Zentri debuts Wi-Fi module Spectre to design and manage its line of IoT products

Zentri debuted Tuesday Spectre, its initial cloud connected Wi-Fi module in the sub-five dollar (< $5 USD) price category complete with full device manageability. Spectre removes the painful trade-off between functionality, price and product real estate allowing product manufacturers to deliver the best connected product at the lowest price point.

The Spectre Wi-Fi module comes in a 12 x 11 x 1.8mm size that is powered by ZentriOS, its secure IoT operating system that powers a range of products from Zentri, Avnet, NXP, Broadcom/Cypress, ST, and more. Spectre is pre-certified, speeding up product design and ensuring successful deployments.

Using ZentriOS, Spectre customers design connected products in weeks with the unique ability to use the same ZentriOS foundation across all product lines, regardless of hardware, and securely manage those products with cloud services.


“Spectre furthers Zentri’s bold corporate strategy to drive hardware costs towards zero,” stated Nick Dutton, Zentri’s VP for embedded products. “With Spectre, product design is no longer dictated by hardware costs or size constraints, removing development hurdles and allowing managed IoT products to get to market faster than ever before.”

Zentri comes with 802.11 b/g/n 1×1 Wi-Fi transceiver module; general purpose I/O; 10-bit analogue to digital converter: PWM outputs; 2MB serial flash file system; security support for SSL/TLS 1.2/HTTPS; supports industrial temperature ranges of -40C to +85C; support for MQTT and AMQP; and web server with softAP mode that allows a browser to access the product directly.

Spectre is ideal for simple end devices used in any industrial, commercial, or consumer use case such as environmental or energy monitoring and appliance control. Data-in-motion is secure with over-the-air wireless updates that allow individual firmware bundles to be delivered to any individual, or group of deployed products.

All data can be remotely accessed with Zentri Cloud Services to manage, update, and analyze every deployed IoT device in the product portfolio from within Zentri or as a connector to other cloud providers.

The AMW007 ‘Spectre’ is a Wi-Fi networking module complete with full regulatory certification designed for low cost IoT edge devices. The AMW007 module from Zentri is an advanced stand-alone Wi-Fi and networking solution. It is an integrated module designed to avoid difficult RF layout and to enable designers to rapidly embed Wi-Fi and secure networking functionality into virtually any device.

Each AMW007 is pre-installed with the ZentriOS-Lite embedded operating system, designed to enable fast product development. With dimensions of just 12mm x 11mm and a temperature range, the module is suitable for integration into embedded applications.

The Wi-Fi device includes an integrated RF transmit power amplifier and provides superior Wi-Fi performance and full compatibility with all 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. The AMW007 microcontroller core operates at a frequency up to 80MHz and offers extensive I/O and peripheral interfaces.

The module is powered by a single 3.3V power supply and various powersave modes offer ultra-low power operation. Wake from low power sleep mode is possible using IO pins or the internal real-time clock; wake from ultra-low power standby mode is achieved using the dedicated wake pin. The module has FCC & IC modular approval for use in the United States and Canada, CE approval for use in Europe and related approvals for use in other countries.

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