Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Murata, Cypress and NXP collaborate on IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
March 12, 2019
Japanese electronics manufacturer Murata is collaborating with Cypress Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors to provide IoT developers with mix-and-match wireless connectivity and processing that shorten the time-to-market cycle.
The combined products pair Murata's wireless modules, based on Silicon Valley-based Cypress' wifi and Bluetooth combos, with a broad range of processors from the NXP i.MX series. They build on Murata's long-standing relationship with Cypress and NXP and the company's understanding of the hardware and software requirements needed to support i.MX customers designing products ranging from battery-powered IoT devices up to industrial equipment and subsystems for connected cars.
"IoT customers still face significant design challenges in getting their connected products to market,” said Toshifumi Oida, director of Murata’s communications module division. “This collaborative effort solves that challenge while enabling a broad range of new applications. Together with Cypress and NXP, we are providing out-of-box solutions with a wide range of i.MX processors and connectivity options to fit any IoT systems' application requirements."
The products give developers a range of scalable processing platforms including i.MX 6, i.MX 7 and i.MX 8 application processors and i.MX RT crossover processors. Devices have the flexibility of the easy-to-use M.2 connector. The wifi and Bluetooth connectivity includes 1x1 802.11bgn, 802.11abgn and 802.11ac up to 2x2 802.11ac, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support.
Murata worked closely with Cypress and Dutch firm NXP to ensure that each hardware platform and corresponding software is validated for a streamlined experience to shorten the design cycle. Users have direct access to the necessary software in NXP's Linux board support package and MCUXpresso SDK. The wifi evaluation kits will be available through NXP preferred partner Embedded Artists to support a diverse range of applications.
"To address the vast breadth of applications that make up the IoT, Cypress takes the approach of giving customers flexibility for processing options to pair with our wifi and Bluetooth combos,” said Michael Hogan, senior vice president at Cypress. “We are giving developers of the diverse range of products served by the i.MX processor family the ability to provide the robust connectivity user experience that people expect, while cutting time to market."
Martyn Humphries, vice president at NXP, added: "From our experience working with a vast customer base, we know a key pain point is wifi integration and certification. From a platform perspective, our collaboration with Murata and Cypress addresses this need, providing a simplified, system-level solution that is fully validated. Our partnership with Murata provides customers with a full range of wifi solutions with our i.MX evaluation kits for thousands of applications across industrial, automotive and IoT."