IoT connectivity advanced with first secure tri-radio device

10-01-2022 | NXP | New Technologies

NXP Semiconductors has launched the IW612, the industry’s first secure tri-radio device to support the Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 802.15.4 protocols. Part of its new family of tri-radio products, the new device provides seamless, secure connectivity for smart home, automotive and industrial use cases. It also supports the new groundbreaking Matter connectivity protocol. The device frees consumers from the constraints of single protocol ecosystems, permitting them to enjoy seamless interoperability over different ecosystems and wireless network technologies. Furthermore, developers profit from the company’s state-of-the-art coexistence capability, which allows simultaneous support of three radios on a single device, lowering costs and development time.

The IW612 leverages the compay's long leadership history in providing secure solutions to help combat the ongoing security threats smart devices face. The device provides secure boot, debug and over-the-air firmware updates for ongoing protection and WPA3 security and hardware encryption engines.

“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,” said 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.”

“Interoperability has been a key challenge that has fragmented the smart home market for years, but Matter-enabled devices can change that,” said Jonathan Collins, research director at ABI Research. “With its new monolithic devices, NXP enables developers to leverage Matter-supported connectivity protocols for their smart home applications and help accelerate Matter adoption. This, in turn, will provide consumers with improved useability by making smart devices easier to connect and greater choice among the interoperable devices they can use.”

The device is an ideal solution for border routers, bridges and gateways in the smart home that need connecting Thread or Bluetooth devices to the cloud employing the integrated Wi-Fi 6 radio.

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