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November 9, 2017

Silex Technology Delivers Microsoft Windows and Windows Embedded Compact OS Support for 802.11ac plu

Silex Technology Delivers Microsoft Windows and Windows Embedded Compact OS Support for 802.11ac plus Bluetooth SDIO Wi-Fi Modules

New Software Drivers for SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC Reduce Engineering Time for Windows-Based Embedded Devices

SANTA ANA, Calif. November 9, 2017 – Silex Technology America, Inc., a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, today released a series of drivers supporting Microsoft Windows for the SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC dual-band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN plus Bluetooth “Smart Ready” SDIO modules based on the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 System-on-Chip (SoC). The new drivers add support for Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Core, Windows Embedded Compact 7 (WEC7), and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (WEC2013). 


The SX-SDMAC module and SX-SDPAC System-in-Package (SiP) were initially released with support for Linux operating system (OS). Now Silex provides complete, production-ready Windows drivers to help customers modernize their Windows-based devices to the latest 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 standards with reduced engineering lead time. Adding compatibility for Windows Embedded and Windows IoT Core allows the SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC to easily integrate with networked handheld devices, terminals, industrial computers, and IoT (Internet of Things) smart devices.


“By adding Windows support to the new SX-SDMAC and SX-SDPAC SDIO modules, Silex now opens the doors for embedded developers using Windows to enhance new products or upgrade legacy devices with 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity,” said Babar Hashim, Senior Product Manager at Silex. “We are excited about bringing our Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions to key markets such as logistics and transportation, automotive diagnostics, healthcare, industrial control, and digital signage applications.”


Driver Features

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac station and ad hoc functionality
  • Integration with the native SDIO stack
  • Integration with Microsoft’s native WPA/WPA2-PSK Supplicants for WEC7 and WEC2013 and Enterprise Supplicant for Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 10 IoT Core
  • Support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth co-existence
  • Support for Bluetooth HCI driver through UART integrated with the native Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (BT2.1+EDR) stack on WEC7 and WEC2013 OS platforms
  • Seamless roaming support
  • Tested and validated on x86 and ARM platforms
  • Access point mode support
  • NDIS 6.x driver support
  • Enterprise Security Supplicant provided as a separate software component add-on for WEC7 and WEC2013 OS platforms


To expedite the product development process, Silex also provides additional world-class engineering services including custom driver development, certification services, and hardware schematic design reviews.


Pricing and Availability

The drivers are available for immediate download for evaluation purposes. Users must complete the evaluation license agreement online. For usage in production, please contact our sales department at sales@silexamerica.com.


To learn more, visit http://silexamerica.com/campaign/sx-sdmac-evaluation/.


About Silex Technology America, Inc.

Silex Technology builds on more than 40 years of hardware and software connectivity know-how and IP, custom design development experience, and in-house manufacturing capabilities, bringing value to customers with a foundation of technical expertise. With relentless attention to quality, exclusive access to Qualcomm Atheros expertise, and strategic partnerships with leading semiconductor providers, Silex Technology is the global leader in reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for products ranging from a medical device to a document imaging product to a video or digital display. With Silex Technology, customers get a single vendor that provides hardware and software support from design through manufacturing for successful product after successful product. For more information, please visit www.silexamerica.com.