NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that its Wi-Fi® and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth® combos and i.MX RT Crossover MCUs are now supported within its MCUXpresso software, which dramatically simplifies product development. With this new level of integration, NXP expands the connectivity capabilities of its EdgeVerse™ edge computing and security platform. By pre-integrating driver support within the MCUXpresso SDK, NXP is providing developers with flexible and scalable platforms to help accelerate compliance, significantly shorten time-to-market, and streamline Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo deployments. These new platforms make it possible to mix and match the right MCU with the right Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo devices, providing developers with the flexibility needed to meet the performance and power requirements of their IoT, industrial, automotive, and communications infrastructure applications.
“With this new connected-edge platform, NXP continues to deliver on its investments in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by providing developers with the flexibility to easily pair our i.MX RT MCUs and advanced connectivity solutions for more seamless and cost-effective implementations,” said Ron Martino, senior vice president and general manager of Edge Processing with NXP. “This new integration brings a one-stop-shop approach to platform development with NXP’s highly differentiated offerings that are fully tested and certified, allowing developers to easily and quickly deploy wireless devices at scale.”
Rich MCUXpresso SDK Enablement Tools
NXP has pre-integrated its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth drivers and communications stacks around FreeRTOS, targeting i.MX RT crossover MCUs to simplify and accelerate application development. By using the MCUXpresso SDK, developers can easily combine wireless connectivity with AI/machine learning capabilities, display controllers, and graphics accelerators integrated into the i.MX RT family. The pre-integrated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth drivers have been verified and tested to deliver several useful examples, including:
- iPerf utility to test device-to-device performance
- Wi-Fi provisioning example for easily connecting new devices to networks
- Command Line Interface (CLI) to set Wi-Fi parameters and network properties and experiment with various Wi-Fi settings/parameters
- Use case development for IoT, industrial, automotive and communication infrastructure applications
- Amazon Web Services to use as a framework for IoT products as well as device, gateway, phone and cloud connection examples
Module Partners – The Path to Production
NXP has partnered with leading module vendors, around the world, including Azurewave, Murata, Panasonic, and u-blox to deliver fully certified, platform-integrated modules for developer designs. With additional partners being added throughout the year, NXP’s broad range of module suppliers add more flexibility for developers to choose the best module for their application and reduce the design complexity, development costs and the time to certification.
“We are excited to be collaborating with NXP to launch a complete portfolio of Wi-Fi combo modules that are certified and fully tested by Azurewave’s state-of-art manufacturing facility for high-quality assurance,” said Milton Hsieh, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at Azurewave Technologies Inc. “By combining the power of NXP’s connectivity and processing platforms, our flexible OTS modules will help customers develop products more easily, achieve faster time-to-market, and save valuable resources.”
“Murata has a long-standing, successful relationship with NXP in delivering game-changing solutions,” said Akira Sasaki, GMof Connectivity Module Marketing Department, Murata. "Through this collaboration, Murata’s new 8801-based module with a built-in antenna eases the regulatory certification burden and significantly shortens time-to-market for connected products. As a module technology leader, we deliver the expertise and breadth of IoT products that enable mass-market adoption."
“Panasonic chose NXP’s 88W8977 SoC for the PAN9026 module due to its combination of the most important short-range wireless technologies in one chip,” said Mathias Hopp, business group leader for Wireless Connectivity with Panasonic. “Engineered in Germany and manufactured in Slovakia, our module can provide our customers the flexibility [neededhttps://www.globenewswire.com/Tracker?data=69QAjo3O7Fvlu_NzZ5VC72c1t4cLgcPa4dV0Fe8db0XxirkcXEMWCqQNW4YMsFEuMtIodTf_olq3XTQiYPjspKaB7941t7ekWGF8PjiFIPHwYIX5jUce9vV9jy4wUSwBPlBJ79PeQEMUMII7sQHI7IcQLYg5-1Q_k8WFDJtOJswNCpue4-puPJfMmAw0DzvI" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(61, 156, 231); text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: inherit; cursor: pointer;">i.MX platforms running Linux and Android will be available later this year. Learn more at nxp.com/wifibluetooth.