Espressif’s ESP32-C5 Features a Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Radio with MU-MIMO, TWT, and More

Espressif’s ESP32-C5 Features a Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Radio with MU-MIMO, TWT, and More

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Espressif Systems has recently introduced the ESP32-C5 a MCU with dual-band (2.4 & 5.0 GHz) WiFi-6 and Bluetooth 5.0 LE support.

Previously we have seen Espressif release many MCU such as the ESP32-C6, and ESP32-C61, both of which are capable of handling 2.4GHz radio connectivity, but this is the first module from Espressif that will support both the 2.4 & 5.0 GHz radio.

Support for 5 GHz Wi-Fi on the ESP32-C5 enhances IoT devices with OFDMA and MU-MIMO for efficient, low-latency connectivity in crowded settings, and there will also be support for TWT which will add to extended battery life. This MCU can support 5G speeds so this setup will enable applications like live streaming, WiFi dongles, and IP cameras. Espressif ensures software continuity with the ESP-IDF, supporting both ESP32 and ESP8266 devices, and offers options for using ESP32C5 as a co-processor via ESP-AT or ESp-hosted SDKs.

ESP32-C5 Specifications:

  • CPU: Single-core 32-bit RISC-V processor, up to 240 MHz
  • Memory: 400KB SRAM on-chip
  • Storage: 384KB ROM on-chip, supports external flash
  • Connectivity:
    • Dual-band 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
    • Backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n (Wi-Fi 4)
    • 20MHz bandwidth in 802.11ax mode
    • 20/40MHz bandwidth in 802.11b/g/n mode
    • OFDMA for uplink and downlink
    • Downlink MU-MIMO
    • Extended device sleep periods with TWT for improved battery life
    • Bluetooth 5.0 LE
  • I/O Capabilities:
    • Over 20 programmable GPIOs
    • Interfaces: SPI, UART, ADC
    • SDIO 2.0 Slave interface
  • Miscellaneous: Temperature sensor, Real-Time Clock (RTC)

At the time of writing the company has not provided us with pricing information for the ESP32-C5, so more details can be found on their press release page.

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