RTX klar med ultrakompakt WiFi modul
RTX lancerer hvad firmaet betegner som verdens hidtil mindste embedded Wi-Fi modul (in english).RTX, the Danish provider of wireless communications solutions s launching a new fully embedded Wi-Fi module, the RTX4100, together with Energy Micro at the Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of February.
The RTX4100 Wi-Fi module - which according to RTX is the worlds smallest - allows fast and easy application development of low power sensor and actuator solutions – enabling devices, machines and other systems to connect directly to the Internet for a wide range of emerging machine to machine (M2M) applications. Embedding Wi-Fi directly inside a device makes installation extremely simple as it can use existing infrastructure and works 'out of the box' with applicable cloud services.
The module is ideal for application development due to its small footprint, high efficiency and low power consumption, which is achieved through the use of the Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko MCU and the Qualcomm Atheros AR4100 Wi-Fi System-in-Package.
Peter Mariager, chief technology officer at RTX, comments:
- Our Board Support Package and application framework makes rapid and efficient development possible, and the customer can choose from a range of different libraries to rapidly enable e.g. emerging white goods and smart energy applications to be integrated using a zero-cost tool chain.
- The RTX4100 Wi-Fi module can be integrated into devices to support various wireless standards including 802.11 b/g/n. The module features a built-in and an external antenna.
- EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers are a perfect fit for the low power wireless applications made possible with RTX's Wi-Fi module. We are delighted that RTX has achieved such a significant low power advantage by integrating our energy friendly Gecko MCU into their module, says Energy Micro’s worldwide vice president of sales and marketing, Andreas Koller, comments
At a time when the growth of the Internet-connectable M2M market is soaring, RTX’s new Wi-Fi module will meet the demand for small low-cost and low-power products.
- The small RTX4100 Wi-Fi module, measuring just 30x18 mm, reduces the complexity involved in advanced Wi-Fi application designs. Developers can bring their product to market faster using less energy and space compared to existing solutions. This is really an important step forward for M2M communication worldwide, says Jesper Mailind, CEO of RTX.
Adam Lapede, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, comments:
- This module is an expansion of the Qualcomm Atheros ecosystem that leverages the AR4100 low power 802.11n Wi-Fi, enabling use of small foot print, low cost, and low power microcontrollers for the ‘Internet of Things’ application space.
The RTX4100 Wi-Fi device and a demonstration with an embedded Twitter client can be seen at Embedded World on the Energy Micro stand in Hall 1, stand 1-523 between 28th Feb and 1st March 2012.