Silex is pleased to inform you that our efforts in collaborating with Apple have resolved the USB compatibility issues that were introduced with MAC OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). We have successfully tested and released our production version of the SX Virtual Link driver for the latest macOS Sierra release (Version 10.12.1).
Time to Move to Reliable, Next-Generation, Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks
802.11ac has quickly become the current Wi-Fi standard as 802.11n gradually moves closer to being a legacy standard. It is therefore important to understand the key features and benefits of 802.11ac. This paper explains the top reasons to move to 11ac and helps you understand how Silex is bringing an extremely reliable, next-generation, enterprise-grade SDIO Wi-Fi module "SX-SDMAC" based on industry-leading Wave2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac technology.
11ac is the first Wi-Fi standard to cross the gigabit-per-second throughput barrier. It increases the throughput and capacity of a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP).
The SX-ULPGN is an ultra-low-power hostless Wi-Fi IoT module with 802.11 b/g/n support. This low power Wi-Fi IoT module is based on QCA4010 System-on-Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm. Our close relationship with Qualcomm and other partners enables us to provide support for our modules that is not available elsewhere.
The SX-ULPGN also supports a hosted mode for external MCUs with the Silex UART AT Command Set for a cost-effective serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity addition to already designed IoT solutions with host MCUs.
Based on positive feedback and requests for additional features from our customers, we have now released an update to the UART AT Command Set (Version 1.5.4). This new version adds commonly used networking features like HTTP client and access to peripherals like ADC, PWM, and GPIOs of the SX-ULPGN and make them available to the external Host.
Some of the key features of the Silex AT Command Set are highlighted below:
- No Host Driver Required for Rapid Customer Enablement
- Expands SX-ULPGN's Market Reach into Cost-Effective Hosted MCU Based IoT Solutions
- Comprehensive & Flexible (Runs over Debug UART or over any of the two High Speed UARTs up to 3Mbps)
- Based on Hayes AT Serial Modem Command Syntax
- IPv4, IPv6, & Configuration Save/Load
- HTTP Client & BASIC Authentication
- SSL Certificate Management
- DNS Client
- Commands to Operate GPIOs, ADCs, & PWMs
- Firmware Update Over-the-Air & UART (XMODEM)
- AP Mode
- DHCP Server
- 67 Commands
NX-1 is a wireless LAN enterprise network analyzer. The NX-1 provides an easy to understand simple menu even for those unfamiliar with specialized WLAN knowledge to analyze, sniff, and troubleshoot WLAN networks. Remote monitoring and PC-less operation are key differentiating NX-1 features eliminating technician, PC, and expensive analysis software on-site, reducing cost & field time.
Silex believes in “When it Absolutely Must Connect” as the guiding business principle. At the core of our vision is the dream of realizing a reliable always-on network. To achieve this vision, we have developed the NX-1 for our customers – OEMs and service providers. The NX-1 helps them manage their WLAN networks using four powerful built-in functions:
- Environment Survey
- Spectrum Analyzer
- Network Observation
- Protocol Sniffer / Frame Capture
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a quickly growing market segment, and IoT applications often require smaller size, lower cost, andlower 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.
Tags: Embedded Wireless
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.
Tags: Device Connectivity
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.
Tags: Embedded Wireless
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.
Tags: Embedded Wireless
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.
Tags: Embedded Wireless
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.