Wired Connectivity

IoT modules and transceivers cut Wi-Fi power consumption in half

23 January 2019

Silicon Labs has introduced new modules and transceivers for the internet of things (IoT), expanding its Wireless Gecko portfolio for designers looking to create power-sensitive connected products.

Silicon Labs claims the Wireless Gecko portfolio cuts Wi-Fi power consumption in half compared to other offerings for applications such as battery-operated IP security cameras, point-of-sale scanners, asset trackers and personal medical devices.

The devices feature a transmit current of 138 mA, a receive current of 48 mA and a sleep current of less than 40 µA to enable power savings for all IoT use cases. The Wi-Fi portfolio offers built-in security features to prevent online and physical hacking such as secure boot with anti-rollback, secure link and encryption such as WPA3.

The devices also feature radio frequency (RF) selectivity to block adjacent channel noise and maintain throughput and connectivity in crowded RF environments like smart homes.

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