Silicon Labs jumps into Wi-Fi with reduced-power offerings

March 19, 2018 Rich Nass

Silicon Labs is continuing down the path of being all things to all developers when it comes to the IoT. The latest evidence come in the form of a new Wi-Fi portfolio aimed at simplifying the design of power-sensitive, battery-operated Wi-Fi products like IP security cameras, point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, and consumer health care devices. Optimized for energy efficiency, the WF200 transceivers and WFM200 modules support 2.4-GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

SiLabs claims that the WFM200 transceiver module, at 6.5 by 6.5 mm, is the smallest available pre-certified system-in-package (SiP) module with an integrated antenna. The WF200 measures 4 by 4 mm and is housed in a QFN32 package. Other features (of both the IC and the module) include low transmit (138 mA) and receive (48 mA) power and a 200-µA average WiFi power consumption.

Both the WF200 transceivers and WFM200 are now sampling. Production is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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