Bluegiga Releases a New APx4 Wireless System-on-Module Ideal for Low Power Wireless Gateways
Nov 13, 2012
Electronica, Munich, Germany, November 13th, 2012 - Bluegiga introduced today its new Wireless System-on-Module – Bluegiga APx4. The APx4 is a low power wireless System-on-Module that has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, ARM and Linux offering an ideal development platform for wireless gateways.
The Bluegiga APx4 is a small form factor, low power system-on-module that includes the latest wireless connectivity standards: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The APx4 is based on Freescale's i.MX28 processor family and runs an embedded Linux operating system based on the Yocto ProjectTM. In addition to integrating the 454MHz ARM9 processor, the wireless connectivity technologies and Linux operating system, the APx4 also includes with several built in applications, such as the 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.0 stacks, Continua v.1.5 compliant IEEE manager and many more. This combination provides an ideal platform for designing multi-radio wireless gateways that enables fast time-to-market and minimum R&D risks.
"Integrating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart Ready technologies into a single platform is far from a trivial challenge - especially when these technologies need to seamlessly co-exist. This is exactly what the APx4 accomplishes in addition to providing an ARM9 based Linux platform that allows our customers to quickly and simply add their own applications into it", comments Mikko Savolainen, Bluegiga's VP of Product Management.
The Bluegiga APx4 software can be easily extended or tailored customizing 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 and touch screen displays.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.
“We have see the demand for wireless connectivity solutions clearly increasing. The APx4 wireless System-on-Module is directly designed to address these connectivity needs and provide a platform for rapid development of new innovative wireless gateways, says Tom Nordman, Bluegiga’s VP of Sales and Marketing, adding that “Bluegiga is very excited to be able to leverage its long experience in wireless connectivity by expanding our product portfolio to include this type of new solutions.”
About Bluegiga APx4 Development Kit
The APx4 development kit contains a full hardware development platform for APx4 as well a software SDK, which allows applications to be compiled for the APx4 Linux operating system.
Bluegiga provides short-range wireless connectivity solutions including Bluetooth modules, Wi-Fi modules, and Bluetooth network access devices to OEMs and system integrators. Founded in 2000 with its headquarters in Espoo Finland, Bluegiga sells to customers across markets such as medical, sports and fitness, automotive, audio, and industrial. With offices in the United States and Hong Kong and through an extensive distribution network, Bluegiga serves customers in more than 70 countries.