Bluegiga Technologies, available from Glyn High-Tech Distribution has introduced a new wireless system-on-module. The Bluegiga APx4 is a low power wireless system-on-module that integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, ARM and Linux to offer an ideal development platform for wireless gateways.
Featuring a small form factor, the Bluegiga APx4 system-on-module includes the latest wireless connectivity standards: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Based on Freescale's i.MX28 processor family, the APx4 runs an embedded Linux operating system based on the Yocto Project.
In addition to integrating the 454MHz ARM9 processor, wireless connectivity technologies and Linux operating system, the APx4 also includes several built-in applications such as the 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.0 stacks, and Continua v.1.5 compliant IEEE manager among others, providing an ideal platform for designing multi-radio wireless gateways that enable fast time-to-market and minimum R&D risks.
The Bluegiga APx4 is an ideal product for applications requiring wireless or wired connectivity technologies and the processing power of the ARM9 processor, such as health and fitness gateways, building and home automation gateways, M2M, point-of-sale and industrial connectivity.
The Bluegiga APx4 software can be easily extended or tailored by customising the Linux operating system with applications. The motherboards for the APx4 can be easily extended to include almost anything from 3G modems to Ethernet and audio interfaces to touch screen displays.
Mikko Savolainen, Bluegiga's VP of Product Management explained that integrating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart Ready technologies into a single platform was a challenge, given that these technologies needed to seamlessly co-exist. The APx4 accomplishes this in addition to providing an ARM9-based Linux platform that allows customers to quickly and simply add their own applications.
According to Tom Nordman, Bluegiga’s VP of Sales and Marketing, the APx4 wireless system-on-module is directly designed to address the increasing demand for wireless connectivity solutions, and provide a platform for rapid development of new innovative wireless gateways.
The APx4 development kit contains a full hardware development platform for APx4 as well as a software SDK, which allows applications to be compiled for the APx4 Linux operating system.