InnoPhase, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a fabless wireless semiconductor platform company specializing in extreme low-power wireless IoT solutions. It developed the award-winning, Talaria TWO™ multi-protocol chipset with the world’s lowest-power Wi-Fi radio using a unique, programmable digital polar radio architecture. Customers are using it to create a wide range of innovative wireless products and solutions for the rapidly growing battery-based IoT market.
The InnoPhase INP1010 and INP1011 Talaria TWO modules provide complete solutions with wireless connectivity plus an integrated microcontroller for edge-of-network IoT designs. The highly integrated, multi-protocol single-chip platform includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Low Energy connectivity for wireless data transfer, an embedded Arm® Cortex®-M3 microcontroller for system control and user applications, and advanced security elements for device safeguards. The modules can operate in stand-alone mode, in conjunction with an external microcontroller, or in a hybrid mode where the system control and processing responsibilities are shared between the module and an external microcontroller.
At the heart of the modules, the Talaria TWO system-on-chip (SoC) features InnoPhase’s advanced, patented PolaRFusion™ radio — a complete 2.4 GHz radio built using an innovative polar architecture that enables extreme low power and programmable protocol functionality. Engineers can focus on the value-added aspects of their design while taking advantage of the ultra-low-power wireless connectivity, processing capability and robust security features of the embedded Talaria TWO SoC.
The modules come complete with the necessary clocks, passives, and antennas and are certified with Wi-Fi Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, FCC (U.S.), IC (Canada), and awaiting CE approval. The INP1010 contains a printed PCB antenna, while the INP1011 incorporates a U.FL antenna connector. The modules are ideally suited for battery-based, direct-to-cloud devices in smart home automation and commercial applications such as smart door locks, remote security cameras, and connected sensors, all coming with the attractive selling points:
- Exceptionally low always-connected current:A 57µA current @ DTIM=10 PS-polling while listening for Wi-Fi beacons enables a new class of battery-powered, always-connected devices for home automation and commercial device management applications (Web sockets, MQTT subscribers, and Alexia ready)
- Complete, integrated solution:A full stack, direct to cloud connectivity, FOTA, and sample applications are all part of a comprehensive free SDK. The SDK utilizes the Talaria TWO SoC which includes an integrated WiFi+BLE radio, Arm Cortex-M3 applications MCU, 512KB SRAM, 2MB Flash memories and advanced power management, incorporated into certified modules
- Advanced system security: The Talaria TWO supports advanced security features including a secure boot option, and a secure vault based upon SoC “fingerprint” / HDA algorithm based PUF. For hosted applications, an encrypted interface option is also available. Wi-Fi security Protocols (WPA, WPA2, WPA3) can be supported, as well as BLE security features. Application/link level security uses TLS 1.2.
- Hosted or Hostless applications: A STM32 host package is available to support MCU based applications, and fully embedded applications can be created using the available SDK.
InnoPhase INP3010 and INP3011 EVB-A development boards include everything needed for evaluating the Talaria TWO modules’ performance and capabilities, and can be used to complete initial system integration and development. The boards are compatible with the Arduino Uno form factor and incorporate a mounted INP1010 or INP1011 module for easy evaluation in stand-alone mode or in conjunction with an external microcontroller. Software binaries and programming tools for the boards are available for free download on the InnoPhase website.