ZeroG Wireless, Microchip Team on Wi-Fi for PIC Microcontrollers

ZeroG Wireless, an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi design, announced that it is collaborating with Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, to co-develop Wi-Fi solutions for users of Microchip’s PIC® microcontrollers. ZeroG Wi-Fi chips are architected to meet the needs of embedded system designers, enabling simple and cost-effective design-in of Wi-Fi connectivity with a wide variety of processors.

“Microchip is dedicated to providing a broad array of connectivity solutions to its customers,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s RF Products Division. “PIC microcontroller users can take advantage of ZeroG’s chipset to add Wi-Fi to their embedded designs.”

“ZeroG is pleased to offer Microchip’s customers an embedded Wi-Fi solution,” noted John Cummins, CEO of ZeroG Wireless. “ZeroG’s goal of creating low-power Wi-Fi solutions that are easy to design into embedded systems will unlock thousands of new applications, and we see great value in supporting leaders in this market.”

The first public demonstration of ZeroG’s Wi-Fi chips, working with the PIC18F97J60 high-performance, Ethernet-enabled 8-bit microcontroller, will be held next week at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, as part of the Microchip connectivity suite, in booth 916.

ZeroG Wireless was founded by Tom Lee, Ph.D., a tenured Professor at Stanford University, where he established the CMOS wireless IC research program. Professor Lee is also a co-Founder of Matrix Semiconductor. Based on the belief that a new paradigm of wireless connectivity is upon us, the Fourth Age of Wireless(tm) – an Internet of Things, Professor Lee developed a program to re-architect the existing CMOS design for ubiquitous, low-power Wi-Fi. The resulting technology provides the connectivity solution required to enable a mass market for connected wireless nodes.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

PIC is a registered trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

About ZeroG Wireless, Inc.
ZeroG is a fabless semiconductor company focused on creating a world of connected devices. With ZeroG low-power Wi-Fi chips, there is no limit to the type of device that can now leverage the massive and rapidly growing Wi-Fi infrastructure. The Company’s products are designed from the ground up to enable simple, low cost connectivity for nearly any system, regardless of architecture. The result: faster time to market and significantly lower overall system cost. Privately held, ZeroG Wireless is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Investors include Cisco, Greylock Partners, Morgenthaler, and Miven.