Silex Wifi 6E module based on Nvidia Jetson

  • November 2, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

California-based Silex Technology has introduced a Wifi 6E module based on the Nvidia Jetson edge AI platform, along with Linux drivers for the Nvidia JetPack SDK 5.0.x release supporting Linux kernel 5.10.

The Wifi 6E standard expands wifi into the 6GHz spectrum for improved communications performance, stability and efficiency. Designed for highly congested environments, the SX-PCEAX Wifi 6E module delivers the critical reliability, efficiency and performance needed to expand IoT devices in factories, warehouses and medical facilities.

The tri-band IEEE 802.11 abgn/ac/ax WLAN module plus Bluetooth combo module is based on Qualcomm’s QCA2066 SoC, specifically for the Nvidia Jetson Orin platform. The M.2 card form factor inserts directly into the developer kit for a plug-and-play experience using evaluation software from Silex. No engineering development is required to get started with a wireless evaluation on the Jetson Orin platform.

“Silex is proud to be a preferred wifi provider in the Nvidia partner network,” said Keith Sugawara, president of Silex Technology. “Our radio hardware modules are ready to go into mass production and are ideal for original equipment manufacturers who seek to reduce RF design costs and improve time to market.”

An essential requirement for AI is access to a large amount of high-quality data from which to learn, and wifi will become increasingly crucial for AI-powered applications to access data wirelessly. Silex delivers wireless technology engineered to help developers and customers leverage the Nvidia Jetson edge AI and robotics platform to transfer data at high speeds via reliable, secure and robust wifi.

The SX-PCEAX is not only suitable for evaluation with the Jetson family of developer kits and modules but is also ready for equipment manufacturers to take to mass production.

Modules have obtained certifications for North America, Europe and Japan, enabling quick time to market and cost savings. Silex can help users port the driver to their specific platforms. Its reference platform for driver evaluation and development is the Jetson AGX Orin developer kit. To expedite the product development process, Silex also provides engineering services, including custom driver development, certification services and hardware schematic design reviews.

Since the SX-PCEAX has a standard M.2 form factor, it can be used to add wifi connectivity to any Jetson platform including the Orin series with an M.2 card slot. Silex is working with E-Con Systems and VVDN in the Nvidia partner ecosystem to provide wifi connectivity for Nvidia customers.

Silex Technology builds on more than 40 years of hardware and software connectivity know-how and IP, custom design development experience, and in-house manufacturing capabilities.