Machine-to-machine and IOT (Internet of Things) communications expert Alpha Micro Components has launched the xPico® Wi-Fi SMT embedded device server from Lantronix – a certified, compact Wi-Fi surface mount module which enables quick and easy serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity.  Guaranteed to reduce development costs and shorten time-to-market, the new module is ideal for OEM design engineers keen to develop IoT applications and solutions, in particular those requiring direct access to device data via smartphones, tablets, and connected PCs.

“The xPico Wi-Fi SMT helps customers completely offload their Wi-Fi connectivity requirements and simplifies device manufacturing workflows and processes,” said Vishal Kakkad, director of product marketing for Lantronix.  “With a tiny footprint, choice of antenna options, Web Service API and a flexible microcontroller software interface, the new SMT version is now, more than ever, a perfect fit for IoT devices that need to communicate quickly with the cloud, as well as directly connect via mobile devices.”

Key features and benefits of the xPico Wi-Fi family include:

  • Simultaneous Soft-AP and Client Mode: Unique feature that permits a service technician mode or direct local access without disconnecting from the enterprise wireless network
  • Mobile Ready: Direct access to device data via smartphones, tablets and connected PCs
  • Complete Wi-Fi Connectivity Offload: Reduces complexity of application microcontroller and helps bring products to market faster with less risk
  • Complete Network Protocol Offload: Built-in Web Server, TCP/IP network stack, file system and network connection management can be utilised without writing complex application logic
  • Over-the-Air (OTA) Updates:  Enables reliable remote upgrades to xPico Wi-Fi firmware over the Internet, while preserving custom configurations
  • Web Service API:  Use popular Web methodologies to communicate with and manage the connected device from cloud applications, mobile devices, and browsers
  • Industrial Ready: Operating environment at extended temperatures: -40⁰C to +85⁰C
  • Secure: 256-bit AES encryption
  • Low Power: Multiple power management modes for battery-powered operation
  • Choice of Footprint: Connector or surface mount formats, with on-board antenna and u.fl connectivity available, based on application requirements
  • Certified: Modular certification (FCC, IC, Japan, AU/NZ) and regulatory approvals for CE

xPico Wi-Fi SMT adds the following features:

  • Surface Mount: Castellation footprint makes it easy to integrate with commonly available PCB assembly processes
  • On-board Antenna Option: Completely integrated solution that does not require additional Wi-Fi specific components
  • u.fl Antenna Option: Permits flexibility in placement of module and antenna within the product for optimal performance
  • Small Form Factor: Measuring only 18.3mm x 31.1mm x 3mm, it can be fitted into small spaces with low height profiles

Commenting on the new module, Tim Bonnett, Director and Chief Sales Officer, Alpha Micro Components, said, “As one of the smallest embedded device servers in the world, the xPico Wi-Fi module can be utilised in designs typically intended for chip solutions and to reduce development costs and time-to-market significantly.”


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