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The Next-Generation SX-SDMAC Plus Delivers Smaller Size, Lower Cost, and Higher Performance

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-12-15 19:01:44

SX-SDMAC-Plus.pngSilex Technology America, Inc., a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today announced the newest member of the SX-SDMAC family, the SX-SDMAC Plus wireless module. This dual-band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN plus Bluetooth 4.2 SDIO module fulfills a strategic role in Silex Technology’s embedded wireless product portfolio, opening new opportunities and markets. 

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Tags: 802.11ac, QCA9377

Microsoft Windows Driver Support for Silex's 802.11ac plus Bluetooth SDIO Wi-Fi Modules

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-11-15 21:54:00

Wireless drivers supporting Microsoft Windows for the SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC dual-band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN plus Bluetooth “Smart Ready” SDIO modules are now available by Silex. The new drivers add support for Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Core, Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7), and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (WEC2013). 

The SX-SDMAC module and SX-SDPAC System-in-Package (SiP) were initially released with support for Linux operating system (OS). Now Silex provides complete, production-ready Windows drivers to help customers modernize their Windows-based devices to the latest 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 standards with reduced engineering lead time. Adding compatibility for Windows Embedded and Windows IoT Core allows the SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC to easily integrate with networked handheld devices, terminals, industrial computers, and IoT (Internet of Things) smart devices.

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Tags: Embedded WiFi Module, Windows, 802.11ac

KRACK attack threatens Wi-Fi Enterprise Security

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-10-17 17:51:59

Wi-Fi Enterprise Security is critical to Silex as we strive to provide secure, reliable and robust wireless connectivity solutions to our customers. We want to assure our customers that we are well aware of the recent KRACK attack threat to WPA2 Wi-Fi security, and we will be providing a solution imminently. 

Recently published research in below references have identified vulnerabilities in some Wi-Fi devices. Those devices reinstall network encryption keys under certain conditions, disabling replay protection and significantly reducing the security of encryption. This security vulnerability is inherent to the WPA2 protocol itself, and in principle impacts all products using the WPA security supplicant.

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Tags: Wi-Fi, 802.11n, Access Point, IoT, 802.11ac, WPA2, enterprise security

Can the SX-SDMAC 802.11ac Radio Module be Optimized for Cost, Size and Performance?

Posted by Babar Hashim on 2017-09-27 23:16:30

Yes it can, and is now Available from Silex!!!

The Silex SX-SDMAC Plus is a dual-band IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN plus Bluetooth 4.2 SDIO module. It is the latest addition to our QCA9377 product family. This latest module is optimized for cost, size and performance. This module makes it a very viable option for customers who want to take advantage of the higher 802.11ac performance at a lower cost and smaller overall footprint.

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Tags: 802.11ac

New Wireless Infrastructure 802.11 ac Access Point with 1.3Gbps data rate

Posted by Govardhan Shanmuga Sundaram on 2017-09-19 21:37:42

 Silex Technology, a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today launched  AP-500AC, which  is a wireless access point (Base unit) that corresponds to a high-speed wireless LAN communication with theoretical value  of 1.3Gbps data rate.  It is a Dual Band 802.11ac Access Point with 802.11r Enhanced Roaming, Enterprise Security, and PoE capabilities. 

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Tags: Access Point, A/V wireless networking, Display Networking, WiFi connectivity solutions, 802.11ac

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

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

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