u-blox has announced two new ultra low power Wi-Fi modules. The NINA-W131 and NINA‑W132 support 802.11 b/g/n in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, for the industrial markets. They are the first two variants of the new NINA-W1 module series from u-blox. 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.
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. The 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. The NINA-W1 series will be expanded to include variants with Open CPU, Bluetooth connectivity, and additional hardware interfaces (RMII, CAN, SDIO, etc.).
NINA-W1 and a related demo is being shown at the u-blox booth in the new System.M2M area of Embedded World 2017, in Nuremberg, Germany, from 14-16 March 2017.