u-blox AG: u-blox announces a tri-radio module, supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2 and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee)

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MAYA-W2 is one of the first host-based modules to extend the benefits of highly efficient Wi-Fi 6 to industrial applications.

THALWIL, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE / May 12, 2022 / u-blox (SIX:UBXN, OTC PINK:UBLXF), a leading global provider of wireless positioning and communication technologies and services, announced the launch of u-blox MAYA-W2 tri-radio module. Supporting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth® low energy (LE) 5.2 and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee) on a compact form factor, the module brings Wi-Fi 6 technology to consumer industrial and consumer applications in industrial automation, smart building and energy management, healthcare, smart home and many other applications.

MAYA-W2 protects applications from the future with an advanced set of connectivity features. Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, offers better network efficiency, especially in congested areas, lower latency, and improved range compared to previous generation Wi-Fi standards. Thread paves the way for low-power IP mesh networks commonly used in home automation.

Additionally, the dual-mode Bluetooth module supports both classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE, including Bluetooth LE audio. New audio features allow devices to transmit multiple separate audio streams simultaneously, receive multiple audio streams simultaneously, and broadcast audio streams to multiple users.

A fast track to market

MAYA-W2 is designed to give developers a fast track to market. All required Linux, Android and FreeRTOS software drivers are available in open source. FreeRTOS software drivers are pre-integrated in the MCUXpresso Software Development Kit (SDK), while Android and Linux software drivers are pre-integrated in Board Support Packages (BSPs) for i.MX application processors from NXP. This reduces design efforts, simplifying software integration and testing.

Footprint compatibility with the MAYA-W1 Wi-Fi 4 module facilitates the development of multiple product lines to meet the specific performance requirements of each use case. At the same time, it provides a seamless migration path to upgrade Wi-Fi 4 devices to Wi-Fi 6 technology.

MAYA-W2 is available as a professional grade module qualified to operate from
-40 C to 85 C. Available in four variants with three antenna options including antenna pins, U.FL connectors or a PCB antenna, the tri-radio module can easily be integrated into any type of IoT device.

Product developers can easily evaluate hardware using dedicated evaluation kits (EVKs) as well as M.2 cards that connect seamlessly to host platforms, including the latest range of development boards i.MX from NXP.

“The recently announced IW612 from NXP is the industry’s first tri-radio device enabling seamless and secure connectivity for smart home and industrial use cases, and is ideally suited to address different ecosystems, including the new Matter protocol. As an NXP Gold Partner, u-Blox is one of the first companies to leverage this innovative solution for its new MAYA-W2 module, which will help accelerate the development of high-performance commercial end products requiring robust connectivity, secure and reliable,” said Tom Eichenberg, Sr. Marketing Director – Connectivity, NXP® Semiconductors.

Target a large application space

MAYA-W2 is one of the first industrial-grade Wi-Fi modules to offer advanced Wi-Fi 6 technology for a wide range of IoT applications. Common use cases include solar inverters and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as wireless hubs and gateways used in healthcare, smart buildings, smart home (including Matter) and factories smart. Other potential use cases include business devices, asset and fleet management, and retail solutions.

Additionally, the introduction of Bluetooth LE audio paves the way for other use cases such as hearing aids that take advantage of its new audio streaming capabilities.

“Working with customers, we have observed a clear need for secure and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity that goes beyond what Wi-Fi 4 can offer. MAYA-W2 offers significantly improved offerings
Wi-Fi performance, especially when dealing with congested networks, while supporting Bluetooth LE 5.2 and Thread. This tri-radio functionality makes it ideal for gateways and bridges in low-power IoT and mesh networks,” says Sebastian Schreiber, Product Manager at u-blox.

Samples of the MAYA-W2 module and its evaluation kits will be available upon request from June 2022.

About u-blox
u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in wireless positioning and communication for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products enable people, vehicles and machines to determine their precise location and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short-range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, secure data services and connectivity, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things quickly and affordably. . Headquartered in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company has a global presence with offices in Europe, Asia and the United States. ( www.u-blox.com ) Find us on Facebook , LinkedIn Twitter @ublox and Youtube

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