WiFi 6 Embedded SBC Features Qualcomm IPQ6018 Processor, Gigabit & 2.5Gbps Ethernet Ports

Last year, we covered Dakota DR40x9 Wave-2 AC router board powered by Qualcomm IPQ4019 or IPQ4029 quad-core Cortex-A7 WiSoC, but there’s now a new Qualcomm based embedded SBC supporting WiFi 6.

DR6018 (aka AP.CP01 or just CP01) is powered by Qualcomm IPQ6018 quad-core Cortex-A53 WiSoC with 802.11ax WiFi 6, six Ethernet ports including five Gigabit Ethernet, and one 2.5 GbE port, as well an M.2 expansion socket.

Qualcomm IPQ6018 WiFi 6 Embedded SBC
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Specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Atheros IPQ6018 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.8 GHz apparently part of Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 platform; 14nm FinFET process
  • System Memory – 1GB (2x 512MB) DDR3L 16-bit interface with 32-bit memory bus design
  • Storage – 256MB NAND Flash, 32MB NOR flash, SD card slot
  • Networking
    • Wired
      • 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports
      • 1x 2.5Gbps Ethernet port
    • Wireless
      • WiFi
        • 2×2 2.4GHz MU-MIMO OFDMA 802.11b/g/n/ax WiFi 6, max 23dBm per chain
        • 2×2 5GHz MU-MIMO OFDMA 802.11a/n/ac/ax WiFi 6, max 20dBm per chain
        • 4x U.FL antenna connectors
        • 2.4 GHz data rate up to 573 Mbps
        • 5 GHz data rate up to 1201 Mbps
      • Bluetooth – Footprint for Bluetooth module
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-C port, optional USB 2.0 Type-A port
  • Expansion
    • 1x M.2 (NGFF) “E Key” socket with MiniPCIe 3.0
    • FFC/FPC Connector for LED
    • Mini USB 2.0 port for Bluetooth debugging
  • Debugging – 20-pin JTAG header for loader and firmware, 4-pin header for serial console.
  • Misc – Reset button, switch for boot config, switch for auth enable
  • Power Supply – 12VDC via DC jack input
  • Dimensions – 218 x 150 x 16.5 mm (without heatsink)
CP01 WiFi 6 Embedded SBC
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The board apparently runs the older OpenWRT 14.07 Barrier Breaker firmware, and Qualcomm SDK is provided with QCA binary drivers

Typical applications include 802.11ax MU-MIMO OFDMA Access Point, mesh router supporting EasyMesh, and Smart AP with TWT (Target Wake Time) to extend the battery life of clients which may be especially useful for IoT projects.

Qualcomm IPQ6018 Block Diagram
IPQ6010/IPQ6018/IPQ6028 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

I was initially contacted by Wallys Communications (Suzhou) about the DR6018 board, and they explained to me they have samples for test purposes only and will install an EMC shield during mass production. You may find more details and contact the company via the product page.

But I also found the board sold by Singapore based Compex under the name AP.CP01 or just CP01. They have some more documentation on their product page where the board is sold for $495.00, and CP01 WiFI 6 Embedded SBC is also listed on Codico website for 389 Euros.

DR6018 WiFi 6 Board
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Inconnu
Inconnu
2 months ago

Overpriced ? Unsupported ? Pick both…

TLS
TLS
2 months ago

It’s actually quite affordable for a dev kit. This isn’t supposed to be something you buy more than a couple of units of to develop your own hardware around.

TLS
TLS
2 months ago

I just love it when new hardware launches with six year old, unsupported software…

Philipp Blum
Philipp Blum
2 months ago

Holy… 500 USD, crazy people. You get for a couple hundred bucks a Mikrotik Switch with SFP+ these days. Cheap 10 gbit, instead of just 2.5 gbit. Add a 5G/2.4G Router behind it and you are ready to go.
But I have to admit, the Mikrotik Switch doesn’t have OpenWRT. But I guess, this is also not necessary. The router can have OpenWRT though.

TLS
TLS
2 months ago

Another person who clearly don’t understand that this product is a development board. This is NOT for mass deployment, be it for consumers or businesses.

willy
willy
2 months ago

I’d say it’s not at all obvious that this is a development board. This is mentioned nowhere on the product page, instead it’s even written “embedded board”. The large dimensions can make one think it’s more likely a dev board but I’m not that much convinced. In any case whether it’s to build a final product or to design a product to be sold in 1 year, it looks a bit dated in terms of hardware and software support. A53+2.5G is not revolutionary, those having an Espressobin have had this for a few years now. Even NAND isn’t the solution… Read more »

william zhu
1 month ago

11ax IQP6018 is ready,if someone is interested,please let me know!

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