Laird Technologies Releases Enhanced WLM400/402 Wireless LAN Modules

802.11b/g Modules Offer New Levels of Throughput and Streaming Performance

 
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St. Louis, Missouri, USA – April 22, 2010 – Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of customized, performance-critical components and systems for wireless and other advanced electronics, today announced the release of its enhanced WLM400/402 802.11b/g Wireless LAN modules.

The enhanced WLM400/402 802.11b/g Wireless LAN modules deliver a new level of performance to WLAN streaming video and high data rate applications. While the majority of wireless modules on the market offer effective throughput in the sub-megabit range, these modules offer real throughput many times that of the sub-megabit range. Based on the Marvell® 8686 WLAN chipset, they provide embedded designers both the data throughput and simplicity of a module with embedded drivers and an embedded industrial TCP/IP stack; saving months of embedded firmware development.

“The WLM400/402 product family offers a very powerful toolkit to embedded designers requiring high levels of data throughput with limited host processing power. We believe that these modules are perfect for applications such as video streaming,” said Jim Ciccarelli, Laird Technologies Senior Product Manager, Telematics & Wireless M2M. “Additionally, European applications can now take advantage of this product with the WLM402 being CE approved.”

The WLM400 meets FCC/IC standards while the WLM402 meets CE standards. Both modules utilize a combination of a powerful ARM9 application processor and a flexible light-weight host/device API to provide a streaming channel that can deliver 12Mbps real data throughput with an 802.11g link and minimal power consumption.

Key features of these modules include the ability to be configured as a transparent bridge between a host and WLAN network, the availability of Enterprise level security, a fully embedded TCP/IP stack, support for 802.11b/g specification, and low power operation. Furthermore, the modules support antenna diversity, excellent range (1500m in 802.11b), and multiple host interface ports to choose from, including UART, SPI, 10/100 Ethernet, and USB. A hardware development kit is available with a reference hardware design and sample code in the form of a software development kit.

As the only embedded wireless LAN modules providing this level of performance, the WLM400/402 modules are designed to make wireless integration simple with their ultimate throughput, low-power consumption, and ease of use. They are ideal for streaming wireless applications, whether as infrastructure connections or video cable replacements in ad-hoc mode. For more information, please logon to www.lairdtech.com.

Contact Information

For additional information, visit http://www.lairdtech.com or contact us at:

Americas: +1-800-492-2320 or WirelessInfo@lairdtech.com
Europe: +44-1628-858-940 or WirelessInfo@lairdtech.com
Hong Kong: +852-2268-6567 x026 or WirelessInfo@lairdtech.com

About Laird Technologies, Inc.

Laird Technologies designs and manufactures customized, performance-critical products for wireless and other advanced electronics applications.

The company is a global market leader in the design and supply of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, thermal management products, mechanical actuation systems, signal integrity components, and wireless antennae solutions, as well as radio frequency (RF) modules and systems.

Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer, medical, and industrial markets.

Laird Technologies, a unit of Laird PLC, employs over 10,000 employees in more than 39 facilities located in 13 countries.

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