Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (CY) and Broadcom Limited (AVGO) announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets. Under the terms of the deal, Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and intellectual property, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem. The acquisition strengthens Cypress’s position in key embedded systems market, such as automotive and industrial, and establishes it as a leader in the high-growth consumer IoT market, a segment that includes wearable electronics and home automation solutions. The link to the official Cypress press release is below.
Reliable Wi-Fi is the Holy Grail for Wi-Fi technology. As Wi-Fi finds its way into all sorts of devices, including those in consumer, medical, industrial, and manufacturing applications, billions of Wi-Fi enabled devices are now relying on robust wireless connectivity.
Despite how well established the wireless connectivity standard is, it’s frustratingly common to see reliability issues continue to crop up.
The consequences of losing Wi-Fi connectivity can have varying degrees of severity. There are plenty off-the-shelf products on the market for those “good enough” scenarios where occasional, or even frequent, loss of connection is acceptable. However, in certain markets, unstable wireless connectivity can lead to a stop in operations, loss of productivity and economic efficiency, or even significant threats of safety and health. They have a stringent set of requirements, including:
I am recovering from a week in Japan where I was able to participate in various meetings (product strategy meeting, executive management meeting, etc.). But the main purpose of my visit was to join the other 250+ Silex Japan employees at a company meeting on April 16th following by a dinner celebration.
I would like to share some key takeaways that I think are of interest to both employees and customers.
PCIe host interface Wi-Fi radios are generally used in applications that require higher throughput and performance. Choosing a radio host interface bus is an important consideration and selecting the proper communication bus between the host and the radio can be a driving factor for picking the correct module. Our latest video below will show how you can begin evaluating our newest PCIe Wi-Fi module, the SX-PCEAN2.
EN 300 328 covers wideband data systems operating in the 2.4GHz ISM band, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee. This is the harmonized standard against which manufacturers must issue their Declaration of Conformity for the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive.
Since there were significant changes between ETSI’s V1.7.1 and V1.8.1, it’s natural that electronics manufacturers are wondering what changes are in store for V1.9.1. The latest update, EN 300 328 V1.9.1, is now published and available to download free of charge from the ETSI website.