Add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity to your NXP i.MX RT-Based Product

 

i.MX RT Series: Crossover Processor

As the need for smarter and more ‘aware’ edge computing grows and becomes critical to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), edge devices are expected to provide the highest compute performance together with reliable security and assured privacy at the lowest cost possible. NXP’s i.MX RT series tackles this challenge by architecting i.MX RT crossover processors to deliver high performance and functional capabilities of applications processors, but with the ease-of-use and real-time deterministic operation of traditional microcontrollers (MCUs).

i.MX RT Target Applications

  • General Embedded designs for mass-market applications such as metering, medical equipment, and IoT gateways.
  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI) graphics capabilities for home and building automation, industrial computing designs, and consumer products.
  • Audio Subsystem designs for high-end, multi-channel, “whole home” audio devices, smart speakers, and specialty equipment such as guitar pedals, mixers, and monitors.
  • Motor Control and Power Conversion for professional appliances such as 3D printers, thermal printers, and drones—as well as consumer products, such as robotic vacuum cleaners.

Learn more: Visit i.MX RT web page to learn more on how NXP bridges the gap between performance and usability with their "cross-over" processors. 


Silex Turnkey Wi-Fi Solutions for NXP i.MX RT Processors

Traditionally, MCUs have been confined to low-performance edge nodes and therefore paired up with low throughput 802.11n, whereas applications processors with their higher performance and functionality have been paired with higher throughput 802.11ac. However, with the launch of NXP’s breakthrough i.MX RT Crossover Processors, the performance and functionality limitations of MCUs has been broken and the edge nodes are now able to take on a much bigger role in the IoT; thereby also requiring a wide range of Wi-Fi options.

To address this growing need, Silex has created a set of turnkey Wi-Fi solutions for i.MX RT processors with pre-integrated software drivers, module pre-certification, and world-class support.

Learn more: Download NXP's and Silex's latest white paper to learn how Silex has enabled Wi-Fi for NXP's iMX RT processors. 

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Product Brief

FreeRTOS Wi-Fi Driver

Enables Plug-n-Play Wi-Fi for the NXP i.MX RT Crossover Processors with the SX-SDMAC

SX-SDMAC: High-Performance Wi-Fi for i.MX RT

The SX-SDMAC is dual-band 802.11ac + Bluetooth SDIO module delivering enterprise-grade Wi-Fi connectivity with link rates as high as 433 Mbps. It is easy to integrate and supports multiple software driver options including FreeRTOS for the i.MX RT series.

  • Based on the QCA9377-3 SoC
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO Client
  • SDIO 3.0 WLAN host interface
  • Bluetooth 4.2 BR/EDR/LE Smart Ready
  • Link rate of up to 433 Mbps
  • Driver support included
  • Support for enterprise security, seamless roaming
  • FCC/IC/CE/MIC modular certification
  • Industrial Temperature range support
  • Available in surface mount, board to board connector, and SDIO card form factors

Ready to get started? Download this startup guide for step-by-step instructions on how to evaluate SX-SDMAC with NXP's i.MX RT EVK. 

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SX-ULPAN: Low Cost Wi-Fi for i.MX RT

Silex Technology offers SPI interface based single-band and dual-band Wi-Fi radios in the SX-ULPAN. SX-ULPAN is a lower cost option, based on QCA4004 radio, which may be suitable for typical IoT sensory applications that are low power. 

The SX-ULPAN is an ultra-low-power Wi-Fi module available as either a single band or dual-band 802.11n module and available with industrial temperature support. This low power Wi-Fi module is based on QCA4004 radio from Qualcomm.  SPI interface drivers for SX-ULPAN are built into the i.MX RT SDK.

SX-ULPAN Features:

  • Ultra-low-power module features QCA4004 Radio
  • Single or Dual-Band 802.11n
  • Supports SPI/UART as Host interface
  • Driver support included in NXP BSP
  • Optional Industrial Temperature range support
  • Hardware Supports Security- WPS, WPA and WPA2
  • Ideal for Low Power IoT applications
  • Onboard Antenna & U.FL Connector Add-on

Ready to get started? Download this startup guide for step-by-step instructions on how to evaluate SX-ULPAN with NXP's i.MX RT EVK. 

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