New 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 module holds up in the most challenging wireless environments

05 September 2017

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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module series provide unmatched connectivity, and improve network efficiency and spectrum use – while enabling optimal mobile device performance.

From global technology firm Laird, the new Sterling 60 family of certified 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.2 modules (Bluetooth 5 SIG certified Q4 modules) is the first of two classes of modules that will give developers unmatched flexibility in wireless design, especially for mission critical-connectivity requirements in industrial, medical, and enterprise applications.

The Sterling 60 offers robust, secure, professional-grade network and Internet connectivity with leading-edge wireless technology with the largest possible range in one certified module.

Based on the latest, leading-edge silicon, Marvell’s 88W8997 chipset, the Sterling 60 introduces 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input Multiple Output) and Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity (Bluetooth 5 SIG certified Q4) on one low-power module, delivering future-ready cutting-edge technology for next-gen devices and applications.

A key advantage of MU-MIMO is that it improves network efficiency and the overall Wi-Fi experience. For example, in hospitals there is an increasing number of wirelessly-networked medical devices. This great number of devices in a highly dense and challenging RF environment are dependent on Wi-Fi and are pushing networks to the limit.

Enabling MU-MIMO in these areas means that APs can send data to multiple devices simultaneously. Instead of sharing bandwidth, devices can have their own data stream, which dramatically improves network efficiency and spectrum usage and enhances the performance for all devices on the network.

The 60 Series will help developers and integrators use today’s technology and support the next round of significant innovations in Wi-Fi, according to Scott Lordo, senior vice president for Laird’s Connectivity Solutions. The Bluetooth 5 capabilities and Wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards, he added, will be a hallmark of the 60 Series, which also will support both Linuxand Android operating systems.

For more information about Laird’s Sterling 60 module, visit this link; and for more information about Laird’s Connectivity Solutions, visit this link.

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