U-Blox announces MAYA-W2 series module to bring Wi-Fi 6 to industrial applications

U-Blox announces MAYA-W2 series module to bring Wi-Fi 6 to industrial applications

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Swiss embedded device manufacturer, U-Blox, known for developing wireless communication technologies, has announced the U-Blox MAYA-W2 series module that integrates Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth and IEEE802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee). As a tri-radio module, the device allows fast track to market supporting Linux, Android and FreeRTOS operating systems. The module incorporates the NPX’s IW612 chipset, which inherently is a tri-radio single-chip solution designed for a broad range of IoT and industrial applications in smart homes, smart devices, and accessories.

The onboard NXP IW612 integrated circuit features a Wi-Fi subsystem powered by NXP’s IEEE802.11ax (generally referred to as Wi-Fi 6) technology to deliver enhanced network efficiency, lower latency and improved range. Along with Wi-Fi 6 is an independent Bluetooth 5.2 system that features Bluetooth profiles such as hands-free, advanced audio distribution profiles for audio streaming. Finally, the IEEE802.15.4 subsystem that supports Thread mesh networks enables real-time data processing when connected to an external processor.

As an NXP Gold Partner, U-Blox is one of the first companies to leverage this innovative solution for their new MAYA-W2 module – which will help expedite the development of high-performance, commercial end-products that require robust, secure, and reliable connectivity, said Tom Eichenberg, Sr. Director of Marketing – Connectivity, at NXP Semiconductors.

U-Blox MAYA-W2 evaluation kit

The MAYA-W2 module also supports several operation modes– access-point, station, and Wi-Fi direct. The Wi-Fi 6 supports up to 600 Mbit/s data throughput and improved performance in multi-user, multiple-input, and multiple-output (MU-MIMO). The module, as claimed, has been tested to meet high reliability and quality requirements to serve applications in healthcare, electric vehicles, and charging infrastructure.

As mentioned earlier, the MAYA-W2 module supports Bluetooth Low-Energy audio, enabling devices to simultaneously transmit distinct audio streams while receiving multiple audio streams and also broadcast these audio streams to multiple users. With MAYA-W2, developers can seamlessly upgrade Wi-Fi 4 devices to explore the capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 technology. The wide operating temperature range of -40°C to 85°C provides a good environment for industrial automation applications.

MAYA-W2 offers vastly improved Wi-Fi performance, particularly when it comes to handling crowded networks, while also supporting Bluetooth LE 5.2 and Thread. This tri-radio functionality makes it ideal for gateways and bridges in low-power IoT and mesh networks, said Sebastian Schreiber, Product Manager at U-Blox.

If you are interested in trying out the all-new MAYA-W2 module, the manufacturer plans to make the evaluation kits available upon request starting this June 2022. Also, there are several options to choose from!

About Abhishek Jadhav

Abhishek Jadhav is an engineering student, RISC-V ambassador and a freelance technology and science writer with bylines at Wevolver, Electromaker, Embedded Computing Design, Electronics-Lab, Hackster, and EdgeIR.

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