Cypress expands its leadership in wireless connectivity with new 802.11ac solutions that pave the way for mass adoption in IoT devices

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., the leader in wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT, has announced two new wireless solutions that deliver advanced coexistence and robust connectivity combining 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for IoT applications. The 802.11ac solutions use high-speed transmissions to enable IoT devices with faster downloads and better range, as well as lower power consumption by quickly exploiting deep sleep modes. The solutions are supported in Cypress’ all-inclusive, turnkey, WICED Studio IoT development platform, which streamlines the integration of wireless technologies for IoT developers.


Wi-Fi networks powered by 802.11ac simltaniously deliver low-latency and high-speed with secure device authentication, making them the ideal wireless technology for connecting things directly to the cloud. The new highly integrated Cypress CYW43455 advanced multi-radio wireless solution incorporates high-performance 802.11ac, low-power Bluetooth 4.2 and BLE. This combo solution is ideal for smart home products such as security cameras that require high-speed Wi-Fi combined with low power BLE connections for motion sensing.


The Cypress CYW54907 802.11ac microcontroller (MCU) integrates a high-performance 320-MHz ARM Cortex-R4 application processor and an advanced 802.11ac subsystem. This powerful dual-band solution offers bridging for IoT gateways and synchronised streaming audio solutions. Both solutions feature a dual-band 2.4- and 5-GHz radio with 20-, 40- and 80-MHz channels with up to 433 Mbps performance. 


“Wi-Fi is the backbone of Internet connectivity, and 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi has become the standard for enterprise infrastructure and home gateways,” said Michael Hogan, vice president of the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. “802.11ac is now beginning to ramp in IoT devices, helping them meet coexistence challenges in sharing the crowded 2.4-GHz band with Bluetooth devices, delivering cleaner air for audio, video and voice control data, as well as improved network performance for multi-user environments.”


James Stansberry, senior vice president and general manager, Samsung Artik Smart IoT platform: “The industrial IoT will be centered around high-density deployments with nodes rapidly accessing the cloud through high-performance networks. Cypress’ CYW43455 802.11ac Wi-Fi combo is a key component to the Artik 710 IoT gateway platform, enabling secure, reliable enterprise network connections with low latency via local intelligent management and into a wide array of cloud interactions.”


Valli Lakshmanan, vice president, Global Marketing & Global Experience Design Lead, Verifone: “Verifone selected Cypress 802.11ac Wi-Fi to enhance the performance of our connected payment offerings. With the ever-increasing focus on connected and mobile shopping experiences, consumers and businesses now require the speed and security 802.11ac offers. Our mobile payment terminals provide the most dynamic and fast consumer shopping experience, combining a connected visualisation and payment anywhere, anytime for small and large retailers.”


Mehul Udani, general manager, connectivity solutions, Murata: “The Cypress WICED MCU has been a very popular solution for our IoT customers. Adding 802.11ac to the WICED combo and MCU offering will bring consumer products to the next level of security and performance for home monitoring and audio entertainment.”


Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder, Electric Imp: “Manufacturers are definitely investing in industrial IoT (IIoT) for business advantage. IIoT applications rely on hardware that provides fast, reliable connectivity in often extraordinarily high-density applications — exactly what Cypress delivers with their 802.11ac silicon. Combining Cypress hardware with Electric Imp’s embedded OS and secure cloud platform helps a wide range of companies deliver on the promise of IIoT across a wide range of applications.”

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