Silex Technology offers Microsoft Windows, Windows Embedded Compact OS support for 802.11ac modules

Silex Technology America, released on Thursday 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). These 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 integrate with networked handheld devices, terminals, industrial computers, and IoT (Internet of Things) smart devices.

SX-SDMAC – 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth SDIO Module (PRNewsFoto/Silex Technology America, Inc.)

The driver features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac station and ad hoc functionality; integrates with the native SDIO stack and merges 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. It also delivers support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth co-existence; and 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.

The driver also includes seamless roaming support; delivers tested and validated on x86 and ARM platforms; comes with access point mode support and NDIS 6.x driver support. The enterprise security supplicant comes 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.

“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.”

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