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DanieSchneider
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AIROC™ Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth® 5.2 combo family brings reliable connectivity to smart homes

Today’s smart homes and buildings are much more than just the refrigerator that reorders milk or the coffee machine that recognizes users and their preferences. Buildings that can “hear”, “see” and “understand” their environment and react accordingly are already reality and not science fiction any longer.

A smart home or building becomes smart through the connected and intelligent devices that are placed inside of it. That can be numerous elements or domains: heating, ventilation and air conditioning, elevators, lighting and so on. These elements itself are not smart. However, when equipped with the right technology, they are able to “see”, “hear” and “understand” their surroundings and perform appropriate actions. Sensors are the neural system of a building that collect in real-time data about a building’s operation, environment and its devices. Microcontrollers process data in all types of building components so that actionable insights can be gained out of the collected data. Power semiconductors set things in motion while guaranteeing high efficiency in energy conversion. Robust connectivity is the heartbeat: it unleashes the full potential of smart buildings. Only seamless communication between the elements and devices, the cloud, and the network can ensure that the full potential is utilized. And, of course, security and authentication are basic requirements to ensure data security and avoid the built-in of fake products. In a nutshell, it’s the interplay of those technologies and the elements of a building that makes a building smart.

By expanding its wireless portfolio of high-performance, reliable and secure offerings, Infineon increases the tools for smart homes and buildings and other connected “things.” For example, the AIROC™ family includes the industry’s first 1x1 Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth® 5.2 combo SoC for the IoT, enterprise and industrial applications, and its first 2x2 Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo SoC for multimedia, consumer and automotive applications. The Wi-Fi 6/6E combo solutions operate in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and the new, greenfield 6 GHz spectrum to deliver robust performance and minimal latency. This makes them ideal for high-quality video and audio streaming applications like gaming consoles, AR/VR, smart speakers, media-streaming devices and automotive Infotainment. Applications that require an instant response – like security systems and industrial automation – will also benefit from Infineon’s new products.

Infineon’s AIROC Wi-Fi 6/6E-certified solutions go above and beyond the standard requirements to elevate user experience with advanced wireless technology and architectural innovations that result in:

  • Double the wireless coverage range compared to Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4
  • 40 percent more coverage than typical Wi-Fi 6/6E solutions
  • Improved connection robustness with enhanced interference mitigation
  • Lower latency and better Wi-Fi/BT Coexistence that improves multimedia streaming and gaming responsiveness in overlapping network environments
  • Over 20 percent power savings, enabling longer battery life
  • Multi-layer security protections with secured boot, firmware authentication and encryption, and lifecycle management, enabling a higher level of security for IoT applications.

Infineon's AIROC Wi-Fi 6/6E solutions are also equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, enabling high-quality audio with LC3, and enabling new BLE audio use cases such as audio sharing and audio broadcast. The unique low-power Wake-on-Bluetooth LE mode allows the host CPU to conserve power while the Bluetooth core autonomously “listens” for incoming connection requests. Advanced wireless technology innovations have been added to improve BT/BLE range, robustness, latency and power savings above and beyond standard BT5.2. Infineon’s unique Smart Coex™ maximizes Wi-Fi throughput when used concurrently with Bluetooth, and optimizes for demanding multi-media use cases.

Infineon’s module partners build Wi-Fi 6/6E integrated solutions that allow for rapid development, reduced test costs, and product certification.

The AIROC Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.2 combo is currently sampling to select customers. More information is available at www.cypress.com/products/cyw5557x and www.cypress.com/products/automotive-wireless.

AIROC and Coex are trademark of Infineon Technologies AG.

About the Author
The potential of the Internet of Things is well known. But how do we actually implement it? How can people and companies benefit from it? In my role as Communications Manager for IoT at Infineon, I meet experts, partners and customers to discuss how it can work and what it takes to make IoT work.
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