u-blox introduces the most secure Wi-Fi modules for industrial markets
Compact, ready‑to‑use NINA‑W1 Wi‑Fi modules support secure boot and latest security standards
Thalwil, Switzerland – March 14, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced two new Wi‑Fi modules for industrial markets. NINA‑W131 and NINA‑W132 are ultra low power Wi‑Fi modules supporting 802.11 b/g/n in the 2.4GHz ISM band. They are the first two variants of the new NINA‑W1 module series. Developed with security and quick time‑to‑market in mind, the NINA‑W1 stand‑alone modules make Wi‑Fi integration easy. Their secure design makes them ideal for Wi‑Fi applications including telematics, low power sensors, connected buildings (appliances, surveillance etc.), point‑of‑sales, and health devices.
"A major challenge in today’s IoT applications is security," noted Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox. "With NINA‑W131 and NINA‑W132, we are giving product developers ready‑to‑use modules with extra security focus, antenna options, pre‑flashed connectivity software and a range of country certifications; all to efficiently integrate Wi‑Fi connectivity into IoT devices."
The NINA‑W1 modules provide top grade security, thanks to secure boot, which ensures the module only boots up with original u‑blox software. In addition, they will provide end‑to‑end security on the wireless link with the latest 802.11i (WPA2) standard and enterprise security to provide a secure connection to the infrastructure.
Device design is simplified as developers can choose to either use an external antenna (NINA‑W131) or take advantage of the internal antenna (NINA‑W132). Furthermore, the NINA‑W1 modules are pin compatible with the NINA‑B1 Bluetooth low energy modules, thus offering maximum flexibility for devices that are to offer multiple radio technologies. As with all u‑blox short range radio modules, the NINA‑W1 modules will be globally certified.
NINA‑W131 and NINA‑W132 are the first Wi‑Fi modules in the NINA‑W1 module series. The NINA‑W1 series will be expanded to include variants with Open CPU, Bluetooth connectivity, and additional hardware interfaces (RMII, CAN, SDIO, etc.).
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
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Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio, u‑blox
Tel. +46 40 630 71 03