Something New from Laird Connectivity and Infineon

Mon, 12/20/2021 - 11:21

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.