Cypress expands wireless connectivity portfolio for IoT

2nd June 2017
Lanna Cooper

Cypress Semiconductor has announced a wireless solution that delivers advanced coexistence combining 802.11AC high performance WiFi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for IoT applications.

The highly integrated Cypress CYW4373 solution incorporates a USB 2.0 hub that provides a common WLAN and Bluetooth interface. The combo solution is well suited for smart home products and network peripherals such as home appliances and printers.

WiFi networks powered by 802.11AC simultaneously deliver low latency and high speed with secure device authentication, making it the well suited wireless technology to connect directly to the cloud. Cypress’ 802.11AC solutions use high speed transmissions to enable IoT devices with faster downloads and better range, as well as lower power consumption by quickly exploiting deep sleep modes. The CYW4373 solution is supported in Cypress’ all-inclusive, turnkey, WICED Studio IoT development platform, which streamlines the integration of wireless technologies for developers. More information on Cypress’ WICED 802.11ac solutions is available here.

“A wide range of smart home and portable electronics applications are adding 802.11AC high-performance WiFi to connect to the cloud due to its ability to manage fast connections and provide cleaner air, while also supporting low power operation,” said Brian Bedrosian, Vice President of Marketing for the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. “Cypress’ 802.11AC combo solutions enable coexistence with Bluetooth in the crowded 2.4GHz band, providing audio, video and voice control applications with high fidelity, even in multi-user environments.”

The CYW4373 combo solution features a dual-band 2.4- and 5GHz radio with dynamic channel selection of 20-, 40- and 80MHz channels, supporting up to 433Mbps performance, and it includes a separate Bluetooth/BLE 4.2 subsystem. The solution simplifies system design with a common USB hub or shared SDIO interface to the system host controller.

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