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u-blox Announces the u-blox MAYA-W2 tri-radio module

Published: May 19,2022

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Thalwil, Switzerland – u-blox Announces the u-blox MAYA-W2 tri-radio module. Supporting Wi Fi 6, Bluetooth low energy (LE) 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee) on a compact form factor, the module brings Wi-Fi 6 technology to industrial and consumer mass-market applications in industrial automation, smart building & energy management, healthcare, smart home, and many other applications.

U-blox said, MAYA-W2 futureproofs applications with an advanced set of connectivity features. Wi-Fi 6, also referred to as 802.11ax, offers better network efficiency – especially in congested areas, lower latency, and improved range over previous generation Wi-Fi standards. Thread paves the way for low power, IP-based mesh networks commonly used in home automation. Additionally, the dual-mode Bluetooth module supports both Bluetooth classic and Bluetooth LE, including Bluetooth LE audio. New audio functionalities allow devices to concurrently transmit several distinct audio streams, simultaneously receive multiple audio streams, and broadcast audio streams to multiple users.

MAYA-W2 is designed to give developers a fast track to the market. All required Linux, Android, and FreeRTOS software drivers are available as open source. The FreeRTOS software drivers are pre-integrated into the MCUXpresso software development kit (SDK), while the Android and Linux software drivers are pre-integrated into the board support packages (BSPs) for NXP’s i.MX application processors. This reduces design efforts, simplifying software integration and testing.

Footprint compatibility with the MAYA-W1 Wi-Fi 4 module facilitates the development of multiple product lines catering to use-case-specific performance requirement. At the same time, it offers a seamless migration path to upgrade Wi-Fi 4 devices to Wi-Fi 6 technology.

MAYA-W2 is available as a professional-grade module that is qualified for operation from

-40 °C to 85 °C. Available in four variants with three antenna options, including antenna pins, U.FL connectors, or a PCB antenna, the tri-radio module can easily be designed into any type of IoT device.

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