Cypress Expands Wireless Connectivity Portfolio with New 802.11ac High-Performance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo Solution Solution

May 30 2017, 03:00
During Computex 2017, Cypress Semiconductor announced a new wireless solution that delivers advanced coexistence combining 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The new highly integrated Cypress CYW4373 solution incorporates a USB 2.0 hub that provides a common WLAN and Bluetooth interface. The combo solution seems to be an ideal for connected audio systems, smart home products and network peripherals.

Wi-Fi networks powered by 802.11ac simultaneously deliver low-latency and high-speed with secure device authentication, making it the ideal wireless technology to connect directly to the cloud. Cypress' 802.11ac solutions use high-speed transmissions to enable connected 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.

"A wide range of smart home and portable electronics applications are adding 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi to connect to the cloud due to its ability to manage fast connections and provide cleaner air, while also supporting low-power operation," says 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 2.4-GHz 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 5-GHz radio with dynamic channel selection of 20-, 40- and 80-MHz channels, supporting up to 433 Mbps 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.

The Cypress WICED Studio IoT development platform features an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit (SDK). The SDK includes rigorously tested Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, as well as simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn complex wireless technologies. The SDK supports Cypress' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solutions and its Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy devices. The SDK enables cloud connectivity in minutes with its robust libraries that uniquely integrate popular cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, along with services from private cloud partners.

Cypress' WICED Studio connectivity suite is microcontroller (MCU)-agnostic and provides ready support for a variety of third-party MCUs to address the needs of complex applications. The platform also enables cost efficient solutions for simple applications by integrating MCU functionality into the connectivity device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks can run transparently on a host MCU or in embedded mode, allowing for flexible platform architectures with common firmware.

The CYW4373 802.11ac solution is currently sampling to lead customers. Full production is expected in late 2017.
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