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Lantronix Unveils xPico Wi-Fi Module For the Internet of Things

With Texas Instruments SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 and Qualcomm Atheros AR4100P embedded Wi-Fi processors that fully handle Wi-Fi internally, and transfer data to an MCU with an SPI interface, and solutions such as Electric Imp, there are already ways to add Wi-Fi at relatively low cost to appliances. There’s now another solution available on the market with Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Module.

Lantronix_xPico_Wi-FiListed features and specification of xPico Wi-Fi:

  • SoC – ARM Cortex M3 class processor with 1MB on-chip Flash and 128 KB SRAM
  • Storage – SPI Flash storage
  • Wireless LAN Interface
    • IEEE 802.11 b/g and IEEE 802.11n (single stream) WLAN interface (2.4 GHz only)
    • IEEE 802.11 d/h/i/j/k/w/r
    • WPS 2.0 support
    • u.FL connector for external antenna
  • Serial Interface
    • Two Serial CMOS Ports (3.3V, 5V tolerant)
    • 300 to 921.6 Kbps
    • Flow control XON/XOFF, RTS/CTS (SPort 1 only)
    • Lantronix tunneling application (SPort 1 only)
  • Host Interface –  Dual Serial Port, SPI, USB 2.0 (device), 8 GPIOs
  • Network Protocols – TCP/IP, UDP/IP, DHCP, ARP, ICMP, DHCP, Auto-IP, DNS, SNMPv1, TFTP
  • Networking Capabilities
    • Soft Access Point with DHCP Server
    • Lantronix SmartRoam Technology continually tracks Wi-Fi signal strength within range, along with pre-authentication and caching resulting in smooth and automatic transition to access points without delay.
    • QuickConnect: Dynamic Profiles facilitate easy and rapid connections to access points
  • Management and Control
    • Web Server – Landing Page
    • CLI (Serial Monitor Port), Telnet
    • XML import and Export (XCR)
    • Field upgradable firmware (OTA)
  • Security – IEEE 802.11i Support (WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal), 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Power – 3.3VDC.  Approximately 6μA in standby mode
  • Physical Interface – 40-pin Board-to-Board SMT Connector
  • Environmental
    • Operating Temp: -40° to +85° C (For operation over +70° C a thermal pad is required)
    • Storage Temp: -40° to +85° C
    • Relative Humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing
  • Certifications – FCC Class B, UL and EN EMC, Japan
  • Dimensions – 24mm (L) x 16.5mm (W) x 5.64mm (H)
  • Weight – 2.5g

The module also comes with a 5-Year limited warranty.

Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Development Kit

Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Development Kit

The company also provides xPico Wi-Fi development kit ($136.10 – Ref: XPW100100K-01) for evaluation or development comprised of the following items:

  • xPico Evaluation Board with xPico Wi-Fi module and mounting clip
  • 2dBi, Whip Antenna with RP SMA connector (930-033-R)
  • 1.5 to 2.5dBi, PCB Strip Antenna with 50mm U.FL cable (930-099-R)
  • 5Vdc Wall-mount power supply AC/DC, 1A with mini-USB connector

The board itself features the xPico Wi-Fi module, and Ethernet port, a serial connector (DB9),  u.FL and SMA antenna sockets, a USB device socket, and for power: a micro USB port, a battery port, and an On/Off switch.

Embedded Star reports the module is available now, and pricing starts at $27.80 for 5,000 unit quantities. You can find more documentation about xPico Wi-Fi module, and development board on Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi documentation page.

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  1. deets
    August 14th, 2013 at 00:46 | #1

    I don’t see this making any impact in the consumer/hobby market at this price and with no SDK.

  2. March 14th, 2014 at 09:13 | #2

    A company called acal BFi will host a webninar about xPico Wifi on March 18:
    https://events-emea1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1320651390/en/events/event/shared/1330978192/event_landing.html?sco-id=1381101081&_charset_=utf-8

    They also offer free kits to people with projects they like, and there’s also 20% discount on the devkit for a limited period of time:
    http://www.acalbfi.com/uk/home/pages/lantronixComp

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