The Internet of Things (IoT) is a quickly growing market segment, and IoT applications often require smaller size, lower cost, and lower power consumption to address many small-but-constant battery operated applications such as home automation controls, sensors, and medical devices. As a result, these devices offer a unique variety of connectivity options beyond what were available to once-typical wireless devices. One of these options involves choosing to create either a hosted or a hostless IoT Wi-Fi device.
IoT to Account for 28% of Wireless Connectivity IC Market by 2021; Driven by Fast-Growing Smart Home, Wearables, and Beacons.” – ABI Research, 2016
While traditional Wi-Fi connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi modules that communicate with external host microcontrollers (MCUs) (a hosted solution), a module’s internal MCU also can act as a host with the application running from the internal memory (a hostless iot Wi-Fi solution).
Reliable hosted and hostless solutions all need simple onboarding processes and high-quality security mechanisms, but each solution has a variety of distinct benefits and challenges
As an IoT connectivity provider, how do you choose and implement a hosted or hostless solution?
On June 2nd, we shared that Apple has started working with us to help resolve the incompatibility between our USB over IP products and the MAC OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). The next step is that Silex Technology will be sending two engineers to participate in Apple Engineering Workshop during the first week of August at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Our USB over IP business is an important part of our Device Networking product category. We are the global leader in this space, with approximately 20 million devices that incorporate our technology. We are doing everything possible to find a solution for you.
We’ve recently released a low-cost Wi-Fi IoT Module, SX-ULPGN. The module is less than $10 MSRP and features a hostless mode for stand-alone IoT applications, which eliminates your MCU cost. This means that you can add Wi-Fi connectivity to your IoT solution and run it natively for just $10. The SX-ULPGN evaluation kit for this product is available through the Arrow Website for $49.
When you add Wi-Fi to an IoT application using SX-ULPGN, you can offload your network stack and network security is taken care of through the module. The module features 800KB on-chip RAM memory and 2MB of Flash, making it suitable for most IoT applications. The module also has a wide variety of peripherals that support these applications, such as analog-to-digital converters (ADC) for sensing, pulse-width-modulators (PWM) to drive LEDs or motors, and general-purpose-inputs-outputs (GPIOs) for interrupts or buttons, etc. The SX-ULPGN is an ultra-low power Wi-Fi module with internal 1.2 and 1.8 V regulators, making it suitable for battery-operated devices. Read More
Silex Technology America, a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today introduced its newest USB and Serial device servers, the DS-600 and SD-320AN. The DS-600 is designed to easily connect and share USB devices like printers, scanners, camera, disk drives etc. over a network. While the SD-320AN is the latest device server to connect and share RS-232 serial devices on 802.11 wireless networks to access, monitor and control equipment over Wi-Fi.
DS-600 – Gigabit USB 3.0 High Throughput Device Server
The DS-600 features USB 3.0 providing data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than our legacy device servers. The DS-600 is targeted for OEM device manufacturers who want to provide networking capability to their USB devices. We offer white label service for our device servers and provide our customers the flexibility and option to customize both our hardware and software to cater to their specific needs.
We’ve launched a campaign page for our growing portfolio of IoT connectivity solutions to help you quickly learn about Silex Technology’s Wi-Fi connectivity solutions for low power IoT in one place. The page contains videos and white papers that cover technical details about our ultra-low power Wi-Fi IoT modules the SX-ULPGN and SX-ULPAN.