Partnership provides solutions for the IoT market

Louise Smyth

Silex Technology has released the FreeRTOS wireless driver for its SX-SDMAC ‘Smart-Ready’ SDIO module based on the Qualcomm QCA9377 chip. The SX-SDMAC is a wireless connectivity solution designed to deliver superior integration of wireless local area network (WLAN) and Bluetooth low-energy technology – engineered to support 1 × 1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 + HS. This release offers a plug and play solution allowing manufacturers to add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability to their NXP's i.MX RT-based devices.  

"Robust connectivity is at the core of any IoT solution, and with this announcement, Silex is taking an important step to support developers with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options they need to quickly and cost-effectively create new and exciting applications," said Joseph Bousaba, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. "We are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with Silex to scale up channel distribution for our technologies and enable end customers with superior connectivity."

NXP i.MX RT crossover processors bridge the gap between microcontrollers (MCU) and applications processors. These processors bring applications processor-level performance into the MCU world to support real-time, performance-intensive processing functions. Silex offers hardware and software for users to easily add 802.11ac wireless connectivity to i.MX RT devices that require high performance for their target applications.

"By adding Wireless support to the i.MX RT Series, Silex now opens the doors for embedded developers using i.MX RT to add 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity easily," said Joe Yu, vice president and general manager, Low-Power MPU and LPC MCU Product Lines at NXP Semiconductors. "We have partnered with Silex Technology to bring Wi-Fi solutions for the i.MX RT series because of their track record of creating highly reliable embedded Wi-Fi technology and the proven support they offer to NXP customers."