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Low power GNSS module designed for fitness devices

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.
13th February 2018

Bluetooth modules deliver in demanding IoT environments

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.
30th January 2018

Making Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) work for you

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 applications. Written by Simon Bliss, Customer Applications Support Engineer, Alpha Micro Components.
31st October 2017


The second coming of Sigfox

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.
11th October 2017

Bluetooth suits rapid enterprise IoT development

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.
24th January 2017

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.
4th October 2016

Future-proof IoT WiFi solution designed for Ethernet devices

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.
26th September 2016

Module supplies future proof IoT solution

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.
21st September 2016

IoT modules combine Bluetooth v4.0 and LoRa support

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.
24th August 2016

An IoT technology that supports the roll-out phase

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.
10th June 2016

Low energy evaluation boards speed up IoT designs

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.
4th May 2016

Minimising the time required to implement Bluetooth connectivity

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.  
14th April 2016

Wi-Fi modules meet wide range of IoT applications

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.
25th November 2015

Bluetooth wireless module suits IoT gateway applications

Bluetooth wireless module suits IoT gateway applications
The BL620 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless module from Laird is in stock at Alpha Micro. The module features enhanced firmware that provides Bluetooth Central mode connectivity. It makes the task of provisioning BLE connectivity to a host of compact battery powered devices very straightforward. These designs might only be powered by ‘AAA’ or coin-cell batteries so the extremely low power consumption profile of the BL620 makes it ideal for these applications.
8th September 2015

SoC wireless transceivers target Sigfox network

SoC wireless transceivers target Sigfox network
Two system-on-chip (SoC) wireless transceivers from AXSEM are for use with the Sigfox low power cellular network. Aimed at providing global cellular network connectivity for low bandwidth Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Sigfox network is being deployed across 60 countries in the next five years.
26th August 2015

WiFi, ISM solutions on parade at RF/Wireless Design Forum

Alpha Micro Components is preparing a wide range of products to show at Motiv8’s free RF & Wireless Design Forum (June 24). Included are the high performance, low power ISM RF SoCs from AXSEM, Cellular  and GNSS positioning receiver modules from u-blox, very low power embedded WiFi solutions from GainSpan and ISM solutions from LPRS.
28th May 2014

Alpha Micro adds Laird's Bluetooth modules

Growing demand for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices has prompted Alpha Micro Components to extend its product portfolio with the addition of Laird Technologies’new Bluetooth v4.0 Dual-Mode Modules.  The new series offer dual-mode, or Bluetooth Smart Ready support, enabling connections to devices that support BLE and Classic (pre-v4.0) Bluetooth.
21st October 2013

Alpha Micro launches TOBY-L1 for superfast 4G bandwidth-hungry M2M applications

Alpha Micro launches TOBY-L1 for superfast 4G bandwidth-hungry M2M applications
Alpha Micro customers keen to make their M2M applications 4G capable can now embrace the advantages of this 4th generation mobile phone technology using the new TOBY-L1 series of ultra-compact LTE modules from u-blox. Offering 4G download speeds 5-7 times faster than its 3G counterpart, the TOBY-L1 is ideally suited for high-speed bandwidth hungry M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, traffic management and security system applications.
3rd October 2013

Alpha Micro Announces Low Power Wireless Networking Module

Alpha Micro Announces Low Power Wireless Networking Module
New to the Alpha Micro M2M connectivity portfolio is the xPico Wi-Fi module, a compact, embedded wireless device server designed for easy and fast serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity. Heralded as one of the world’s smallest and easiest to use serial-to-Wi-Fi device servers, the xPico Wi-Fi device boasts a tiny footprint of 24mm x 16.5mm and is a pin and form factor compatible member of the xPico product family.
15th April 2013

Alpha Micro Announce GainSpan Dual-Band WiFi Modules

Alpha Micro has introduced the GainSpan dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi solution that utilizes both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz spectrum, enabling customers to access cleaner spectrum for applications requiring relatively interference-free bandwidth. The new GS1550M/MD family provides reliable wireless connections, particularly in challenging environments such as healthcare facilities and industrial applications.
13th February 2013


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