Technical Press Releases

Laird Brings Bluetooth v4.2 Dual-Mode Connectivity to Updated Line of HCI Modules

12 Oct 2017

LONDON – Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) has announced a significant new line of Bluetooth-qualified Class 1 HCI modules for rapid enablement of Bluetooth technology into OEM devices.

The new BT850, BT851, and BT860 series complements Laird’s original BT8x0 series of Dual-Mode Bluetooth v4.0 modules. This next-gen series brings support for the Bluetooth v4.2 BR/EDR/LE core specification in Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and is equipped with market-leading silicon from Cypress Semiconductor.

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Technology Leader Laird Opens New Michigan R&D Center

20 Sep 2017
New Laird facility in Michigan

New Center Focuses on Mobile Technology, Autotomotive Electronics, Connected Vehicles

GRAND BLANC, Michigan USA, September 20, 2017 – Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London), which is at the forefront of vehicle connectivity, formally opened its newest research and design center here today.

The new R&D center, located in Grand Blanc, near Flint, Michigan – in the heart of America’s automotive industry -- will serve Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions division, which also...

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Laird Launches New Wireless "Safe-E-Stop" for Emergency Shutdowns in Manufacturing, Automated Production Line Environments

18 Sep 2017
Wireless Estop

Warren, OH – Seconds matter when it comes to manufacturing and production line mishaps that can injure workers or damage equipment, especially in heavily automated environments. According to OSHA nearly 5,000 workers were fatally injured in industrial accidents in 2015.

And, while hard-wired emergency-stop pushbuttons -- or “e-stops” – are the standard solution to shut-down a production or manufacturing line, the arrival of wireless control technology for e-stop buttons now allows mobility of the worker which translates to faster response time in the event of a line problem.

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Laird to Exhibit Innovative Telematics Platform, IDAS Antennas at Mobile World Congress Americas

11 Sep 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Global connectivity leader Laird (LRD: London) will be displaying its newest vehicle telematics and sophisticated indoor distributed antennas systems (iDAS) and other products that make the wireless world work at Mobile World Congress Americas, September 12-14, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, it was announced today.

Mobile World Congress Americas, a premier mobile industry event for North, Central, and South America companies, also will feature speeches from industry experts, and exhibits to showcase cutting-edge mobile technologies, products...

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New 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 Module Provides Unmatched Connectivity and Performance in Challenging Wireless Environments

29 Aug 2017

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) today introduced a new series of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules that provide unmatched connectivity, and improves network efficiency and spectrum use.

The new modules also enable optimal mobile device performance in the most challenging wireless environments.

Laird’s new Sterling 60 family of certified 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth® v4.2 modules (Bluetooth 5 SIG certified Q4 modules) is the first of two classes of modules that will give developers unmatched flexibility in wireless design, especially for mission...

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Laird Launches Industry's Thinnest, Smallest, Multiple Input Multiple Output Wideband iDAS Antennas

29 Aug 2017
CFD Antenna

SCHAUMBURG, IL, August 29, 2017 -- Laird announced today its newest wideband iDAS antennas, which dramatically improve in-building wireless connectivity. They also are the telecom industry's thinnest, smallest Low PIM MIMO ceiling mounted wideband antenna that meets the design needs of office and apartment buildings, hotels, airports, and other large coverage areas.

Laird's new CFD Ultra Low Profile Multiple Input...

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Laird Introduces the mFlexPIFA, the Industry’s First Flexible PIFA Antenna Designed Specifically for Metal Surfaces

09 Aug 2017

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) is introducing the industry’s first adhesive-backed flexible antenna designed to be used directly on metal surfaces, enabling the Internet of Things to continue its explosive growth to about 50 billion connected “things” worldwide by 2020.

The new, patented antenna – Laird’s mFlexPIFA -- is about the size and thickness of a quarter, and is ideal for wirelessly connecting everything from household appliances and automated equipment to medical devices and millions of other items. It is based on a Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA)...

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LoRaWAN + BLE Sensor Platform Simplifies Integration into Long-Range Enterprise IoT Networks

27 Jun 2017

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) is launching a new multi-wireless sensor platform that enables enterprise customers to deploy secure, stable wireless sensors in long-range Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) applications, especially those requiring precise temperature and humidity control.

Laird’s new RS191 / RS186 – which will be displayed at Sensors Expo, June 27-29, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose – leverages the benefits of LoRaWAN and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity in one small, rugged IP65-rated form factor, and when coupled with...

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Stream and Laird - Simplifying the LoRa Ecosystem

13 Jun 2017

Stream Technologies, the company behind IoT-X, the world’s most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity management platform, and global technology leader Laird (LRD: London), today announced that Laird’s Sentrius™ RG1xx Long-Range Wireless Area Network (LoRaWAN™) gateway is pre-configured out of the box to function with Stream’s LoRaWAN network server and IoT-X platform. 

Mass production and availability of the RG1xx family in Laird global distribution channels of Arrow, Avnet, Future, Digi-Key, Mouser, and Farnell is scheduled to begin in late June 2017.

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Laird Joins 5G Automotive Association to Develop 5G Communications Solutions for Connected Vehicles

30 May 2017

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London), which specializes in solutions for connected vehicles, is joining an association of blue chip companies and suppliers to help develop mobile communications standards for connected vehicles, it was announced today.

Laird is the newest global company to join Munich-based 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), which includes leading telecommunications firms, automotive companies, and components suppliers. Besides Laird, its members include AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, AT&T, and others.

As the successor to the LTE mobile phone standard, 5G is one of the key...

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