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Core module enables wired, Wi-Fi networking

Posted: 18 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:core module  multimedia  wireless  Wi-Fi 

Digi International debuts the ConnectCore Wi-MX51 based on Freescale's high-performance i.MX51 processor. First to offer 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and first to support Microsoft's Windows CE 6.0 R3, the wireless-enabled core is designed specifically for low-power, wireless multimedia applications. The ConnectCore Wi-MX51 enables wired and Wi-Fi networking for low power embedded applications with demanding performance requirements such as displays within medical devices, digital signage, security/access control devices, point-of-sale equipment and industrial automation technology.

"The ConnectCore Wi-MX51 features three industry firsts that make it ideal for low power, wireless multimedia applications," said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi. "First, it offers connectivity on the newest 'n' Wi-Fi band for faster and more reliable wireless connectivity of display devices. Second, it features new high performance, power efficient technology from Freescale. Third, it includes the latest tools from Microsoft for display technology development."

"The i.MX51 features high performance processing, advanced multimedia features and low power consumption ideal for a multitude of industrial and consumer applications," said Ken Obuszewski, director of product management, multimedia applications division, Freescale Semiconductor. "Integrated with

Digi's ConnectCore Wi-MX51, customers can now enjoy a fast time to market for network enabled display devices."

The ConnectCore Wi-MX51 is a 32bit module featuring a high-performance ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 600- and 800MHz processor speeds. With Freescale's 10-year processor availability guarantee and Digi's five-year product warranty, makes it a good long-term availability solution in the industry. The ConnectCore Wi-MX51 features 10-/100Mbit Ethernet networking and a pre-certified 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless interface. Pre-certification eliminates the need to certify wireless products which can be costly and time consuming. It also includes powerful dual-display and multimedia capabilities, an on-chip hardware encryption accelerator, an industrial temperature rating, Zigbee connectivity support and Windows CE 6.0 R3 OS.

Early access Digi JumpStart development kits will be available shortly for Rs.38,808.26 ($795). Kits include a development board, Windows CE board support package and 7-inch XVGA LCD. Modules and Digi JumpStart Kits for Windows CE and Linux will be available in Q1 10. Customisation capabilities are also available through Spectrum Design Solutions, Digi's wireless consulting division.

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