NXP Unveils New IW62X Family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth Devices for Advanced Audio Applications and Connected Designs

October 9 2020, 01:10
NXP Semiconductors announced its latest family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Dual Band + Bluetooth/BLE-Audio devices, designed to drive a new phase of connectivity innovation for all sorts of advanced audio, gaming and connected devices. Enabling the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 enabled gaming console (the new PlayStation 5), NXP’s optimized IW62X family of products will provide increased capacity, efficiency and performance for next-generation connectivity solutions including wireless speakers and all sorts of smart devices.

As NXP explains, the new 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 solutions are ideal for advanced gaming consoles that demand high-performance Wi-Fi with near zero wireless controller lag time and low-latency multiplayer gaming experiences (via a single, in-room console) over wireless networks. The IW62X solutions also offer real-time interactions for cloud-based gaming devices, clients and services by providing high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity needed for full 4k / 60 fps gameplay.

"Today we’re delivering the industry’s leading 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions, enabling both the gaming industry and one of its most prominent console makers with Wi-Fi 6 for the first time,” says Rafael Sotomayor, Executive Vice President of Connectivity and Security at NXP. “This product announcement reinforces NXP’s position at the cutting edge of connectivity and our ability to enable advanced wireless capabilities for the future of gaming plus the exponential growth in Wi-Fi 6 access points and IoT devices tethered to a single gateway. Our IW62X family of integrated Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth solutions brings a step-change in high performance and power efficient solutions for the latest-generation of smart home IoT services, connected industrial applications and the vast number of consumer devices that rely on power-efficient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to maximize the user experience."

NXP’s family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions bring a dramatic boost in speed, and a 4x increase in network capacity and a 2x increase in bandwidth over previous generations of Wi-Fi. This increased capacity with reduced latency supports a significantly higher number of users and devices connected to a network or gateway, such as for multi-channel home theater audio experiences with wireless speakers and content streaming.

The BT/BLE radios support Bluetooth/BLE standards (BLE LR/2Mbps, BLE AoA/AoD, BLE Mesh), independent Bluetooth connections and operational modes with multiple external devices. These capabilities enable advanced smart hub and smart home services that use Bluetooth-based positioning and Mesh connectivity, providing support for numerous applications, including dual/independent wireless earbuds/headset support, and robust support of audio streaming (via stereo A2DP, Isochronous Channel).
NXP IW620S Block Diagram.

Separate low-power peripheral and accessory control, including speaker, voice assistant, audio hubs/soundbar, physical remote control and low-power device wakeup are all ideal features for applications with the new NXP IW62X devices.

The IW62X family features 2.4 and 5 GHz dual band Power Amplifiers (PAs), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) antenna switches and includes a power management unit that substantially reduces system-level BOM (Bill of Materials) and device board area, simplifying also chip-on-board and integrated-module designs.

The new IW62X family of 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band + Bluetooth solutions are available for sampling now and soon from select module partners.
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