NXP has a new tri-radio SoC that it’s asserting at CES 2022 that’s designed to function a silver bullet for complete sensible residence connectivity in a single chip, providing out-of-the-box assist for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth LE 5.2, and 802.15.4 (i.e., Thread) suddenly.

The thought is that {hardware} producers constructing new sensible residence units — and particularly ones constructing routers, sensible audio system, and hubs which might be designed to function bridges between totally different radio requirements like Wi-Fi and Thread — can now simply combine a single chipset resolution to their merchandise.

That’s particularly essential with the upcoming launch of the brand new Matter normal later in 2022, which goals to offer a single normal to attach all of the totally different sensible residence software program options on the market from Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and different firms.

However sensible residence units aren’t simply fragmented by platform — in addition they have a tendency to make use of wildly totally different connectivity requirements. Some lightbulbs have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, whereas others use Thread or Zigbee. That’s the place NXP’s IW612 SoC is available in: it’ll make it easy for upcoming Matter hub units to work together with a variety of sensible residence units outdated and new, which (at the least in principle) will assist the brand new normal higher combine with prospects’ setups.

NXP is already sampling the IW612 chip to its prospects, and whereas it’s unlikely that most individuals shopping for a wise residence product will ever actually discover the NXP branding, the brand new chip may assist be a key a part of making Matter’s interconnected dream a actuality when it rolls out later this 12 months.


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