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Babar Hashim

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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

SX-582 - The Next Generation Embedded Intelligent Wireless Module

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-02-02 01:25:47


SX-582
is a high-performance Serial/Ethernet to Wi-Fi embedded module, based on the Qualcomm Atheros AR6234 system in package (SiP) solution, that provides dual band 802.11n wireless connectivity for device manufacturers who want to add robust and secure Wi-Fi.

It features a 32-bit 454 MHz Freescale i.MX28 processor with an 802.11a/b/g/n radio, a complete TCP/IP network protocol stack, and an optimized QCA6004 wireless radio driver and security supplicant in a self-contained hardware package. A major advantage of the SX-582 is enterprise security, including WPA2 with 802.1x authentication, which enables it to be used on almost any customer’s network without compromising security. We have also added multi-client bridge support to the product as a standard feature.

 

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Tags: Intelligent Wireless Module

Why thermal profiles are important for the integration of embedded Wi-Fi radios?

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-12-28 16:00:00

What is thermal profiling?

A thermal profile is a complex set of time-temperature data typically associated with the measurement of thermal temperatures. At Silex for thermal profile analysis of our radios we generate heat within the DUT (radio), but running high frequency of data through the radio until the desired steady thermal state is reached. Once the desired steady state is reached the thermal profiles are captured by a FLIR camera.

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Tags: Emedded Wi-Fi Radios

Power Save Options for Wi-Fi Radios

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-12-20 03:49:36

Power Save has always been a part of the 802.11 standard since 1999. The devices it had targeted were a lot different from the wireless devices used today. Back then these devices were primarily laptops with big batteries moving between conference rooms. No thought was made that Wi-Fi could and would be added to small hand held devices being used in all aspects of our life. With the addition of Wi-Fi to mobile devices like cell phones, the power save requirements have changed.

               There is now a greater focus on power saving in Wi-Fi than any previous stage of its existence. The advancements in hardware and application have shaped the power save options available today in 802.11. Let’s look at the some of the techniques used to save power consumption.

               There are four basic operations that a radio can perform that leads to power consumption. Power consumed by each activity increases in the given order (1-4). By controlling how long the radio operates between the below states, a user has some control on how much power his radio consumes.

  • Asleep
  • Idle & awake
  • Receiving
  • Transmitting 
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Tags: Ultra Low Power Wi-FI, radio module, 802.11ac

Video Tutorial: How to Evaluate 802.11ac plus Bluetooth SDIO Module with NXP's i.MX 6 Reference Platform

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-12-09 23:42:53

Not all wireless modules are created equal. So it becomes very important that one chooses a good evaluation kit to evaluate and test the radio characteristics of the module. As one of 15 Qualcomm Atheros Authorized Design Centers (ADC), Silex Technology is one of the few companies in the world that is enabled with radio source code access. This allows us to make tweaks and modifications for reliability and performance that is not available to most of our competitors. We have made included our optimized and robust QCA9377 reference driver as part of the evaluation image to allow customers experience how a "When it Absolutely Must Connect" Wi-Fi performs.

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Tags: SDIO, Embedded WiFi Radio, i.MX6, 802.11ac, NXP

802.11ac SDIO Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth Module for Applications that Absolutely Must Connect

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-11-18 18:15:41

On Tuesday we released our latest embedded Wi-Fi module, the SX-SDMAC. 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). It is the industry's first Wave 2 MU-MIMO IEEE 802.11ac SDIO Wi-Fi module fully certified for North America, Europe, and Japan in full production. It delivers enterprise-grade, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity with link rates as high as 433Mbps.  Click here to view the full press release.

The SX-SDMAC is designed for mission-critical applications including industrial automation, healthcare, environmental monitoring, factory automation and telematics. Highly regulated industries like medical sometimes require long product life cycles. Silex can address such customer needs by offering the option to continue manufacturing our products like the SX-SDMAC for extended periods of time in our own factory.

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Tags: Wi-Fi, SDIO, Embedded Wireless, Embedded WiFi Module, 802.11ac, Bluetooth

SX-Virtual Link Software is Now WHQL Certified

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-10-01 05:38:26

SX Virtual Link is SIlex's propriety utility that allows users to discover and connect to USB devices connected to Silex USB Device Servers.The way it works is that the software emulates a USB connection on the computer, and makes the USB device (such as a printer or a disk drive) connected to the SX Virtual Link enabled device look as if it were directly connected. This makes it easy to connect and share USB devices on the network.

To help system integrators, device manufacturers and end user Windows programmers to add Silex SX Virtual Link functionality into Windows applications Silex offers  the SX-Virtual Link SDK to developers for no charge. 

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Tags: WHQL, Windows

Silex Adds Dual Band Functionality to its 802.11ac PCIe Card

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-10-01 03:51:08

Silex has recently added dual band functionality to its 802.11ac PCIe Wi-Fi card. The SX-PCEAC-DB is now an 802.11ac compliant dual-band 3x3 PCIe Mini Card. It is based on the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9880 chipset, designed to deliver wireless data rates of up to 1.3Gbps. It targets home and enterprise wireless access points, offering reliable wireless performance for a variety of bandwidth-intensive video-over-wireless applications.

SX-PCEAC-DB card gives customers the ability to easily and reliably support applications where this extra bandwidth and performance is required, like deploying HD video over Wi-Fi. Applications include commercial AP, routers, gateways, large-size printers, video devices, medical devices etc.

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Tags: Embedded WiFi Module, Embedded WiFi Radio, 802.11ac

Securely connect USB3.0 devices to your enterprise 802.1x network

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-07-07 17:40:18

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.

 
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Tags: Device Connectivity

Silex Sponsors an Educational Event at Crescent Elementary

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2016-06-18 00:05:56

One of our initiatives here at Silex Technology America for Fiscal Year 2016 is to be more involved in our community and find ways to give back. After a successful 2015, we started off this year by sponsoring preeminent Abraham Lincoln actor and scholar, Dr.  Gene Griessman, in a special appearance at Crescent Elementary in Anaheim CA as part of Silex’s initiative to connect and engage with its local community.

Griessman, internationally known Abraham Lincoln scholar and actor, appeared as the 16th President delivering the presentation, “The Wit & Wisdom Of Abe Lincoln.” The presentation focused on themes essential to success both in the classroom and the workplace like:

  • Persistence
  • Overcoming failure
  • Power of communication
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Tags: Corporate