Laird’s IoT Wireless Module Solutions

The rapid advancement of technology and internet connectivity has increased the need for IoT development and products. The wireless enablement and development of IoT products can cause risks by adding to the time to market and increasing the complexity of the design. Laird is dedicated to wireless enablement of IoT products with their comprehensive portfolio of IoT wireless modules, packaged products, antennas, engineering services, and accredited EMC facility.

Whether you are an embedded engineer, software engineer, or system architect with minimal or extensive experience, Laird produces innovative IoT modules that are the best in the industry for cost effectiveness, ease-of-use, and performance. Two products that reduce your overall project development complexity and risk, ultimately enhancing  your time to market are the Sterling LWB and the BL652 Series.

Sterling LWB: Laird’s High-Performance WLAN & Bluetooth Module

The Sterling LWB will yield you wireless communication to your design with high-performance 2.4 GHz WLAN (standards of IEEE 802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth v4.2 (BR/DR/LE) connectivity. This certified module is based on the Cypress CYW4343W chipset, which provides the highest level of integration for mobile or handheld wireless systems. It also has the added support of the latest Linux and Android drivers and WICED reference platform. This provides a very simple and fast way to add both 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and BLE 4.2 connectivity to your design.

It’s 2.4 GHz Radio has an internal power amplifier, low noise amplifier, and T/R switch giving the module efficiency on power consumption and superior RF performance. Efficiency is also shown with its antenna coexistence, as it can have simultaneous Bluetooth and WLAN reception from a single antenna.

There is no need to worry when it comes to heat or cold and country certifications, as the Sterling LWB has an industrial temperature rating of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius (-40 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit) during operation and has worldwide acceptance in USA (FCC), Canada (IC), Europe (ETSI), Japan (Giteki), and Australia/New Zealand (RCM).

There are three different module packages of the Sterling-LWB, which gives you flexibility when designing your product. The package you need will depend on your antenna and footprint needs, though it is recommended by Laird that, for simplicity of both the host PCB design and manufacturing process, you should choose either the Chip Antenna or RF Connector version.

Chip Antenna Version

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The Chip Antenna Module integrates the Sterling LWB and all the associated RF matching components on a PCB. This version is the most complete as it provides an integrated antenna solution, simplifies the module PCB footprint, and reduces the cost of the end user.

RF Connector Version

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The RF Connector Module is similar to the Chip Antenna Module, providing all associated RF matching components on a PCB and simplifying and reducing the cost of the end user. The difference here is that it provides a U.FL connector so you can select an optimal external antenna for your product design.

Base SiP Version

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This version is supplied in a compact 10mm x 10mm LGA package. While this does not come with the addition of either an off-module antenna or RF connector and the associated matching components, this will give you the maximum freedom of making your own design. The SiP version is ideal if you’re designing for small devices, such as wearables. It’s also cost effective if you are ordering a large volume for this version.

BL652 Series: Laird’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v5.0 Module

If Bluetooth connectivity is the only requirement for your product, then Laird’s BL652 Series provides the latest, powerful Bluetooth 5 specification for your design. It is designed for OEMs to add single-mode BLE v5.0 to small, portable, power-conscious devices with quicker and simpler product development with the support of Laird’s smartBASIC, an event-driven programming language that significantly reduces the time to market.

The smartBASIC enables you to develop a complete embedded application inside the BL652 that connects to a wide range of external sensors with its I2C, SPI, UART, ADC and GPIO interfaces. Flexibility is also provided in application development choice with full support for using Nordic’s SDK and firmware tools, plus a further option for a AT Command set.

By adding Bluetooth 5 to your IoT design, you will give it an increase on data transmission speeds making Bluetooth 5 catered more towards today’s IoT product developments. Bluetooth 5 has its data throughput increases to about 1400 kbps, compared to BLE v4.2’s 800 kbps.

The BL652 Series also features Near Field Communications (NFC) that enables proximity detection to your IoT design. This is great for bringing industrial security with Laird’s proven BLE modules. The NFC has a data rate of 106 kbps and works on a frequency of 13.56 MHz.

Similar to the Sterling LWB, the BL652 has a variety of versions that will fit your need for your design.

Chip Antenna Version

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This version has an integrated chip antenna mounted on the module, meaning that you won’t need external antennas to add onto the module.

IPEX MH4 Connector Version

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If your design needs to be flexible on what type of antenna to use, then the IPEX MH4 Connector version will provide you a solution as this version requires an external antenna to be connected to the module.

Development Board

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Laird also provides the DVK-BL652 development kit that supports the rapid development of applications and software for the BL652 series. There are two versions of the development kit where one has the Chip Antenna Module and the other one has the IPEX MH4 Connector Module on the dev kit.

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While these products alone are great to integrate into your IoT design, Laird provides you the support, resources, documents, and cost solutions, from design to manufacture. Laird has an industry-renowned support that is passionate about helping you speed your design to market, giving you that extra push into building your next innovative IoT product!

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