Laird 60 Series Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules now at Alpha Micro

January 30, 2018 //By Julien Happich
Laird 60 Series Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules now at Alpha Micro
Alpha Micro Components is now stocking the Laird 60 Series of certified 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.2 modules. Laird’s 60 Series modules combine the latest cutting-edge silicon manufacturing processes with unique software enhancements to provide best-in-class performance and range, improved power efficiency, and secure Internet connectivity, all in a single certified module that combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Smart, fast scanning and roaming software means the module only needs a fraction of a second to search for access points and connect. In practice, this allows 60 Series modules to maintain uninterrupted connectivity as their host device moves through a facility, minimizing the risk of losing critical data when the module searches for the best access point.

802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MU-MIMO allows a network of IoT devices featuring 60 Series modules to maximize bandwidth usage and save time by running multiple simultaneous downstream connections in parallel. In a typical hospital scenario where wirelessly connected infusion pumps are in use, multiple units are able to download large drug library files at the same time. This prevents bottlenecks, by avoiding the need for client devices to wait in a queue to connect to an access point. For wide compatibility, and lower-power, shorter-range connectivity, 60 Series modules support the latest Bluetooth version 4.2 protocol, offering not only Classic Bluetooth, but also secure Bluetooth Smart connectivity. Operating systems supported by modules in the Laird 60 Series include Linux and Android.

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