SX-ULPGN Hostless Wi-Fi Module Provides Low-Cost, Ultra Low-Power Embedded Wireless Capability for IoT Applications

By | June 14, 2016

We’ve added a new Wi-Fi module to our growing portfolio of Internet of Things solutions. The new SX-ULPGN is a low-cost, ultra low-power Wi-Fi module designed specifically for use in high-volume embedded wireless products including smart home devices, systems used in factory automation, wearables, and medical devices.

The SX-ULPGN features a hostless mode that eliminates an external MCU to achieve the lowest system cost and ultra low-power. In hostless mode, the module’s internal CPU can act as a host with the application running from the internal memory. Peripherals and sensors connect to the CPU using any of the available interfaces, including UART, SPI, I2C, I2S, ADC, PWM, and GPIO. In addition, using our UART AT command option, you can quickly add a serial-to-Wi-Fi converter for existing MCU-based designs without porting any host driver.

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Optimizing Wi-Fi for Enterprise Applications

By | June 9, 2016

Two years ago, the number of consumer mobile devices surpassed the number of people in the world for the first time. The vast majority of these devices are Wi-Fi enabled, making these devices the biggest market for Wi-Fi modules. As a result, large chipset manufacturers such as Broadcom, Intel, and Qualcomm Atheros primarily focus on meeting the needs of consumer product companies such as Apple or Dell.

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Silex MAC OS X 10.11 El Capitan Update

By | June 2, 2016
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Silex SVL/UVL on MAC OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Silex Technology America (Silex) would like to share a progress update with our customers who have been impacted by the incompatibility between our USB over IP products and the MAC OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

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.

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Broadcom Exits Wireless Internet of Things Business

By | May 23, 2016

Broadcom LogoCypress 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.

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Realizing the Dream of Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Connectivity

By | May 13, 2016

WIAMCReliable 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:

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