Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

NXP expands Wifi 6 portfolio for IoT use

Steve Rogerson
April 8, 2020

Dutch electronics company NXP Semiconductors has announced a Wifi 6 (802.11ax) portfolio, which expands the number of products and markets able to adopt the latest wifi standards, including IoT, automotive, access, mobile and industrial.
Wifi 6 delivers connectivity improvements, including symmetric multi-gigabit uploads and downloads, lower latency, increased capacity, and improved power efficiency across applications. These technical advancements have so far been limited to premium products.
With NXP’s portfolio, these benefits are available for large-scale deployment across multiple markets, enabling products with advanced wifi capabilities, including up to four times performance improvement, greater range, improved battery life and better connection reliability.
“To deliver Wifi 6 to broader markets, OEMs need Wifi 6 options that scale to their needs,” said Rafael Sotomayor, senior vice president at NXP. “They need a family of products that matches the performance and cost needs of their different market segments. With NXP’s latest connectivity, we are making it easier for our customers to invest in our Wifi 6 platform to add Wifi 6 to smart homes, connected cars and industrial machinery. We are excited to see these markets reap the networking benefit of Wifi 6.”
Highlights include 4x4 and 8x8-stream products with integrated Bluetooth 5 for home and enterprise access (88W9064 and 88W9068). Concurrent dual wifi 2x2 plus 2x2 plus Bluetooth 5 AEC-Q100 qualified products are purpose-built for infotainment and telematics automotive applications (88Q9098), and concurrent dual Wifi 2x2 plus 2x2 plus Bluetooth 5 products provide for multimedia streaming and consumer access applications (88W9098).
The IoT-focused 2x2 Wifi 6 plus Bluetooth 5 product is optimised for cost and power. And the RF front-end portfolio based on silicon germanium (SiGe) can scale Wifi 6 capabilities from low-to-high-end applications, including 1x1, 2x2, 4x4 and 8x8 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) and is packaged in a 3 by 4mm module optimised for mobile applications.
“To date, the adoption of Wifi 6 has predominantly been driven by smartphones,” said Andrew Zignani, principal analyst at ABI Research. “However, we expect significant traction to build within the IoT, infrastructure and automotive markets throughout 2020 and beyond. This growth will be further driven by power- and cost-optimised chipsets such as NXP’s latest offerings, which will increase the viability of wifi for these other applications and help open up all new opportunities for the technology.”