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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Wireless embedded IoT gateway in footprint of a stamp

By Nick Flaherty

Lantronix has developed an embedded gateway for the Internet of Things with a footprint not much larger than a postage stamp.

The xPico 200 combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, enterprise-grade security, and integrated manageability features for industrial IoT applications. The module measures 17mm x 25mm x 2mm for the LGA package or 22mm x 35.5mm x 2.73 mm for the Edge Card.

“Today’s advanced IoT applications require more than just simple connectivity,” said Shahram Mehraban, Lantronix vice president of marketing. “With the commercial launch of our xPico 200 product family, Lantronix is providing a robust compact solution that combines best-in-class wired and wireless connectivity, industrial grade design and intelligent networking that enables resource-constrained product development teams to reduce total cost of ownership and time to market for their industrial IoT solutions.”

“With its state-of-the-art fast roaming capabilities and integrated manageability, the xPico 200 embedded gateways deliver reliable functionality and performance that will enable us to efficiently develop very cost competitive connected products,” said Paul Blashewski, president of Prescient Wireless.

The gateway uses Cypress Semiconductor’s wireless SoC for industrial, medical, retail, smart building and transportation verticals. “Lantronix has developed an industry-leading secure embedded solution that enables OEMs to use the Cypress CYW43907 802.11n Wi-Fi MCU to provide network reliability and flexibility to do more,” said Andrew Hunter, senior director of marketing at Cypress Semiconductor. “The xPico 200 series represents another milestone in our collaboration with Lantronix and addresses the growing need for industrial IoT solutions that deliver robust connectivity, processing capabilities and manageability.”

The Lantronix concurrent Soft AP + Client that provides device support and access without disrupting machine field operations and the Field-tested TruPort Serial and TruPort Socket enable out-of-the-box connectivity locally and over the Internet for hundreds of serial machine protocols. It is also pre-integrated with Lantronix MACH10 IoT platform, including the MACH10 Global Device Manager

xPico 250 evaluation kits will be available this month with product availability in early 2018.

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