Silex Unwired

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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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

Code RED - Radio Equipment Directive, that is!

Posted by Ron Tozaki on 2017-01-31 01:44:35

ALERT… Come June 13, 2017 the current directive regulating radio equipment will be repealed and new requirements will come into law and all new products will need to comply with the updated directive. We are now less than 6 months away and have to make sure that all products being sold or placed into service in Europe MUST comply to RED (Radio Equipment Directive).

 

Summary of Changes?

Please note that to sell Wi-Fi products into the EU you must be compliant to RED and not R&TTE. One must understand what is being changed so necessary steps can be taken to get Wi-Fi products in compliance. The four basic standards for WIFI are changing.  They will be officially harmonized and listed in the Official Journal as follows:

Standard

Version today

Type

Final Draft

Standard Issued

Official Journal *

EN300-328

V2.1.1

RF2.4 GHz

 

11/28/2016

2/14/2017

EN301-893

V2.0.7

RF 5 GHz

11/30/2016

9/12/2017

12/15/2017

EN301-489-1

V2.1.1

EMC

 

2/6/2017

5/07/2017

EN301-489-17

V3.1.1

EMC

 

2/6/2017

5/07/2017

                        *per Sulis Consultants of Dec 20, 2016 but subject to change

 

As shown above, the 5 GHz standard will not be official until after the mandatory June 13, 2017 transition date so you must obtain an EU-type examination certificate from a Notified Body (NB) which will be an added expense to you.

 

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Tags: Radio Equipment Directive

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

Silex Releases SX Virtual Link USB over IP for macOS Sierra

Posted by Safi Khan on 2016-12-23 01:38:34

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). 

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