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Low power GNSS module designed for fitness devices
Alpha Micro Components has announced the availability of the u-blox ZOE-M8B, a GNSS System-in-Package (SiP) that looks set to revolutionise small battery powered consumer devices, including portables and wearables. The ZOE-M8B SiP offers the best possible balance of power consumption and positional accuracy in its class.
Bluetooth modules deliver in demanding IoT environments
Availability of the Laird 60 Series of certified 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.2 modules is announced by Alpha Micro Components. The 60 Series modules are based on manufacturing techniques which help developers and designers get the most out of today’s most powerful wireless connectivity technologies.
Making Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) work for you
Well established as the preferred method of connecting accessories to mobile devices, Bluetooth Classic offers a very easy to use service where connected and paired devices are remembered and automatically reconnected when in range. At first sight, Bluetooth Classic would appear to be a useful technology for devices in the IoT space. However, Bluetooth Classic has a couple of major drawbacks that severely limit its usefulness for general IoT...
The second coming of Sigfox
IoT as most people know it, the Internet of Things is nothing without an internet connection, but the logistics of creating and managing the infrastructure for all those connections is complex. Guest piece written by Maxine Hewitt, Business Development Director at Alpha Micro Components.
Wired device server module enables quick integration with minimal engineering effort
Alpha Micro has announced the availability of the Lantronix xPico 110 wired device server module. The xPico 110 is a compact, easy-to-integrate Ethernet networking module for embedded and industrial applications. Designed for quick integration with minimal engineering effort, the xPico 110 features a complete TCP/IP stack with web server and networking services. Its TruPort Serial technology, along with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption, prov...
The world’s smallest ready-to-use Iridium satellite transceiver
Alpha Micro Components has announced the launch of the world’s smallest ready-to-use Iridium Transceiver Antenna System (ITAS) transceiver. The AMC Roger ITAS is competitively priced and can add satellite connectivity to new and existing designs in a matter of days. Aimed at markets where remote asset monitoring is essential but challenging, the Roger ITAS enables equipment-makers to use satellite communications to replace or complemen...
GNSS receiver module is reliable in any environment
The SAM-M8Q Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver module from u-blox is now available at Alpha Micro. The module’s tiny 15.5mm land grid array (LGA) surface-mount package, containing an integrated wide-band antenna, makes it an ideal all-in-one module for developers with limited radio frequency (RF) and antenna design experience.
Bluetooth suits rapid enterprise IoT development
Alpha Micro has begun distributing a secure, certified Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v4.2 and Near Field Communication (NFC) module, the Laird BL652. The module is compact, energy-efficient and powerful. This tiny footprint stand-alone module offers multiple interfaces and an easy-to-use application development environment for easy integration of secure connectivity into EioT devices without impacting power budgets or space limitations.
GNSS receiver module supports multiple systems
The u-blox EVA-M8Q, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver module is now available at Alpha Micro Components. The EVA-M8Q achieves superior positional accuracy by combining signals from up to three navigation satellite constellations simultaneously, but it still fits in a miniature, cost-effective EVA 7x7 mm package.
Evaluation kits support GNSS platform development
Evaluation kits for the newest u-blox M8 series and u-blox 8 GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning technology modules are now available at Alpha Micro Components.. These comprehensive kits allow easy evaluation of the modules’ performance, in both real-world and test conditions, and provide an ideal base for application development.
GNSS positioning module evaluation kits available from Alpha Micro
Alpha Micro Components announced the availability of evaluation kits for the newest u-blox M8 series and u-blox 8 GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning technology modules. These comprehensive kits allow easy evaluation of the modules’ performance, in both real-world and test conditions, and provide an ideal base for application development.
Future-proof IoT WiFi solution designed for Ethernet devices
The availability of the first embedded enterprise-grade 5G (802.11ac) WiFi IoT (Internet of Things) module for Ethernet devices has been announced by Alpha Micro Components,the Lantronix PremierWave 2050. This new series of modules is well suited for mission critical enterprise applications that demand rock-solid, uninterrupted 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity backed by enterprise-class security.
Module supplies future proof IoT solution
The first embedded enterprise-grade 5G (802.11ac) Wi-Fi IoT (Internet of Things) module for Ethernet devices has been introduced by Alpha Micro Components. The Lantronix PremierWave 2050. This new series of modules is ideal for mission critical enterprise applications that demand rock-solid, uninterrupted 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity backed by enterprise-class security.
IoT modules combine Bluetooth v4.0 and LoRa support
What are claimed to be the first IoT (Internet of Things) modules to combine Bluetooth v4.0 and LoRa support in a single device, the Laird RM1 series are available at Alpha Micro Components. Enabling low energy connectivity over distances of many miles, these modules save money and time while enhancing safety and slashing downtime.
An IoT technology that supports the roll-out phase
One of the subjects that wasn’t discussed in detail in this blog about selecting a wireless protocol for your IoT design is what happens when you have designed it? i.e. roll-out. No matter how impressive your solution, let’s not forget that from an end customer perspective, this will be one of their most important concerns. By Tim Bonnett, Director, Alpha Micro Components.
Low energy evaluation boards speed up IoT designs
The Bluetooth low energy wireless standard has been added to its portfolio of IoT (Internet of Things) enabling technologies by distributor Alpha Micro. u-blox’s NINA-B111 and B112 modules and their evaluation kit, EVK-NINA-B1, are compliant with the latest Bluetooth 4.2 wireless standard, and have been created to shorten the development time for IoT designs.
Ultra-compact cellular module supports 2G and 3G
The SARA-U201 is the smallest cellular module available supporting 2G and 3G. Manufactured by u-blox , it is now available from distributor Alpha Micro. The SARA-U201 is pin and form factor compatible with u-blox’s other region-specific 2G and 3G variants, such as the 2G SARA-G350, also available through Alpha Micro.
Minimising the time required to implement Bluetooth connectivity
Simon Bliss, Customer Application Support Engineer at Alpha Micro Components discusses the engineering challenges to achieving connectivity in the connected modern world. Whatever the next development project that falls on your workbench, you can be certain of one aspect of its specification - it will need connectivity.
Multi-GNSS receiver embedded security thwarts spoofers
The u-blox M8 featuring new 3.01 firmware, a multi-GNSS receiver platform with a -167dBm sensitivity (dynamic 5m/sec), providing a 2m position accuracy is available at Alpha Micro. It has been designed to let OEMs create advanced automotive navigation, drive recorder, emergency call systems, drone positioning, and other such systems that demand exceptional accuracy and reliability.
Wi-Fi modules meet wide range of IoT applications
A line-up of Wi-Fi wireless modules developed by Gainspan are now being shipped with a concurrent mode feature by distributor Alpha Micro. Ideally suited to provisioning wireless connectivity for a broad range of IoT applications, the GS2000-based modules can now operate currently in Wi-Fi station (infrastructure) and access point (AP) modes.