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Secure tri-radio device advances IoT connectivity

Secure tri-radio device advances IoT connectivity

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By Rich Pell



Part of the company’s new family of tri-radio products, the IW612 enables seamless, secure connectivity for smart home, automotive and industrial use cases, and supports the new Matter connectivity protocol. The IW612, says the company, frees consumers from the restrictions of single protocol ecosystems, allowing them to enjoy seamless interoperability across different ecosystems and wireless network technologies.

In addition, developers benefit from the company’s state-of-the-art coexistence capability, which enables simultaneous support of three radios on a single device, reducing costs and development time.

“With the IW612, developers can leverage different wireless connectivity protocols on a single device to create an easy-to-use, secure product for smart home, industrial and automotive use cases,” says Larry Olivas, Vice President and General Manager for Wireless Connectivity Solutions, NXP Semiconductors. “From door locks and smart speakers to in-vehicle entertainment and telematics, products can now benefit from our tri-radio solutions that address multiple technologies and ecosystems, including Matter. This provides developers with a more cost-effective solution while streamlining deployment for the consumer.”

One of the primary challenges facing the IoT is limited interoperability, which can restrict the consumer’s ability to mix smart home products from different companies. Matter, a new standardized IoT connectivity protocol, designed by a consortium of industry leaders including NXP, addresses these limitations by unifying how devices communicate, independent of the manufacturer or wireless technology. The protocol creates more connections between more objects, thereby simplifying development for manufacturers and compatibility for consumers.

The IW612 integrates three of the industry’s leading connectivity radios onto a single device for the first time, delivering robust radio performance and integrating a high-performance RF front end. This technology combination, says the company, enables true interoperability in the smart home, significantly reducing development time, simplifying design and reducing costs.

The highly integrated solution overcomes hardware co-existence challenges that developers face today, while also enabling advanced security protocols to help thwart the ever-increasing number of security threats faced by the IoT. The IW612 offers secure boot, debug and over-the-air firmware updates for ongoing protection, as well as WPA3 security and hardware encryption engines.

The IW612 is pffred as an ideal solution for border routers, bridges and gateways in the smart home that require connecting Thread or Bluetooth devices to the cloud using the integrated Wi-Fi 6 radio. Additionally, the IW612 enables communication between Matter devices regardless of whether the devices use Wi-Fi or Thread. This allows Matter-over-Wi-Fi products to control and monitor Matter-over-Thread devices, and vice versa, for seamless interoperability.

Key features of IW612 include:

  • Tri-Radio Integration
    • Wi-Fi 6 reduces network congestion, extends range, improves robustness and lowers power
    • Bluetooth 5.2 for audio (A2DP, LE Audio), voice and network commissioning
    • 802.15.4 for Matter with Thread mesh networking
  • Advanced coexistence for internal and external multi-radio operation
  • Robust security for protection against IoT attacks
  • Pre-validated connection to NXP’s broad microprocessor and microcontroller portfolio
  • Integrated RF front-end including LNAs, high-power PAs and switches for system cost savings, reduced bill-of-materials and footprint

The IW612 is sampling now.

NXP Semiconductors

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