AIROC WiFi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo family for IoT

10th March 2021
Alex Lynn

Infineon Technologies has announced that it is expanding its wireless portfolio of high-performance, reliable and secure offerings. The newly developed AIROC brand now includes the industry’s first 1x1 WiFi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo SoC for the IoT, enterprise and industrial applications, and its first 2x2 WiFi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo SoC for multimedia, consumer and automotive applications.

The WiFi 6/6E combo solutions operate in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and the new, greenfield 6 GHz spectrum to deliver robust performance and minimal latency. This makes them ideal for high-quality video and audio streaming applications like gaming consoles, AR/VR, smart speakers, media-streaming devices and automotive Infotainment. Applications that require an instant response – like security systems and industrial automation – will also benefit from Infineon’s new products.

Infineon’s AIROC WiFi 6/6E-certified solutions go above and beyond the standard requirements to elevate user experience with advanced wireless technology and architectural innovations that result in:

  • Double the wireless coverage range compared to Wifi 5 and WiFi 4.
  • Forty percent more coverage than typical WiFi 6/6E solutions.
  • Improved connection robustness with enhanced interference mitigation.
  • Lower latency and better WiFi/BT Coexistence that improves multimedia streaming and gaming responsiveness in overlapping network environments.
  • Over 20% power savings, enabling longer battery life.
  • Multi-layer security protections with secured boot, firmware authentication and encryption, and lifecycle management, enabling a higher level of security for IoT applications.

“AIROC WiFi 6/6E combo solutions address the challenges of congested 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels, and bring extraordinary audio and video quality for media applications and robust, long-range connections for IoT applications,” said Vikram Gupta, Senior Vice President of Infineon’s IoT Compute and Wireless Business Unit.

Infineon's AIROC WiFi 6/6E solutions are also equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, enabling high-quality audio with LC3, and enabling new BLE audio use cases such as audio sharing and audio broadcast. The low-power Wake-on-Bluetooth LE mode allows the host CPU to conserve power while the Bluetooth core autonomously ‘listens’ for incoming connection requests.

Advanced wireless technology innovations have been added to improve BT/BLE range, robustness, latency and power savings above and beyond standard BT5.2. Infineon’s unique Smart Coex maximises WiFi throughput when used concurrently with Bluetooth, and optimises for demanding multi-media use cases.

Infineon’s module partners build WiFi 6/6E integrated solutions that allow for rapid development, reduced test costs, and product certification.

“Collaborating with Infineon allows us to leverage our combined expertise to develop innovative WiFi solutions which further build upon our market-leading position,” said Akira Sasaki, General Manager of Murata. “Our most recent collaboration is a WiFi 6/6E CYW5557x module that delivers advanced technology integration, superb network quality, and enables fast time-to-market. Further, it can be delivered through Murata’s extensive sales and distribution channel.”

“LG Innotek is excited to partner with Infineon on the new WiFi 6E communication module which carries the CYW89570 chip,” added Insoo Ryu, Vice President Automotive Components & Electronics Business Division, LG Innotek. “This module extends LGIT’s automotive/industrial product family into the next generation and brings the latest WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 standards to automotive platforms.”

For automotive applications, u-blox builds AECQ100 qualified and industrial modules with Infineon’s WiFi 6E combo solution. “At u-blox, we are excited to work with Infineon on the new CYW89570,” said Hakan Svegerud, Senior Director Product Strategy, u-blox. “Based on these solutions, we will extend our successful JODY module family with global automotive and industrial grade modules, providing cutting edge technologies including WiFi 6, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 to our customers.”

“nFore’s NF3327PQ Combo module has Infineon’s CYW89570 chipset inside. Infineon’s CYW89570 chipset is the perfect chipset for enabling WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 technologies for automotive customers,” said Yu Zongyuan, CEO of nFore Technology.

The AIROC WiFi 6 / 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo is currently sampling to select customers.

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