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Smallest Footprint 802.11ac plus Bluetooth Module in the Market

Posted by Govardhan Shanmuga Sundaram on 2017-06-23 05:39:30

Silex Technology America, the global leader in providing  Wi-Fi solutions on June 2nd 2017 launched the latest embedded wireless solution , the SX-SDPAC. The SX-SDPAC SDIO System-in-Package(SiP) is a dual band 1x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac plus Bluetooth 4.1+HS “Smart Ready” , which is based on Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 System-on-Chip (SoC). With the smallest footprint of space, it is Wave 2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac. and  offers cost effective, and low power Wi-Fi+BT connectivity solution for our customers.

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Tags: SDIO, Embedded Wireless, WiFi connectivity solutions, 802.11ac, Bluetooth

Select the Right IoT Module for Your Application

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-06-06 20:04:29

Need a low-latency, high reliability solution in a small form factor for your wireless medical device? Or a low-cost low power wireless option for connected consumer electronics? Silex Technology has you covered. Check out our IoT module selection guide to find the right IoT Wi-Fi module to provide the connectivity you need. 

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Operating the WPA Security Supplicant provided with the Silex Wi-Fi drivers

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-03-31 23:33:19

In general terms a supplicant is a software package installed on an end-user's client device. The device invokes the supplicant and submits credentials to connect the device to a secure network. If the authentication succeeds, the authenticator typically allows the device to connect to the network.

What is a WPA-Supplicant?

WPA supplicant is an implementation of the IEEE 802.11i supplicant for different operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, Windows etc. The supplicant implements the security protocols and features addressed in the 802.11i standard. They include:

  • WPA and full IEEE 802.11i/RSN/WPA2
  • WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK ("WPA-Personal", pre-shared key)
  • WPA with EAP ("WPA-Enterprise", for example with RADIUS authentication server)
  • Key management for CCMP, TKIP, WEP (both 104/128- and 40/64-bit)
  • RSN: PMKSA caching, pre-authentication
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Debugging techniques for the QCA9377 Wi-Fi driver

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-03-31 22:48:00

Two of our latest 802.11ac wireless modules, the SX-SDMAC and the SX-SDPAC are based on Qualcomm's QCA9377 chipset. The drivers for these QCA9377 based modules are made available via Qualcomm through their code aurora site, and may soon be available on their Qualcomm Developers Network site. 

For our "Absolutely Must Connect" customers such as medical, industrial, and manufacturing – unstable wireless connectivity can lead to a stop in operations, loss of productivity and economic efficiency, or even significant threats of safety and health. Those mission-critical scenarios where it absolutely must connect are where engineers and designers rely on our propriety Silex reference driver where we have made enhancements to the Qualcomm reference driver. 

One could choose either driver depending on their application, but when compiling Wi-Fi drivers for their devices, one of the most compelling problems they face is how to approach debugging. It is important to know how to debug code errors because it:

  • Can be exceedingly hard to reproduce
  • Can bring down the entire system
  • Can destroy evidence that could be used to track the issue
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Tags: QCA9377

Why OEM's need to put Wi-Fi radios in continuous TX modes for testing, analysis and certification?

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-03-31 01:30:00

Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM's) designing products using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth may need to obtain product certifications for the regions they plan to sell the product into. During the certification process, some test requires the device to either transmit a continuous stream of packets of a specified type and modulation, or continuously listen on a specified channel. These special factory test modes for the wireless radio are very useful for OEM's for:

  • Development
  • Evaluation
  • Manufacturing tests
  • Certification
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Tags: QDART

Can the SD card slot on the NXP i.MX7 Sabre Smart Devices Board be used for an SDIO Wi-Fi Module?

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-03-30 23:30:00

Our recommended platform to evaluate our latest embedded Wi-Fi module, the SX-SDMAC is the NXP i.MX 6 SoloX Sabre SD Board. The SX-SDMAC is a dual-band, single stream, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac plus Bluetooth “Smart Ready” module based on the latest Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 System-on-Chip (SoC). NXP's i.MX 6 SoloX is a faster and a stronger processor supporting SDIO3.0 that makes it an ideal platform for our 802.11ac Wi-Fi SDIO module to get the best performance . 

 SX-SDMAC Features

  • Based on the QCA9377-3 SoC
  • 11 a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO Client
  • SDIO 3.0 WLAN Host Interface
  • Bluetooth 4.1 BR/EDR/LE “Smart Ready”
  • Industrial Temperature
  • Enterprise Security
  • FCC/IC/CE/MIC Modular Certification
  • Seamless Roaming
  • CCX Ready
  • Link Rate up to 433 Mbps
  • Fine Tuned Calibration Per Module
  • Connector Mount and Surface Mount Versions Available
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Silex Technology Introduces Next Generation Ethernet to WiFi Bridge and USB to WiFi USB Device Server

Posted by Safi Khan on 2017-03-28 09:03:07

Santa Ana, CA., March 28, 2017 – Silex Technology America, Inc., a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today introduced the BR-310AC and the DS-520AN respectively. The BR-310AC is a wireless bridge which enables any Ethernet device to become an 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless network device, giving the freedom to place it anywhere in your facility. The DS-520AN allows any USB device to be used over a dual-band wireless or gigabit wired network as though it was connected to a computer, thus eliminating the 5m USB cable limit.

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Silex's Latest Serial Device Server Featuring Qualcomm's QCA6234 Radio

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-03-24 22:29:07

SD-320AN is a dual band serial device server for RS-232 serial devices that need to connect to a secure network. It adds dual band wireless connection to an enterprise class wireless network. It supports wireless security with 802.11x authentication protocols for added security. It is targeted to be the successor product for the  SD-310AN. It is based on the newer Qualcomm Atheros radio, QCA6234, which is ideal for customers who are looking for long product lifecycle.

SD-320AN Features:
  • Dual band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n support
  • Easily connect and share RS-232 serial devices on wireless networks
  • Enterprise security support
  • Access, monitor and control equipment over Ethernet or Wi-Fi
  • Multiple serial port modes and wireless modes for maximum flexibility in any environment
  • Optimized for roaming
  • Support for Windows, MAC and Linux

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Tags: Serial Server, Serial to Wi-Fi

Silex Records 4th Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Posted by Keith Sugawara on 2017-03-23 17:17:43

As our fiscal year 2016 comes to a close, I am pleased to report that we delivered another year of record revenue, resulting in 44% growth in revenue over the past 4 years. Our success was a result of strong sales in our embedded wireless product lines, fueled by the rapid adoption of wireless technologies in healthcare and medical device applications that require the enterprise security and high reliability Silex products provide.

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Tags: Silex Technology America

Silex Technology America & Europe Announces New President

Posted by SHQ (Silex Headquarters) on 2017-03-23 17:06:53

Effective immediately, Keith Sugawara has been named CEO and President of Silex Technology America & Europe (STAE). In addition to assuming leadership of Silex Technology’s North American and European businesses, Keith will continue to serve on the executive management team of Silex Technology, Inc. as Chief International Business Officer.

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