GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan Corporation

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Company Description

At GainSpan, we've been designing and marketing low power Wi-Fi semiconductor products and solutions ever since we first opened our doors back in September of 2006. We were the first to optimize power consumption of Wi-Fi chips and apply advanced power management techniques to target long battery life applications - and opened the floodgates to new possibilities for connecting things to the Internet.

A spin-off of Intel and privately-owned, we're well-funded by some of the world's leading venture firms, including Intel Capital, New Venture Partners, Opus Capital, OVP Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Camp Ventures, Hatteras Funds and Mobile Internet Capital.

Our claim to fame is our ultra-low power chip technology and our rich integrated networking stack. The low power technology we developed results in Wi-Fi that uses so little power, products can run for years on standard batteries. And our integrated stack - running on a secondary "network" processor - offloads Wi-Fi services and networking functionalities from the host microcontroller. With this networking ability we're able to do something other Wi-Fi companies can't - deliver a solution suitable for even the most processing and memory constrained MCUs. Customers can marry almost any 8-32-bit microcontroller to our solution and get Wi-Fi quickly, easily and at low cost. Nearly any device can now leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points to connect to smartphones, the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure or to the Internet We truly deliver on the promise of Wi-Fi - we call it the "Wi-Fi of Things."

Our products address the market demand for low power and low cost Wi-Fi connectivity. We meet these demands through our ultra-low power chip and 802.11 b and 802.11 b/g/n modules, suite of embedded and Serial to Wi-Fi software, and complete solutions and development kits. In addition, a number of device and module vendors offer solutions based on our technology. Our products are sold through both direct and indirect channels.

With our embedded Wi-Fi solutions, customers across a variety of industries can now develop a whole new class of Internet connected products. We are focused on five key market segments: healthcare and fitness, smart energy, industrial control, commercial/building automation and consumer home.

The low power Wi-Fi market is growing dramatically. Over two billion Wi-Fi devices are on the market today. Market research firm IHS iSuppli forecasts that Wi-Fi chipsets shipments will exceed 1 billion this year (2012), with more than two billion units expected to ship in 2014. This market is being driven by the increasing popularity of Wi-Fi as a ubiquitous utility to support a wide variety of both mundane and sophisticated uses. We're positioned to take advantage of this growth, with solutions that dramatically simplify the process and reduce the cost of adding Wi-Fi to new and existing applications.


  • Chips
    • GS1011 802.11 b ultra low-power SoC
  • Evaluation Boards
    • Evaluation Board with GS1011M (802.11b) Soldered-On Module
    • GS1011MIC Evaluation Board with Connectorized Module
    • GS1500M 802.11b/g/n/ Soldered-On Evaluation Board
    • 802.11b Wi-Fi Adapter Board for Renesas MCU’s
    • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter boards for Renesas MCU’s
  • Application Development Kits
    • Provisioning Application Development Kit
    • Over-The-Air Firmware Upgrade Application Development Kit
    • TLS Web Server Application Development Kit
    • Smart Plug Application Development Kit
    • GainSpan-Renesas Wi-Fi Sensor Application Development Kit
    • GainSpan Audio Application Development Kit
  • Modules
    • GS1011M 802.11b Soldered-On Module
    • GS1011MIC 802.11b Connectorized Module
    • GS1011MxxS 802.11b Size-Optimized Module
    • GS1500M 802.11b/g/n Module
    • 802.11a/b/g/n Low Power Wi-Fi® Modules
  • Evaluation Kits
    • SDK Builder
    • GS1011M Software Development Kit
    • GS1500M Software Development Kit

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