Laird's new Sterling 60 Series of Professional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules is now available. Powered by Marvell's state-of-the-art 88W8997 chipset, Laird's Sterling 60 modules achieve the best possible connectivity and performance in any RF environment. The 60 Series builds on the security and robustness inherited from Laird’s vast experience in wireless communications, meaning ultra-high data rates, improved performance, and the most reliable wireless in crucial applications such as medical and industrial. The Sterling 60 series of modules is the first Laird solution to feature dual-band 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi with 2x2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input Multiple Output) and Bluetooth 5 capabilities.
The Sterling 60 is the first of two classes of modules in Laird’s new 60 Series family, giving developers unmatched flexibility in wireless design. Based on the latest, leading-edge silicon, Marvell’s 88W8997 chipset, the Sterling 60 introduces 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO and Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity (Bluetooth 5 SIG certified Q4) on one low-power module, delivering future-ready cutting-edge technology for next-gen devices and applications.
A key advantage of MU-MIMO is that it improves network efficiency and the overall Wi-Fi experience. For example, in hospitals there is an increasing number of wirelessly networked medical devices. This tremendous number of devices in a highly dense and challenging RF environment are dependent on Wi-Fi and are pushing networks to the limit. Enabling MU-MIMO in these areas means that APs can send data to multiple devices simultaneously. Instead of sharing bandwidth, devices can have their own data stream, which dramatically improves network efficiency and spectrum usage and enhances the performance for all devices on the network.
The Sterling 60 is available in a SiP and M.2 module version and is compatible with the FlexPIFA and mFlexPIFA antennas. Modules and development kits are now available. Contact a Laird sales representative or visit one of our distributor partners today.
Learn more about the Sterling 60 modules and access documentation, here.
Read the full press release, here.