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September 29, 2014

Silex Technology Enhances Evaluation Kit with Latest Software Release

SX-6K3-EVK-SD: Evaluating Silex Wi-Fi Modules Based on the Qualcomm Atheros AR6003 Radio Chip Has Never Been Easier

SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept 29, 2014 – Silex Technology America, Inc., a global leader in wired and wireless networking solutions, announced the release of the SX-6K3-EVK-SD. It is an evaluation kit designed to allow device manufacturers and system integrators to evaluate the Silex wireless radio module and driver with the Freescale’s i.MX6 processor on the SABRE smart devices board. It is an off the shelf, plug and play kit which makes the evaluation process very easy.

"There are a number of Wi-Fi modules in the market today, so it is very important for Silex to provide a good evaluation kit and platform to test the radio characteristics of the module." said Babar Hashim, Product Manager at Silex Technology America. "With the SX-6K3-EVK-SD evaluation platform, customers can easily and conveniently evaluate the radio, significantly reducing their time to market."

Previously, evaluation required using the image provided with the Freescale i.MX 6. While the standard Freescale-supplied radio driver can still be used for evaluation, it is not recommended as it is not optimized for performance.

To simplify evaluation, the SX-6K3-EVK-SD now comes with a SD card pre-loaded with an Ubuntu Linux image containing binary images of Silex Technology’s optimized AR6003 dual band driver, security supplicant and test utilities. By simply replacing the SD card in your SABRE board, the system boots directly from the SD card into the GNOME desktop. It includes step by step instructions for setup and testing of the Wi-Fi interface.

Features

  • 8GB SD card pre-loaded with an Ubuntu Linux image
  • The image includes the Silex Technology’s optimized radio driver and wireless security supplicant
  • Includes the wireless radio module (SX-SDCAN)
  • Includes tools (iperf and sxwlanconfig utility) to evaluate performance and throughput

This enhanced evaluation platform now includes the latest optimized silex radio driver, security supplicant, built in wireless tools and applications to allow evaluation of the following:

  • Wireless Connectivity Quality
  • Enterprise Wireless Security Compatibility
  • Radio Performance and Throughput
  • Roaming Performance
  • Configuration Options

The Silex driver is based on the latest version of the Qualcomm reference driver v3.4. It is the latest driver and is not readily available to the open source community yet. Some of the other features that the Silex driver includes but not limited to are:

  • Wi-Fi Direct Support
  • Access Point and Station Mode
  • Power Save Mode
  • Wireless Protected Setup
  • Roaming

Please visit http://www.silexamerica.com/products/connectivity-solutions/embedded-wireless/software/sx-6k3-linux-software-suite/ for more details.

Pricing and Availability

To purchase SX-6K3-EVK-SD please contact Silex sales at sales@silexamerica.com, or buy them directly at:

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.