Ultra-Low Power Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC

By Sharad Bhowmick

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Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF7002 is an ultra-low power, dual-band Wi-Fi 6 companion IC capable of providing seamless wireless connectivity. The IC can enable Wi-Fi-based locationing by using SSID sniffing of local Wi-Fi hubs. nRF7002 can enhance the runtime of low-powered IoT solutions and offer both 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band, moreover, it complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax. The companion IC is suitable for use in IoT application and bring added benefits to the applications including further efficiency gains that support long-life, battery-powered Wi-Fi operation.

Nordic claims that the nRF7002 is a ‘companion IC’ which is designed to provide seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi-based locationing when used alongside the company’s existing products or even in combination with non-Nordic host devices. The IC can be used in conjunction with Series Bluetooth Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) and Series cellular IoT Systems-in-Package (SiPs).

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“This is a dream come true for Nordic and its customers.” said CTO, Svein-Egil Nielsen, “We were able to bring our first Wi-Fi chip 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.”

Key Features of nRF7002 IC

    • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual-band
    • Low-power and secure Wi-Fi for the IoT
    • Ideal coexistence with Bluetooth LE
    • Supported in nRF Connect SDK
    • Target Wake Time (TWT)
    • SPI / QSPI
    • Wi-Fi 6 Station (STA)
    • Complies with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
    • 1 Spatial Stream (SS)
    • 20 MHz channel bandwidth
    • 64 QAM (MCS7), 86 Mbps PHY throughput
    • OFDMA (Downlink and Uplink)
    • BSS coloring
    • Co-existence interfaces

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