NXP has announced the IW62X WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.1 family of chips designed for high-end gaming, audio, industrial and IoT markets.
The family currently consists of IW620 and IW620S parts with respectively PCIe and SDIO host interfaces. Both chips integrate dual-band Power Amplifiers (PAs), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), and switches in order to reduce the board-level BOM (Bill of Materials).
IW62X key features and specifications:
- Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
- 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 DB (802.11ax)
- 1024 QAM, 80MHz
- Peak Throughput: 1.2 Gbps
- Improved wideband noise & MU-MIMO performance
- Advanced active channel scanning
- 802.11s, EasyMesh
- Bluetooth & Bluetooth Low Energy 5.1
- BLE 2Mbps + Long Range
- BLE direction finding with Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD)
- BLE Mesh
- Antenna support
- 2×2 5G
- 1×1 2.4G + BT
- Multimode energy-efficient support (TWT, Micro AP, TX Power Control, Wi-Fi Direct, BT5.1)
- Host Interfaces
- IW620 – PCIe 1.0
- IW620S – SDIO 3.0
- UART for Bluetooth only
- I2S/PCM audio
- Power Supply
- Integrated PMIC
- Individual power down for WLAN, BT, Bluetooth Low Energy
NXP will provide drivers for Linux, Android, and QNX operating systems. IW62X wireless chips will be found in smart consumer IoT hubs, wireless speakers, video-enabled smart devices, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) devices and various other IoT applications.
The company highlights the low-latency of WiFi 6 that makes IW62X “ideal for advanced gaming consoles that demand high-performance Wi-Fi with near zero wireless controller lag time and low-latency multiplayer gaming experiences (via a single, in-room console) over wireless networks”. NXP also keep referring to the “world’s first WiFI 6 gaming console” in the press release without naming it, but it should probably mean IW620 is integrated in the upcoming Sony Playstation 5.
NXP’s IW62X 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 & Bluetooth solutions are sampling now, partners are expected to launch modules soon. Additional information may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.