RTL8710 - Alternative to ESP8266

The website http://www.cnx-software.com shared very interesting news. The Alternative to very popular WiFi chip - ESP8266 (ESP-12, ESP-01 and another.) which is called RTL8710.
Generally, we can say that ESP8266 (and modifications of this) is the most popular WiFi chip ever, hence the ESP8266 has huge community support.
If you use the ESP8266 maybe you found limits of this component and so Espressif Systems released new WiFi chip - ESP8285. Website hackaday.com wrote that's ESP8266 killer. Nevertheless, check this very interesting WiFi chip - RTL8710 by Realtek company.
RTL8710 WiFi chip contains ARM Cortex-M3 core @ 166 MHz, bigger RAM up to 48 KB for user and audio support. You can find it for $5 on ebay.com.

Comparison of Realtek RTL7810 and Espressif ESP8266
Realtek RTL8710 Espressif ESP8266
Package QFN-48 (6×6 mm) QFN-32 (5×5 mm)
CPU ARM Cortex M3 @ 166 MHz Tensilica LX106 @ 80 / 160 MHz
RAM 48KB available to user 36KB available to user
Flash 1MB Built-in 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 MB
WiFi 802.11n up to 150 Mbps, 802.11g up to 54 Mbps 802.11n up to 65 Mbps, 802.11g up to 54 Mbps
GPIO Up to 21 Up to 17
I2C Up to 3 Up to 1
PCM Up to 2 None
PWM Up to 4
UART 2x high-speed UART, 1x low-speed UART Up to 2x UART
Power Voltage: 3.0 to 3.6V; Current: 80 mA
Temperature range -40 to 125 °C
Standard certifications FCC/CE/TELEC/SRRC/ WiFi Alliance FCC/CE/TELEC/SRRC

As you can see, RTL7810 offers more possibilities than ESP8266, but the price is higher of course.
Download SDK (documentations, example codes etc.) https://www.rtl8710forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=9

Originally shared: http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/07/28/an-alternative-to-esp8266-realtek-rtl8710-arm-cortex-m3-wifi-iot-modules-sell-for-2-and-up/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=google_plus&utm_source=socialnetwork