Dual-band Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth offered in a small, powerful, stand-alone module by u-blox
The versatile ODIN-W262 module is ideal for both point-to-multipoint cable replacement and IoT applications that need advanced multiradio capabilities
ODIN-W262, measuring only 14.8 mm x 22.3 mm x 4.5 mm, needs no external host. It is ready-to-use and comes complete with embedded driver, stack and application for wireless data transfer. The module supports multiple concurrent Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy (v4.0) links to provide the greatest flexibility possible, and it is easily configured using AT-commands.
Future firmware upgrades will add micro access point, high-speed interfaces (such as RMII) and support for custom embedded applications. For example, the module will be able to act as a Wi-Fi access point or as a gateway between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth low energy sensors.
These numerous configuration options minimize inventory requirements and reduce design effort and costs because one module can be software-configured for use in a variety of products. For example, a manufacturer may want to offer products in either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth versions.
Herbert Blaser, u-blox' Head of Product Center Short Range Radio, comments, "Concurrent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth has many uses. In retail applications, Bluetooth low energy may be used to detect the closest printer while data is sent to that printer over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth classic. There are potential medical applications too. A patient monitoring device may be supervised via Wi-Fi at a central location in the hospital, while local communication with nurses is carried out over Bluetooth. For such medical applications, the module complies with the IEC 60601-1-2 standard."
The EVK-W262U is an evaluation kit for the module. It uses a single USB connection for data and power and comes complete with the u-blox configuration tool for Windows. For applications where an external antenna may be optimal, u-blox offers the ODIN-W260 module, which is a version with U.FL antenna connectors.
Samples and evaluation kits will be available in April 2015.
Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors and modules for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative personal, professional and M2M solutions quickly and cost effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.