Qualcomm Atheros Announces New High-Performance, Low-Energy Wi-Fi System-in-Package for the Intelligent Home and Building Markets


Cost will be the big question. With the RS21 gadgeteer module at $100, and even bare WiFi modules at $30-$50, the expense of building a sensor network over WiFi can get overwhelming quickly.

The competition is things like Nordic’s offerings, which work for lots of these short-range in-home applications and can be had off of eBay for <$10 per module (in hobbyist-friendly packages).

It would get VERY interesting if Qualcomm/Atheros could compete on this level. Integrated IPv4/IPv6 stack is definitely very nice.

Looks like Freescale is selling a development board for $70.