Digi, FreeWave, Aaeon and Telit complete February with edge hardware news

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February is a short month, which only means edge hardware vendors have to squeeze in more developments.

Pushing ConnectCore 8M Nano at Embedded World

Digi International says it will spotlight its ConnectCore 8M Nano system-on-module development kit at Embedded World 2020 in Germany this February 25-27. The company also will highlight its XBee ecosystem of wireless networking modules, software, tools and services.

The ConnectCore 8M Nano development kit simplifies embedded product development and enables manufacturers to hit the market quicker. The Nano features pre-certified wireless connectivity, an integrated device security framework, remote management, cloud integration and a complete Linus software platform based on the Yocto Project.

FreeWave increases its global presence and revenue

Working in industrial edge computing and long-range industrial wireless connectivity has been good for FreeWave Technologies. Revenue in 2019 grew more than 10% over 2018, with international sales growth up 50% over 2018.

Executives attributed the numbers to gains they have made in smart agriculture, unmanned aerial vehicles, oil and gas production, and municipal water/wastewater segments. They hope to ride the increasing demand for edge-cloud and virtualized-edge platforms in industrial IoT environments.

FreeWave has been shifting its strategy away from industrial-edge connectivity and toward integrated edge connectivity and computing plays, and executives say that it has been paying off.

Aaeon pushed out a compact board built for the edge

Embedded AI-enabled edge component maker Aaeon has announced its PICO-WHU4 compact board, designed for embedded artificial intelligence and edge computing. The PICO-WHU4 borrows its form factor from the PICO-ITX, and runs on eighth generation Intel Core and Celeron processors. It supports up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

PICO-WHU4: Compact Board Built for the Edge
(PICO-WHU4: Compact Board Built for the Edge)

The board is capable of crunching through some artificial intelligence and edge computing applications. And it has an I/O configuration designed to integrate with many embedded systems. The company has not made public prices for the hardware.

Telit has won global certification for its gigabit LTE card

Its LM960A18 PCI Express Mini card, or mPCIe, has been certified by the major global mobile network operators.

Company executives claim that, after two years on the market, the 4.5G data card is still the only 1-Gbps-class LTE mPCIe module in the industry. The new announcement means that it can be deployed globally.

Telit’s card supports a wide range of frequency bands, and delivers 5G-like high-speed data rates via Advanced LTE. It has a cellular connection for networked appliances, creates a seamless 5G path to Telit’s FN980m 5G Sub-6 and mmWave data card.

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