GainSpan is helping power the next wave of the IoT with wireless connectivity solutions that turn everyday products into intelligent communicating devices. Since 2006, we’ve designed Wi-Fi chips, modules and software solutions to connect traditionally non-connected devices to smartphones or the Internet. More recently, we added a combo Wi-Fi/Thread/6LoWPAN chip and module and will soon expand to Bluetooth Smart /BLE. We’ve been singularly focused on Internet Protocol (IP) technologies (vs. proprietary or non-IP technologies), because we believe the IoT market will deliver on its promise by leveraging IP. The recent past has proven us right. Some of the market’s most successful connected products are based on IP/Wi-Fi, products such as the Fitbit scale, NEST Thermostat, and DropCam or GoPro camera.

Claims to Fame

Our claims to fame were, and still are, our ultra-low power consumption Wi-Fi chips and modules for battery-powered devices and our extensive networking stack. With the low standby current and fast wake-up time of our chips, products can run for years on batteries depending on applications, while our integrated stack offloads Wi-Fi services and networking functionality so that any device can work with any 8-, 16-, or 32-bit MCU—or no MCU at all.

End-to-End Solutions for Fast Time to Market

We’ve created a suite of chips and modules and combined it with embedded software, networking stack, reference codes for MCU’s, reference hardware and software designs for video, music, smart plugs, thermostats, and sensors, as well as Android and iOS Apps. Together, they make IoT devices easier to develop, faster to get to market, and simpler to set-up and install. Augmented by partnerships with leading high-tech companies, GainSpan solutions let customers develop a whole new class of Internet-connected products. You’ll find our solutions everywhere—weight/BMI scales, heart rate monitors, thermostats, smart plugs, air conditioners, refrigerators, irrigation controllers, photovoltaic inverters, door locks, surveillance cameras, and wireless speakers and headsets to name a few. A spin-off of Intel, we’re backed by top venture capital firms and strategic investors, and are partnered with leading microcontroller manufacturers, technology companies, designers, and service providers--all who share our vision of providing world-class connected products.

Founded: 2006

Headquarters: San Jose, California

Status: Privately Held

Investors: Intel Capital, New Venture Partners, Opus Capital, Sigma Partners, Camp Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Hatteras Funds, Mobile Internet Capital, Mivatek, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Long Trump Corporation, Macnica

Products: Ultra-low power wireless modules, development kits, and software solutions for the IoT

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