Alpha Micro launches low-cost Wi-Fi / Bluetooth “Internet of Things” module from u-blox

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“Alpha Micro is committed to providing its client base with a range of useful components for IOT applications – demand has risen as more and more designers contact us for solutions which will enable them to connect industrial and medical devices to the IOT.”

New from Alpha Micro Components, successful independent specialist franchised distributor of components for telematics and M2M, is the ODIN-W160 rugged multi-radio Internet of Things (IOT) module from u-blox for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

"u-blox' compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement," says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. "With this module, customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications."

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth "Smart Ready").

The host-based module is designed for a long life cycle, which makes it ideal for infrastructure, building, and automotive implementations. In addition, it extends battery life operation due to its ultra-low power consumption.

Together with the open-source Linux host driver, the 15 x 22 x 3 mm module minimizes development time to implement short range wireless communications in end-devices. Also, no trimming or tuning is required during manufacturing of customer end-devices, since ODIN-W160 has pre-calibrated radio parameters and MAC address stored in an on-board EEPROM.

ODIN-W160 is in a castellated package, improving visual inspection of end-devices, and comes with a u.fl antenna connector for a wide selection of certified antennas.

It provides modular radio type approvals for Europe, USA, and Canada (R&TTE, FCC, IC), EMC certification, and Bluetooth qualification.

Commenting on this new component Christos Papakyriacou, CEO, Alpha Micro said, "Alpha Micro is committed to providing its client base with a range of useful components for IOT applications - demand has risen as more and more designers contact us for solutions which will enable them to connect industrial and medical devices to the IOT."

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Last updated: 1 October 2014