First Wi-Fi 6-enabled SoM To enhance connectivity performance

03-10-2023 | Variscite | Semiconductors

Variscite announced support for Wi-Fi 6 and now offers the enhanced NXP i.MX93-based SoM with the NXP-based Wi-Fi 6 module.

The integration of NXP's IW611/ IW612 Wi-Fi 6 modules provides certified and secure dual-band Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax/ac/a/b/g/n solution with BT/BLE 5.3 and optional 802.15.4 tri-radio that fully supports the new Matter standard to meet the next generation of IoT needs.

The VAR-SOM-MX93 is the company's first out of several Wi-Fi 6-enabled releases among the company's extensive product portfolio. This upgraded SoM is available to order, together with related evaluation kits, from Variscite's online store. SoMs based on the NXP i.MX8 series will soon be upgraded to Wi-Fi 6, offering users the same enhanced connectivity features and performance.

The SoM provides an energy flex architecture for efficient processing with integrated AI/ML NPU acceleration and targets markets such as industrial, IoT, smart edge devices, and portable devices.

"It is our mission to deliver advanced SoM solutions that leverage the latest technology advances, such as Wi-Fi 6," said Ofer Austerlitz, VP Business Development and Sales of Variscite. "With growing interest in IoT and portable wireless connections, we anticipate strong demand for upgraded connectivity in the industrial embedded systems market. With this advanced solution, unparalleled speed and efficiency are not just future expectations, but reality today."

The device runs on 1.7GHz Dual Cortex-A55 NXP's iMX93 processor with 250MHz Cortex-M33 real-time processor and provides the industry's first implementation of the Arm neural processing unit, Ethos-U65 microNPU. The SoM offers built-in security features, 2x CAN bus, 2x GbE, industrial temperature range, camera inputs, audio in/out, ADC, 2x USB, certified Wi-Fi 6, BT/BLE 5.3, and display outputs.

The device features the VAR-SOM Pin2Pin product family, providing compatibility of one carrier board design to several SoMs. This extensive family provides extended longevity and decreased development time, costs and risks.

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By Seb Springall