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Date: 18-08-22

Nordic Semiconductor added Wi-Fi 6 companion to its Bt and cellular chips

Wireless radio transceiver chipmaker Nordic Semiconductor has launched Wi-Fi 6 companion chip nRF7002 for use in IOT electronic products.  This announcement follows after company's buying of Wi-Fi product development team and the WiFi asset from Imagination Technologies.

With this Nordic customers can have a single source for their Bluetooth Wi-Fi and cellular IOT radio chip requirements. Among the wireless protocols, Wi-Fi plays important role in smart home and is supported by leading product and cloud services vendors. Nordic do not want to miss out in the Wi-Fi area. Nordic now supports  three wireless protocols of Bluetooth LE for commissioning, Thread for low power mesh networking, and Wi-Fi for high-speed wireless applications.

nRF7002 is called as ‘companion IC’ due to its ability to provide seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi-based locationing (SSID sniffing of local Wi-Fi hubs) when used with Nordic’s other non-Wi-Fi products such as nRF52 and nRF53 Series multiprotocol Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), and nRF91 Series cellular IoT Systems-in-Package (SiPs). The nRF7002 can also be with other host devices not made by Nordic.

nRF7002 is designed to consume very low-power and offer high efficiency-gain and long life making it suitable for battery operated wireless IOT products.

“We were able to bring our first Wi-Fi IC to market very quickly as a result of acquiring an extremely capable Wi-Fi team alongside a portfolio of Wi-Fi assets that team had already developed,” says Nordic CTO/EVP of R&D and Strategy, Svein-Egil Nielsen. “Nordic has also ensured that developing Nordic-based Wi-Fi 6 applications will be as simple as developing any other Nordic wireless IoT application, including using the same development tools and nRF Connect SDK.”

“The new Wi-Fi team’s relentless hard work to enable Nordic to launch its first Wi-Fi product so soon deserves huge recognition,” continues Mike Davis, Nordic’s ‪Wi-Fi Systems & Software Director. “They knew Wi-Fi was the number one missing capability requested by Nordic customers. And they knew Nordic’s customers needed this capability quickly.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“I am extremely happy that we are finally able to add Wi-Fi to our wireless IoT product portfolio,” adds Kjetil Holstad, Nordic’s EVP Product Management. “Our sales force is eager to engage with customers worldwide. The nRF7002 is a great starting point and we are already well ahead in terms of building a portfolio of unique Wi-Fi products that will combine seamlessly with Nordic’s existing ultra-low power wireless technologies.”

Nordic is already sampling this nRF7002 which is packaged in a 6 x 6mm QFN package.

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