Collaboration targets greater flexibility in IoT device platforms
Delivering pre-integrated and tested processor and wireless connectivity solutions for Linux- and Android-based systems, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in partnership with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and NXP Semiconductors N.V. is rolling out a wide range of mix-and-match wireless connectivity and processing solutions for IoT developers that will help shorten their time-to-market cycle. The pre-certified solutions combine Murata’s wireless modules, based on Cypress’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combos, and a range of processors from the NXP i.MX series.
The solutions are not tied to just one processor or one type of connectivity; it works across a portfolio of products and enables engineers to create solutions that are low-cost, plug-and-play, and easy to adopt and use, said Mehul Udani, director, Connectivity Solutions, Murata Americas.
By offering a broad range of scalable processing platforms including i.MX 6, i.MX 7, and i.MX 8 Series application processors and i.MX RT crossover processors, these platform solutions can be used in a variety of applications including battery-powered IoT devices, industrial equipment, and subsystems for connected cars. The platform also offers a range of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity options including 1×1 802.11bgn, 802.11abgn, and 802.11ac up to 2×2 802.11ac, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and M.2 connections for greater flexibility.
It’s a ground-up effort that addresses software, hardware, and integration — all aspects of design, added Udani. “It has to be simple, easy to use, and offer seamless integration of connectivity with the microprocessor.”
It simplifies the evaluation process but also, for NXP, it fills an important aspect of enablement, said Nick Sargologos, senior manager, Wi-Fi Strategy & Solutions, NXP. “We know that well over 50% of i.MX products that we sell go into devices that have Wi-Fi connectivity as a functional element of the product, and through this partnership, we’re able to provide industry-leading Wi-Fi solutions [that are] compatible and easy to use with our evaluation boards.”
The new solutions solve some of the IoT developers’ biggest pain points — Wi-Fi integration and certification. Each hardware platform and related software is fully validated and offers direct access to software in NXP’s Linux board support package and MCUXpresso SDK.
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