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By Rich Handley

Murata, Cypress, NXP Collaborate on Multi-Platform Wi-Fi IoT Solutions

Murata Manufacturing has announced that it is collaborating with Cypress Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors to provide Internet of Things (IoT) developers with wireless connectivity and processing solutions. The combined products pair Murata's wireless modules, based on Cypress's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combos, with a range of processors from NXP's i.MX series.

"IoT customers still face significant design challenges in getting their connected products to market," said Toshifumi Oida, the director of Murata's communications module division, in a prepared statement. "This collaborative effort solves that challenge while enabling a broad range of new applications. Together with Cypress and NXP, we are providing out-of-box solutions with a wide range of i.MX processors and connectivity options to fit any IoT systems' application requirements."

The solutions give developers a range of scalable processing platforms, including i.MX 6, i.MX 7 and i.MX 8 Series application processors and i.MX RT crossover processors. The Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity solutions include 1x1 802.11bgn, 802.11abgn and 802.11ac up to 2x2 802.11ac, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support. Murata worked with Cypress and NXP to ensure that the hardware platform and corresponding software would be validated for a streamlined experience. Customers have direct access to the necessary software in NXP's Linux board support package and MCUXpresso SDK.

"In order to address the vast breadth of applications that make up the IoT, Cypress takes the approach of giving customers flexibility for processing options to pair with our Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo solutions," said Michael Hogan, the senior VP of Cypress's IoT Compute and Wireless Business Unit, in a prepared statement. "We are giving developers of the diverse range of products served by the i.MX processor family the ability to provide the robust connectivity user experience that people expect, while cutting time to market."

"From our experience working with a vast customer base, we know a key pain point is Wi-Fi integration and certification," said Martyn Humphries, NXP's VP and general manager for i.MX applications processors, in the prepared statement. "From a platform perspective, our collaboration with Murata and Cypress addresses this need, providing a simplified, system-level solution that is fully validated. Our partnership with Murata provides customers with a full range of Wi-Fi solutions with our i.MX evaluation kits for thousands of applications across Industrial, Automotive and IoT."

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