Seeed has always been about making development more accessible and simpler, and in this spirit, we are excited to unveil the upcoming series: the W600 Module, Grove W600, and W600 Development Board. All are based on the low-cost Winner Micro W600 Arm Cortex-M3 WiSoC, providing a fairly economical way to add WiFi to IoT projects.
In this blog post, we’ll give you a sneak peek at the W600 Module, Grove W600, and W600 Development Board (the first two will be available by the end of Q1, while the latter Q2).
The W600 Module is the central product, built around a W600 WiFi SoC, which integrates an Arm Cortex-M3 CPU and a 2.4GHz transceiver with IEEE 802.11 specification. The module will be pre-certified with FCC and CE, and have standard WiFi security onboard. Similar to the ESP32, it will be another economical option for developers to embed WiFi into prototypes and PoCs while also letting them to scale up for the market with larger quantities and keeping the Arm architecture and ecosystem available. The module will be selling for under less than $3.
The Grove W600 is powered by the W600 Module and will bring WiFi capabilities to your devices via UART. This is similar to the previous Grove WiFi modules, such as the Grove — UART WiFi V2 ESP8285. However, we’ve gone a bit further and included some breakout pads on the bottom to enable it to operate as a mini dev board for the W600 Module. This will offer developers a board to play with at launch, as well as a smaller form factor for the future.
Finally, we come to the W600 Development Board. It is a step forward for developers and makers, allowing for rapid proof of concepts and prototypes with all standard breakouts, pin headers, and multiple Grove connectors. This is not expected to launch until Q2, so feedback and input on the form factors or features are always welcomed.
All three pieces of hardware are still in development. The Arduino SDK will be available once the products officially launch, while MicroPython support is also on the way and will hopefully be ready in Q2 or early Q3.
We have been focusing on enabling makers and startups to turn their ideas into prototypes and bring their products to market quickly — a pre-certification WiFi hardware solution will soon give the community another economical option. That’s the most exciting part for us! Last but not least, a huge THANK YOU to Arm for helping us spread the news. Looking forward to more synergies in the future.