Dual band BLE solution delivers 1.2 Gbps performance

9th October 2020
Mick Elliott

NXP Semiconductors has introduced 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Dual Band + Bluetooth/BLE solutions to drive a new phase of connectivity innovation for advanced gaming, audio, industrial and IoT markets.

Enabling the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 enabled gaming console, NXP’s optimised IW62X family of products will provide increased capacity, efficiency and performance for next-generation connectivity solutions including smart consumer IoT hubs, wireless speakers, video-enabled smart devices, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) devices and a universe of additional IoT applications.

The new 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 solutions are ideal for advanced gaming consoles that demand high-performance Wi-Fi with near zero wireless controller lag time and low-latency multiplayer gaming experiences (via a single, in-room console) over wireless networks.

The solutions also offer real-time interactions for cloud-based gaming devices, clients and services by providing high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity needed for full 4k / 60 fps gameplay.

“Today we’re delivering the industry’s leading 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions, enabling both the gaming industry and one of its most prominent console makers with Wi-Fi 6 for the first time,” said Rafael Sotomayor, Executive Vice President of Connectivity and Security at NXP. “This product announcement reinforces NXP’s position at the cutting edge of connectivity and our ability to enable advanced wireless capabilities for the future of gaming plus the exponential growth in Wi-Fi 6 access points and IoT devices tethered to a single gateway. Our IW62X family of integrated Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth solutions brings a step-change in high performance and power efficient solutions for the latest-generation of smart home IoT services, connected industrial applications and the vast number of consumer devices that rely on power-efficient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to maximise the user experience.” NXP’s family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions deliver a boost in speed, and a 4x increase in network capacity and a 2x increase in bandwidth over previous generations of Wi-Fi.

This increased capacity with reduced latency supports a significantly higher number of users and devices connected to a network or gateway.

These features support a wide range of robust use cases, including:

  • AR/VR headsets, making full, completely wireless immersive experiences in HD possible.
  • Multi-channel home theatre audio experiences with wireless speakers, video-enabled smart assistants with full bandwidth to support seamless 4k video interaction and content streaming.
  • Smart IoT hubs, appliances and accessories, outdoor and remote IP-enabled security cameras.
  • Consumer, commercial, and industrial IoT solutions for home and building control (smart lighting, building safety and security and climate control).

The BT/BLE radios support Bluetooth/BLE standards (BLE LR/2Mbps, BLE AoA/AoD, BLE Mesh), independent Bluetooth connections and operational modes with multiple external devices.

These capabilities enable advanced smart hub and smart home services that use Bluetooth-based positioning and Mesh connectivity, providing support for numerous applications, including:

  • Dual/independent wireless headset support.
  • Robust support of audio steaming (via stereo A2DP, Isochronous Channel).
  • Separate low-power peripheral / accessory control, including speaker, voice assistant, audio hubs/soundbar, physical remote control and low-power device wakeup.

Integrated into the IW62X family are 2.4 and 5 GHz dual band Power Amplifiers (PAs), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) antenna switches.

Also included is a power management unit that substantially reduces system-level BOM (Bill of Materials) and device board area. while also simplifying chip-on-board and integrated-module designs.

NXP’s IW62X family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions are available for sampling now and soon from select module partners.

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