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Rockchip chooses Imagination's Ensigma iEW200 Wi-Fi

26th June 2020
Mick Elliott

Rockchip, a Chinese fabless semiconductor company, is using Imagination Technologies’ Ensigma iEW200 integrated RF and baseband low-power Wi-Fi IP in its next-generation ultra-low-power Wi-Fi IC, RK2206.

Rockchip’s RK2206 will be delivered to product application for low power Wi-Fi and battery-powered IoT devices.

The Chinese company selected Ensigma’s low-power Wi-Fi IP due to the ease of integrating Ensigma’s comprehensive IP with Rockchip’s own technology, enabling faster time to market.

The chip is available now in volume.

As Wi-Fi expands into new markets traditionally supplied by low-power connectivity such as Bluetooth Low Energy or IEEE 802.15.4, the power consumption of Wi-Fi becomes critical. The iEW200 is at the forefront of this trend, enabling high data-rate applications using low-power consumption.

Chen Feng, Senior Vice President, Rockchip, says; “iEW200’s performance enables new applications that are simply not possible with competing low-power technologies. From an application perspective, Wi-Fi’s transmission distance naturally enables building-level solutions, while competing technologies need more complex topologies, such as mesh. Using iEW200, Rockchip RK2206 will be more competitive in low-power Wi-Fi applications and meet diversified application demands.”

David Armour, Senior Director, Business Development, Imagination Technologies (pictured), responds: “The combination of performance and low-power consumption in our range of Wi-Fi IP solutions makes them the ideal for battery-powered IoT devices. We’re delighted to solve the complex problem of bringing Wi-Fi to the low-power IoT market through our collaboration with Rockchip.”

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