[NTLK] Designing an Internal WiFi Board for MP2x00

Tony Kan tonykan at xtra.co.nz
Mon May 11 23:20:40 EDT 2015

Yes, impressive nonetheless.

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Wow, pure awesomeness!

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On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 5:28 AM, Jake Bordens <jake at allaboutjake.com>

> I'm about done with my internal WiFi project.  Just a few more
odds-and-ends to tie up, but the latest revision of the hardware and
newton-side software works great (and with hardware flow control too).
> More info here:
> It is really nice to be able to connect to a modern WiFi network with
modern encryption.  I'm finding that its not so useful, though.  Connecting
to modern services (email, evernote, twitter, etc) would need SSL encryption
and client software that we just don't have for the Newton.
> I have been thinking that a better solution might be along the lines of
what the Apple Watch or Pebble does... A similar internal serial card with a
Bluetooth Low Energy module would allow the device  to connect to a server
app on a phone.  This would reduce the Newton to an "accessory" for a modern
smartphone.  The software on the phone would handle the complexity of
negotiating with modern services.  
> I can imagine the Newton connecting to an iPhone to synchronize contacts
and calendar.  CoreBluetooth and the contacts and calendar APIs would allow
this.  I can imagine a "transport" in the notes app that would "send to
evernote" that sends a note over bluetooth to a server app on the phone,
which forwards it no to evernote using its own internet connection.
> Sadly, this is also a pretty massive software exercise as well-- software
for both the Newton and the iPhone. It is more than I have the time to
> Anyway...
> I have more of the bare wifi boards available, but it'll be a rare few
that have the desire/ability to assemble the small surface mount components
to the board.  Even if I wanted to assemble a few of them for others, the US
encryption export laws require me to attest that the wifi modules won't end
up in a prohibited country, which is enough of a hassle to make it
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