CES: NXP claims first tri-radio

Author: EIS Release Date: Jan 13, 2022

NXP claims the industry’s first monolithic tri-radio family which support Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 802.15.4, and  enables simultaneous transmit and receive for higher performance in smart solutions
CES: NXP claims first tri-radio
The device, which is sampling now. supports Matter, the interoperable, secure connectivity standard for the future of the smart home, providing unprecedented coexistence, performance, and radio integration.
The chip connects smart devices across protocols and ecosystems, simplifying development and reducing cost and board space for smart home, automotive, and industrial devices
The IW612 frees consumers from the restrictions of single protocol ecosystems, allowing them to enjoy seamless interoperability across different ecosystems and wireless network technologies.
Additionally, developers benefit from NXP’s state-of-the-art coexistence capability, which enables simultaneous support of three radios on a single device, reducing costs and development time.
One of the primary challenges facing the IoT is limited interoperability, which can restrict the consumer’s ability to mix smart home products from different companies.
Matter, a new standardized IoT connectivity protocol, designed by a consortium of industry leaders including NXP, addresses these limitations by unifying how devices communicate, independent of the manufacturer or wireless technology.
The protocol creates more connections between more objects, thereby simplifying development for manufacturers and compatibility for consumers.
To support a new era of interoperability, the IW612 integrates three of the industry’s leading connectivity radios onto a single device for the first time, delivering robust radio performance and integrating a high-performance RF front end.
This technology combination enables true interoperability in the smart home, significantly reducing development time, simplifying design and reducing costs.
The device overcomes hardware co-existence challenges that developers face today, while also enabling advanced security protocols to help thwart the ever-increasing number of security threats faced by the IoT.
The IW612 is suitable for border routers, bridges and gateways in the smart home that require connecting Thread or Bluetooth devices to the cloud using the integrated Wi-Fi 6 radio.
Additionally, the IW612 enables communication between Matter devices regardless of whether the devices use Wi-Fi or Thread. This allows Matter-over-Wi-Fi products to control and monitor Matter-over-Thread devices, and vice versa, for seamless interoperability.
Key features of IW612 include:
•Tri-Radio Integration
•Wi-Fi 6 reduces network congestion, extends range, improves robustness and lowers power
•Bluetooth 5.2 for audio (A2DP, LE Audio), voice and network commissioning
•802.15.4 for Matter with Thread mesh networking
•Advanced coexistence for internal and external multi-radio operation
•Robust security for protection against IoT attacks
•Pre-validated connection to NXP’s broad microprocessor and microcontroller portfolio
•Integrated RF front-end including LNAs, high-power PAs and switches for system cost savings, reduced bill-of-materials and footprint