These boards significantly simplify the prospects for developers to explore the many wireless connectivity possibilities
Based on JODY modules and conforming to M.2 form factor, the new wireless-connectivity cards by u-blox feature Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth that plug into the latest range of NXP i.MX evaluation boards. Use cases may include industrial automation, vehicle navigation and telematics, in-vehicle infotainment and hands-free audio, remote diagnostics and patient monitoring, security cameras, payment terminals, and other applications requiring high data rates
The M2-JODY-W3 card comprises a u-blox JODY-W3 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 module whose NXP 88Q9098 chipset supports IEEE 802.11ax and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1. It runs concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks using dual MACs and 2×2 MIMO antenna set-up in each band. Bluetooth support includes dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 Classic and LE, as well as the standard’s long-range operation option. The M2-JODY-M3 card supports the simultaneous operation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Its Wi-Fi functionality includes simultaneous access points, stations, or Wi-Fi Direct modes.
The M2-JODY-W2 card features a u-blox JODY-W2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5 module, which uses the NXP 88W8987 chipset to support IEEE 802.11ac and Bluetooth/Bluetooth Low Energy 5. The card supports dual-band Wi-Fi to the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards. It supports dual-mode Bluetooth 5 operation and is capable of dual-port simultaneous operation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Its Wi-Fi functionality also includes simultaneous access points, stations, or Wi-Fi Direct modes.
“These new cards from u-blox leverage our highly integrated 88W8987 and 88Q9098 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth chipsets and easily plug into the M.2 sockets of our i.MX evaluation and development kits, making it significantly easier for developers to explore the many wireless connectivity possibilities enabled by their modules,” said Jay White, Senior Marketing Manager of Mass Market for Wi-Fi Solutions with NXP.
To enable the use of the M2-JODY-W3 and M2-JODY-W2 cards with legacy evaluation boards not having an M.2 socket, u-blox offers a convenient microSD-to-M.2 adaptor that connects to a standard microSD socket or a microSD-to-SD adapter for boards with a standard SD socket.