Silex Technology and Gateworks Corporation Introduce the First Wi-Fi 6 NXP-based Development Kit Designed for Deployment in Extreme Environments at Embedded World 2024

April 8, 2024

Silex Technology and Gateworks Corporation Introduce the First Wi-Fi 6 NXP-based Development Kit Designed for Deployment in Extreme Environments at Embedded World 2024

Silex Technology, a global leader in wireless networking solutions, and Gateworks Corporation, a provider of industrial-embedded computing solutions are proud to announce their collaboration on a development kit aimed at advancing Wi-Fi 6 technology in industrial environments. Attendees of Embedded World 2024 will have the opportunity to be first in line to order and start developing. 

The Wi-Fi 6 Development Kit, a collaborative effort between Silex Technology and Gateworks Corporation, is engineered to facilitate the validation of the Silex SX-SDMAX based on the NXP® Semiconductors IW611 radio. SX-SDMAX is a 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi 6 plus Bluetooth® 5.3 BR/EDR/LE radio which allows customers to add low latency, high throughput and low power wireless connectivity using the latest 802.11ax standard. The kit features a Gateworks Venice GW7200 Industrial Single Board Computer (SBC), pre-loaded with an Ubuntu Linux BSP with validated Silex drivers for seamless out-of-the-box evaluation.

At the heart of the GW7200 SBC lies the NXP i.MX 8M Mini 64-bit ARM® 1.6GHz Quad Core applications processor. This powerful combination provides developers with the resources to explore and optimize Wi-Fi 6 functionalities in an industrial setting. The SBC includes up to 64GB of eMMC System Flash, up to 4GB of LPDDR4 DRAM, two full GbE Ethernet ports, and two Mini-PCIe expansion sockets to integrate additional wireless technologies such as 802.11AH HaLow or 5G Cellular.

From remote real-time monitoring to predictive maintenance, asset management, and enhanced logistics, this Wi-Fi 6 Development Kit represents a significant leap forward in Wi-Fi 6 technology tailored for industrial applications and offers unparalleled performance and reliability.

Key Features of the GW Development Kit Include:

  • Pre-loaded Linux radio drivers for SX-SDMAX radio
  • Venice GW7200  Single Board Computer
  • JTAG adapter for programming and serial console access
  • AC/DC power supply
  • Mini-PCIe half-card adapter
  • Additional accessory cables

Commenting on the collaboration, Keith Sugawara, President and CEO of Silex Technology stated, “We are excited to join forces with Gateworks Corporation to deliver this cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6 development kit. By leveraging our expertise in wireless networking solutions alongside Gateworks’ robust computing platforms and NXP’s advanced SoCs, we aim to empower developers to unlock the full potential of Wi-Fi 6 technology.”

Vice President and General Manager for Wireless Connectivity Solutions at NXP Semiconductors, Larry Olivas, comments “Collaborating with Silex Technology and Gateworks Corporation highlights our commitment to advancing wireless connectivity solutions for industrial environments. The integration of our NXP IW611 radio with Silex’s innovative technology and Gateworks’ robust platform offers developers a comprehensive solution to accelerate the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 in industrial applications.”

Gordon Edmonds, CEO of Gateworks Corporation, added, “Our Venice GW7200 SBC provides a solid foundation for this development kit, offering a versatile platform for testing and validation. Combined with the advanced features of Silex’s Wi-Fi 6 radios and the performance of NXP’s i.MX8M Mini SoC, developers can expect a comprehensive solution accelerating their Wi-Fi 6 development efforts.”

This collaborative effort emphasizes the commitment of Silex Technology and Gateworks Corporation to driving innovation in industrial wireless networking technologies. The Wi-Fi 6 Development Kit is a testament to their collective vision of enabling seamless connectivity solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. 

Development Kit Part Number: GW11048-5-A  *radios and antennas sold separately  

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About Silex Technology:

Silex Technology is a global leader in providing reliable and secure wireless connectivity solutions, backed by decades of Wi-Fi connectivity experience, subject-expert engineers and unrivaled customer support capabilities. We strive to deliver the best customer experience through innovation and providing “Absolutely Must Connect” wireless network solutions for medical and industrial customers. Silex offers a single-vendor solution from design to manufacturing, as well as flexible customization services to help device manufacturers and system providers achieve an always-on experience in the most demanding environments. For more information, visit

About Gateworks Corporation:

Gateworks is a global leader in single-board computers for wireless and network applications. They design and manufacture high-performance ARM® industrial single board computers (SBCs) and wireless options for rugged embedded applications. Gateworks’ state-of-the-art SMT facility is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. It exceeds the highest standards of quality, reliability, and performance, including an AS9001/ISO9100 certified quality management system. With a focus on ruggedness and innovation, all Gateworks’ products are engineered to meet the demanding requirements of industrial applications. 

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