Electric Imp is a startup that came out of hiding this week created by former members of the iPhone and Gmail development teams. Their product consists of a cloud service and a line of SD form factor pluggable cards that contain an ARM Cortex M3 SoC with embedded Wi-Fi.
Electric Imp is working with OEMs to get their module's built into a range of commercial products and the cards themselves are expected to ship starting in late June for $25. Three development kits will also be sold ranging from a basic $7 board that provides minimum support for the card (socket, ID chip, and a power supply) up to a $25 hobbyist board for getting a project online without any soldering requirements that includes a range of built-in sensors and outputs.
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi and integrated antenna
- No physical interface - Device is configured via a smartphone app and the Imp's light sensor
- WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption
- When actively transmitting at maximum power, the peak current is around 250mA
- Software that runs on the Imp is written in Squirrel, a C-like language, with extensions to communicate with the hardware interfaces and the service
- The Imp software includes a standards compliant IP stack and TLS security