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u-blox AG: u-blox announces tri-radio module supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and ZigBee)
U-blox announces tri-radio module supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and ZigBee)
The Maya-W2 is one of the first host-based modules to extend the benefits of highly efficient Wi-Fi 6 to industrial applications.
Thalwil, Switzerland May 12, 2022 U-BLOX (SIX: UBXN, OTC: UBLXF), a leading global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, has announced the u-blox Maya-W2 tri-radio module. Supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee) on a compact form factor, the module supports Wi-Fi 6 for industrial and consumer mass-market applications in industrial automation technology brings. , Smart Building and Energy Management, Healthcare, Smart Home and many other applications.
Maya-W2 futureproof application with an advanced set of connectivity features. Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, provides better network efficiency, especially in congested areas, with lower latency and better range than previous generation Wi-Fi standards. Thread paves the way for the low power, IP-based mesh networks commonly used in home automation.
Additionally, the dual-mode Bluetooth module supports both Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth LE, including Bluetooth LE audio. New audio functionalities allow devices to simultaneously broadcast multiple different audio streams, simultaneously receive multiple audio streams, and broadcast audio streams to multiple users.
A Fast Track to the Market
Maya-W2 is designed to give developers a fast track to market. All necessary Linux, Android and FreeRTOS software drivers are available as open source. The FreeRTOS software drivers are pre-integrated into the MCUXpresso Software Development Kit (SDK), while the Android and Linux software drivers are pre-integrated into the Board Support Package (BSP) for the NXP I.MX application processor. This reduces design efforts, simplifies software integration and testing.
Footprint compatibility with the Maya-W1 Wi-Fi 4 module has facilitated the development of multiple product lines that meet use-case-specific performance requirements. Plus, it provides a seamless migration path for Wi-Fi 4 devices to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 technology.
The Maya-W2 is available as a professional-grade module that is qualified for operation
-40 C to 85 C. Available in four variants with three antenna options, which include antenna pins, U.F.L connectors, or a PCB antenna, the Tri-Radio module can be easily designed into any type of IoT device.
Product developers can easily evaluate hardware using dedicated Evaluation Kits (EVKs) as well as M.2 cards that seamlessly connect to the host platform, including the latest range of NXP IMX development boards.
NXPs recently announced that the IW612 is the industry’s first tri-radio device to enable seamless, secure connectivity for smart home and industrial use cases, and ideal for addressing a variety of ecosystems, including the new Matter protocol subtly suited. As an NXP Gold partner, u-Blox is one of the first companies to leverage this innovative solution for its new Maya-W2 module, which will help accelerate the development of high-performance, commercial end-products, Those who need strong, secure and reliable. Connectivity, says Tom Eichenberg, Senior Director of Marketing Connectivity at NXP® Semiconductors.
Targeting a huge application space
The Maya-W2 is one of the first industrial-grade Wi-Fi modules to offer advanced Wi-Fi 6 technology for a wide range of IoT applications. Common use cases include solar inverters and EV charging infrastructure, as well as wireless hubs and gateways used in healthcare, smart buildings, smart homes (including matter) and smart factories. Other potential use cases include professional equipment, asset and fleet management, and retail solutions.
Additionally, the introduction of Bluetooth LE Audio paves the way for further use cases such as hearing aids that take advantage of its new audio streaming capabilities.
Working with customers, we saw a clear need for the secure and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity that Wi-Fi 4 can provide. The Maya-W2 offering has been greatly improved
Wi-Fi performance, especially when it comes to handling crowded networks, also supports Bluetooth LE 5.2 and Thread. This tri-radio functionality makes it ideal for gateways and bridges in low-power IoT and mesh networks, says Sebastian Schreiber, Product Manager, U-blox.
Samples of the Maya-W2 module and its evaluation kit will be available upon request starting from June 2022.
U-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in positioning and wireless communications in the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products allow people, vehicles and machines to determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a comprehensive portfolio of chips, modules, and secure data services and connectivity, U-blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things quickly and cost-effectively. Is. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the United States. (www.u-blox.com) Find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube
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