Something New from Laird Connectivity and Infineon

Published on December 20, 2021

Something New from Laird Connectivity and Infineon

Better Together: Laird Connectivity and Infineon

In early November, Infineon shared in the announcement of ModusToolboxTM 2.4, a software toolbox suite designed to make development easier than ever. New features and improvements in v2.4, as described by Infineon, include:

  • Integration with Infineon Designer to enable SPICE-based simulation of XMC™ applications
  • Support for Serial Flash Discoverable Parameters (SFDP) to make external flash programming easier when bringing up a new board for the first time
  • Addition of categories such as “Wi-Fi” and “Machine Learning” in Project Creator to help you find the right starting point for your application

In the same announcement, Infineon called out Laird Connectivity’s new Sterling LWB5+ module, a CYW4373E-based industrial IoT module with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2. It’s now integrated into Infineon’s Wi-Fi Host Driver (WHC) and supported by Infineon’s CY8CEVAL-062S2 evaluation kit, giving customers a new path to prototype Wi-Fi in industrial IoT applications. The Sterling-LWB5+ represents the result of many, many direct conversations with our customers, delivering on their many needs: rugged, small, simplifies the BOM, globally certified, easy to integrate and with reliable connectivity.

This module also represents the depth of our partnership with Infineon, and our place in their partner ecosystem that dramatically accelerates development for Infineon’s customer base. There are many reasons for a module manufacturer like Laird Connectivity to forge this kind of partnership, but the biggest win is for the customer. Where module makers and silicon providers work together, the result is a powerful, comprehensive design platform that can cut design cycles in half, save money in testing and certification, or provide reference designs and demo software that make complicated applications trivial to develop.

In this post, we want to explore a few of the ways that our partnership with Infineon helped us generate the customer-requested industrial IoT module of today, including our direct work to ensure hardware compatibility, desired performance, regulatory compliance, and the right configuration for Infineon’s customers.

What We Do: Delivering on the Details

The CYW4373E module in our Sterling-LWB5+ is a part of Infineon’s AIROC™ Wi-Fi / Bluetooth combo chips, and our Sterling-LWB5+’s integration with the Infineon EVK is a case study in delivering incredible value and direct access to the best features of the chipset.

Our partnership with Infineon and close work between our engineering teams enabled Laird Connectivity to provide a highly integrated, robust and high-performance solution for their PSoC 6 EVK platform. That work includes the following:

  • Hardware compatibility with the PSoC 6 EVK: Our teams collaborated to make sure the Sterling-LWB5+ was hardware-compatible with the EVK, so that customers have a verified working module solution ready for manufacture after evaluation.
  • Antenna integration: The Sterling-LWB5+ module required a high-performance antenna to match, to provide the desired radiative performance from the EVK. By working together Laird Connectivity was able to provide a precertified antenna to operate at the highest level of performance with the LWB5+ radio and PSoC6 MCU.
  • Custom firmware for regulatory compliance: Our firmware engineering team provided custom firmware that will allow PSoC6 customers to take their software and hardware platforms through development knowing that the radio hardware has already completed intentional radiation testing for North America and Canada, Europe and Japan.

Results: Making Development Better, Easier, and Fully Featured

Laird Connectivity and Infineon working together provides a clear, linear path from development through to production. The Sterling-LWB5+ answers the call for next-gen wireless IoT, purpose-built for IIoT connectivity through a secure, reliable, and robust feature set. It’s IoT from the start: fully certified, easy to integrate, and is the fastest route to the market for IoT.

Now, with Infineon’s CY8CEVAL-062S2 evaluation platform, customers have the best and most complete software development toolkit to develop with the Sterling-LWB5+. Laird Connectivity and Infineon provide the complete solution: best in class hardware with ModusToolbox’s full suite of tools, project templates, and more.

To learn more, visit our Sterling-LWB5+ page, and Infineon’s page on the CY8CEVAL-062S2 evaluation kit.

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