60 Series SOM with WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.1

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Our Most Secure Wireless Sub-System EVER

Laird Connectivity’s 60 Series SOM brings all of Laird Connectivity’s industry competence and capabilities into one solution. The SOM provides:

  • Superior enterprise-class Wi-Fi performance
  • Onboard cryptographic engine
  • Chain of Trust Architecture with layers of security to mitigate attacks.
  • CVE checking and penetration testing
  • Reduced time-to-market
  • Fully featured development kit for designing with the full suite before integrating with your device.

The 60 SOM is the ideal system on module for devices that require superior connectivity. Combining the Sterling 60 series module and Summit Software Stack, the SOM provides superior wireless connectivity in harsh RF environments. It also supports dual-Ethernet and CAN bus for wired connectivity. The 30mm x 30mm form factor and variety of interfaces allow the 60 Series SOM to be used as a wireless bridge, main processing unit, or IoT gateway.

Supports the latest WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise, and WPA3-Enterprise SuiteB 192-bit security standards.

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Chipset (MPU)
1x Cortex®-A5 Applications Processor @ 536 MHz
Wireless Specification
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 5.1
Chipset (Wireless)
NXP 88W8997
30 x 30 x 2.8 mm
Antenna Options
2x U.FL Connector
BLE Dual or Single
WEP (RC4), TKIP (RC4), AES (Rijndael), Encryption Key Provisioning, Static, PSK
Logical Interfaces
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual-Ethernet, CAN bus, USB, UART, SPI, SD, I2C, GPIO
1 Gb LPDDR1 RAM and 2 Gb NAND Flash/2 Gb LPDDR1 RAM and 4 Gb NAND flash
Operating Systems Supported
Summit Linux
Operating Temp (Max) (°C)
Operating Temp (Min) (°C)
WEP, WPA, WPA2-Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise, and WPA3-Enterprise SuiteB 192-bit
Spatial Streams
5 g (.0011 lbs)
Part NumberAntenna TypeChipset (Wireless)DescriptionFrequency Range (Max)Frequency Range (Min)Frequency Range 2 (Max)Frequency Range 2 (Min)Logical InterfacesOS/SoftwareProduct TypeSystem ArchitectureTechnology
60 SoM Render - Upright Front
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External NXP 88W8997 60 Series SOM using 1 Gb LPDDR1 RAM and 2 Gb NAND flash 2495 MHz2400 MHz5825 MHz5150 MHzEthernet, Serial, USB, Micro SD, CAN, I2C Laird Linux Embedded Module, SOM Hostless 802.11abgn, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Mode (Classic + BLE)
60 SOM Development Kit
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External NXP 88W8997 Development Board for 60 Series SOM - 1GB RAM / 2GB Flash 2495 MHz2400 MHz5825 MHz5150 MHzEthernet, Serial, USB, Micro SD, CAN, I2C Laird Linux SOM, Development Kit Hostless 802.11abgn, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Mode (Classic + BLE)
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External NXP 88W8997 LCD Touchscreen for the 60 Series SOM Development Board (add-on) 2495 MHz2400 MHz5825 MHz5150 MHzEthernet, Serial, USB, Micro SD, CAN, I2C Laird Linux SOM, Accessory Hostless 802.11abgn, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Mode (Classic + BLE)
60 SOM Development Kit
External NXP 88W8997 Development Board for 60 Series SOM - 2GB RAM / 4GB Flash 2495 MHz2400 MHz5825 MHz5150 MHzEthernet, Serial, USB, Micro SD, CAN, I2C Laird Linux Embedded Module, SOM Hostless 802.11abgn, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Mode (Classic + BLE)


Name Part Type Last Updated
Product Brief - 60 Series SOM All Product Brief 05/02/2022
Datasheet - 60 Series SOM All Datasheet 05/17/2022
Online Guide - 60 Series SOM All Documentation 06/04/2019
Application Note - Guidelines for Replacing Antennas v1.0 All Application Note 01/17/2019
AS/NZS Certifications SU60 SOMC All Certification 10/06/2020
EU Certifications - SU60-SOMC All Certification 12/01/2022
FCC Certifications SU60 SOMC All Certification 10/28/2020
ISED (Canada) Certifications SU60 SOMC All Certification 10/06/2020
Japan Certifications SU60 SOMC All Certification 02/25/2019
Korea Certifications SU60 SOMC All Certification 02/25/2019
RoHS 3 Compliance - Wi-Fi Products All Certification 02/16/2022
Regulatory Information - 60-SOM All Certification 04/28/2022
3D Model - 60 Series SOM All Technical Drawings 02/19/2021
Release Packages - 60 Series SOM All Software 03/09/2021
ISED ICES-003 Issue 7 Declaration of Compliance All Certification 05/18/2021
Schematic - DVK-SU60-SOMC All Technical Drawings 06/03/2021
Schematic - DVK-SU60-SOMC with LCD All Technical Drawings 06/03/2021
SU60-SOMC PCB footprint (DXF and Altium format) All Technical Drawings 12/23/2021
SU60-SOMC SCH symbol (Altium format) All Technical Drawings 12/23/2021
PCN 10E-2021 - SOM60 All Documentation 11/30/2021
EOL Notice - 60 Series SOM - 453-00003 All Documentation 01/30/2023

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Is there a Laird Connectivity Wifi module that supports 4ADDR mode and layer2 bridging?

Yes, Laird´s 60-radios support 4-addr mode and layer-2 bridging with Lairds specialized SUMMIT Wifi stack.

This functionality requires the use of software version (Gihub) or newer and Lairds Summit Software stack for the 60-series modules: /wireless-modules/wifi-modules-bluetooth/summit-software-stack-60-series

This is supported on all 60-radios including SU60-SIPT, SU60-2230-C, SOM60 and SOM8M+.

You can also reference this tutorial: https://lairdcp.github.io/guides/Sterling-60-Tutorials/1.0/4addr-mode.html

Does ST60 support LE coded?

No, LE coded is not supported in ST60.

What is the Frequency Error benchmark in ST60 ?

Follow IEEE spec as below:

The transmitter center frequency tolerance shall be ± 20 ppm maximum for the 5 GHz band and ± 25 ppm maximum for the 2.4 GHz band. The different transmit chain center frequencies (LO) and each transmit chain symbol clock frequency shall all be derived from the same reference oscillator.

What is the EVM (Error vector magnitude) benchmark in ST60?

Follow IEEE spec as below:


Coding rate

Relative constellation error (dB)































How can I easily write my own Laird Linux image to my blank 60SOM?

The internal memory of the 60SOM (and also the 60SOM DVK of course) can be flashed by the means of the program "fw_update" available in Laird Linux generic image downloadable from Laird.

There is no need to use a tftp server from U-boot.

A prerequisite of course is that the SDcard interface of the 60SOM is brought out and console access is available as is on the 60SOM DVK.

This is the process:

  • Boot with generic 60SOM image from Laird from SDcard
  • Issue “fw_update -m complete <url or path to .swu file>”
  • Remove SDcard
  • Reboot

<url or path to .swu file> can be on a USB stick, a network location, the SDcard itself, etc.

The .swu file will have been generated after succesfully bulding an image for the 60SOM for example in folder:

Note: this is just an example. Your full path will very likely be different.

How can I manipulate the power saving settings for Wifi in my Linux environment?

Wifi adapters by default often come up in a power save mode. That is a mode in which the adapter shuts off the network connection in a state of inactivity.

While this is a good way to achieve additional power savings it of course introduces a delay for re-connecting.

To set the mode on or off:

iw wlan0 set power_save on
iw wlan0 set power_save off

To query the current setting issue:

iw wlan0 get power_save

Some systems might require "sudo" in front of the commands to be exectuted.

How to determine the reg domain and country code that are currently set in the 60-series module?

When you issue the following command on an embedded Linux system with mounted debugfs and correctly integrated 60-series radio, you, for example get the below information:

# cat /sys/class/ieee80211/phyX/device/lrd/info

Driver name : lrdmwl
Chip type   : 88W8997-SDIO
HW  version : 7
FW  version :
DRV version :
OTP version : 1
OTP num mac : 3
Radio Type  : SU
MAC address : c0:ee:40:50:2a:70
Region code : 0x10 (0x10)
Country code: 'US' ('US')
TX antenna  : 2
RX antenna  : 2

The country/region code on the left is the current code that is used by the system at that moment, whereas the one in parentheses is what is currently in OTP.

The only time they might not match is when using Advanced World Mode (AWM).

The used region codes are:

0x00: WW (World Wide)
0x10: FCC
0x20: IC
0x30: ETSI
0x31: KCC
0x32: AU
0x40: JP
0x50: CN

"phyX" in above command will have to be replaced with the actual phy your module is known to your system. e.g. phy0, phy1, phy2, phy3,...

One important thing to make sure before sending in your device to Laird for country, regulatory or antenna testing.

When you have an agreement with Laird to send in your device for testing of anything around your radio you need to make sure your radio can be set to all necessary test modes.

In order to do that please contact the Laird FAE already known to you or write to Laird at "support@lairdconnect.com" to get in contact with us.

Your FAE will be able to help you determine if your device is fit for testing.

How best to flash the NAND memory on the 60-som on the 60-som DVK?

After booting the latest standard 60-som image from SDcard you can use "fw_update" to write the swu file to the 60-soms NAND memory.


fw_update -m complete <path to swu-file>

<path to swu file> can be to a USB drive, a networl location, a swu-file on the SDcard, etc.

E.g. with a USB Stick mounted at /media and the som60.swu file present on the USB stick top directory:

fw_update -m complete /media/som60.swu

Why are not all my 5GHz channels on my 60-series module "no IR" when having regulatory domain at WW?

When setting the 60 module to WorldWide mode all 5GHz channels are set to "no IR" - no Initiate Radio by default.
However when there are APs present that beacon on the 60s WW channles the "no IR" flag will be removed and does not show anymore when probing the module with "iw phy<X> info".

For example:
                       * 5260 MHz [52] (20.0 dBm) (no IR, radar detection)
                       * 5260 MHz [52] (20.0 dBm) (radar detection)

How often can the OTP that stores the regulatory domain in the 60-series Wifi modules be written to?

Calculations show that the OTP in the 60-series can be written to well more than 100 times.

That is in contradiction with some apps notes that still state a value of 10 times. That luckily is not true. You can savely consider a number 100 times during your development work.

However, as the term OTP (One-Time-Programmable) memory suggests it will fill up one by one with every change of the regualtory domain and will eventually be full. It will then be stuck with the last regualtory doamin that it has been changed to.
So, it is advised to not change the regulatory as part of your design as the OTP will top up eventually.

Can country codes (CC) be used to set regulatory domains with the LMU tool?

The LMU tool offers the possibilty to set the regualtory domain the 60 module is going to be used in at the command line in an OTP memory.

This can be done by selecting the respective regualtory domain (e.g. ETSI, FCC, etc.) as well as by selecting the country code of the desired country (e.g. US, NZ, DK, FR, DE)

A comprehnsive list of available options is shown when exectung the LMU tool by simply typing "lmu" <enter>.

Can there be multiple Access Points created on the same Laird Connectivity radio?

Yes, actually up to three APs with different SSIDs are possible to be created on the very same 60-radio.
The 60-radio is required because it supports up to three MAC addresses.

Each AP will have to be created on the very same channel as there is only one singel radio in the 60 module.

Of course since this must all be on the same channel in the same band heavy constraints with throughput and bandwidth have to be taken in account.

How do I disable the changing of the MAC address after each reboot for the IG60 and 60-SOM DVK running off an SD card with Laird Linux

You need to boot into Linux and after Login log in issue the command

fw_setenv ethaddr <desired MAC address> 

for example:

fw_setenv ethaddr AABBCCDDEEFF

and reboot

You can read out the address previously set with:

fw_printenv ethaddr

How will Laird handle the FRAG attack announced by Wi-Fi Alliance in 2021 May?

Please refer this blog as below. Laird are currently investigating these issues internally and investigating with the chipset vendors and our internal QA team to establish test scenarios to evaluate the impacted devices.


How do I find out which clients are connected to the soft AP I created using my Laird Wifi module with Linux

Once you have created the soft AP on your Linux system and have successfully connected clients to the soft AP you can issue the command

# iw wlan0 station dump

to get a list of connected clients.

Note: the interface name (here: wlan0) might be different in your system.

How do I set up an open hotspot using Network Manager?

You can use the Network Manager command line interface to create an open hotspot using this command:

nmcli con add con-name open_hotspot ifname wlan0 type wifi ssid yourSSID mode ap wifi.band bg wifi.channel 6 ipv4.method shared


What is the MCS index for Wi-Fi?

MCS stands for Modulation Coding Scheme and is an industry metric index based on Wi-Fi connection parameters between a client and wireless access point. These parameters include modulation type, coding rate, spatial streams, channel width, and guard interval.

What is Laird Connectivity's product lifecycle EOL and PCN policy?

Laird Connectivity is committed to the long-term supply of all its standard embedded wireless modules and packaged products. Laird Connectivity’s products are specifically designed to meet the needs of the industrial and medical markets, which typically require 7 – 10 years product lifecycle. Although Laird Connectivity can’t guarantee that a component used in our products will not be obsoleted and cannot be reasonably substituted, Laird Connectivity can assure customers we will continue to sell our product when we have customer demand and can obtain the necessary components to build our products.

View our full policy here. 

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