG2100 "really soon". More features of course and if you expect to use
them with something besides a PIC, basically forget it.

You heard it here first :)

Cheers,

Bob

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2010\04\29@011901 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM, Bob Blick <spam_OUTbobblickTakeThisOuTspamftml.net> wrote:
> There was a wifi thread the other day and it got mentioned that some
> here had used ZeroG wifi modules and also that Microchip bought ZeroG a
> few months back.
>
> OK, today I was at the Embedded Systems Conference and found out that
> there will be a new wifi module, with new branding, to replace the
> ZG2100 "really soon". More features of course and if you expect to use
> them with something besides a PIC, basically forget it.

I think this makes perfect business sense for Microchip. Microchip
needs this extra perks to keep the existing PIC customers and
lure other non-PIC users to try PICs.

All in all, Microchip is doing quite well now with all the software
offerings -- USB Stack, Zigbee, IR, TCP/IP, WiFi, Graphics, etc.
Other companies also offer similar stack, but seems not that
complete as Microchip. TI/Luminary comes close, ST is clearly
a bit lagging.

The acquisitions (ZeroG, and others) mainly serve the need to
sell the PICs. So it makes perfect business to limit the use
of the software stack to be used with Microchip MCU only.


> You heard it here first :)
Thanks.




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2010\04\30@123204 by Vitaliy

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Bob Blick wrote:
> OK, today I was at the Embedded Systems Conference and found out that
> there will be a new wifi module, with new branding, to replace the
> ZG2100 "really soon". More features of course and if you expect to use
> them with something besides a PIC, basically forget it.

How do they plan to enforce it?

VItaliy

2010\04\30@125341 by Bob Blick

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On Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:31:17 -0700, "Vitaliy" said:
> Bob Blick wrote:
> > OK, today I was at the Embedded Systems Conference and found out that
> > there will be a new wifi module, with new branding, to replace the
> > ZG2100 "really soon". More features of course and if you expect to use
> > them with something besides a PIC, basically forget it.
>
> How do they plan to enforce it?

They have Ninjas, plus a strike force of jack-booted thugs just like
Apple, of course :)

In truth, I doubt they will have a need to enforce it. Not only will no
big customer of Atmel etc bother to try, but for other architectures
there will be no support. The current libaries they have developed for
other architectures will go stale. The PIC stack library will be under
the same license as all the other Microchip stuff("for Microchip
products only").

So while you are free to use the parts themselves with something other
than PICs, you will have to write the stack yourself. And Atmel has
their own pet wifi line (H+D wireless).

This vertical integration through acquisition and partnerships means
that every MCU maker now has to think about acquiring a wireless
companay. But most of them already have.

The partnership I don't like right now is Fluke + Tektronix. I hope it
doesn't mean Tektronix will start making crappy scopes and Fluke will
make crappy multimeters, instead the other way around as it has been
traditionally.

Cheers,

Bob

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2010\04\30@184336 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Sat, May 1, 2010 at 12:53 AM, Bob Blick <.....bobblickKILLspamspam@spam@ftml.net> wrote:

> The partnership I don't like right now is Fluke + Tektronix. I hope it
> doesn't mean Tektronix will start making crappy scopes and Fluke will
> make crappy multimeters, instead the other way around as it has been
> traditionally.
>

Agilent and LeCroy are still there. ;-) So hopefully the combination
will make better scopes and multimeter.

That being said, we use Agilent and LeCroy and not Tek
in terms of scopes. In terms of multimeter, it is Agilent or Fluke.

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