Few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about developing an ath10k patch to support the SDIO Wi-Fi interface for QCA9377-3 WiFi SoC from Qualcomm Technologies. I am happy to report that we have completed this development and the patch has been submitted to be upstreamed into the mainline Linux kernel. This patch is now available for download. We tested this patch with our SX-SDCAC SDIO Wi-Fi + BT Module and an i.MX6SoloX Platform.
Customer feedback is important to us at Silex and whenever we can do something extra that makes them happy, it makes us happy! A recent example of our customer focus at Silex is the ath10k initiative. I want to share the technical details of this initiative and how our engineering team overcame some of the challenges to making this work. We have had a long history of supporting open-source drivers for Qualcomm Atheros low power Wi-Fi radios dating back to ath5k for some of our legacy modules. Since then, we have supported ath6k, ath9k, and now finally, I want to talk about ath10k.
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.
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.
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.
"Silex delivers outstanding technology engineered to help our i.MX 6 customers differentiate and win in competitive markets.” Rajeev Kumar, i.MX product line manager for NXP Semiconductor. For over a year, Silex Technology has been NXP’s premier vendor of choice for all its wireless needs. NXP selects Proven Partners by invitation only, based on proven knowledge and experience to help their customers implement total system solutions. In Silex’s case, NXP chose us for our deep wireless know-how and expertise. The following video showcases Amanda McGregor, i.MX 6 Series Product Line Manager, endorsing Silex Technology as their vendor of choice for all their Wi-Fi connectivity needs.
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SANTA ANA, Calif., June 5, 2012 – Silex Technology, a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today launched the SX-SDCAN SDIO card based on Qualcomm Atheros AR6003 WLAN technology. Unlike other radio modules, the SX-SDCAN is mechanically designed in an SD card form factor providing an upgrade path for existing Silex customers to take advantage of 802.11n Wi-Fi technology while offering new customers a vendor-independent form factor.