Murata, Cypress, NXP Collaborate on Multi-Platform IoT and Processing Solutions

April 20, 2019 by Scott McMahan

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. reported that it is collaborating with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and NXP Semiconductors N.V. to give IoT developers mix-and-match wireless connectivity and processing solutions that shorten the time-to-market cycle.

The combined products couple Murata's wireless modules, based on Cypress' Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® combinations, with a broad range of processors from the NXP i.MX series.

The solutions build upon Murata's long-standing relationship with Cypress and NXP. They take advantage of Murata's extensive knowledge and comprehension of the hardware and software requirements needed to support i.MX customers that design products ranging from battery-powered IoT devices up to industrial equipment as well as subsystems for connected cars.

Toshifumi Oida, Director, Communications Module Division at Murata stated, "IoT customers still face significant design challenges in getting their connected products to market. 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 platform solutions give developers a wide 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.

Murata says its solutions offer devices with the flexibility of the easy-to-use M.2 connector. The Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity solutions include 802.11ac up to 2x2 802.11ac, 1x1 802.11bgn, and 802.11abgn, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support.

Murata worked closely with Cypress and NXP to assure that each hardware platform and its corresponding software is validated to shorten the design cycle. In NXP's Linux board support package and MCUXpresso SDK, customers have direct access to the necessary software.

Michael Hogan, Senior Vice President of the IoT Compute and Wireless Business Unit at Cypress added, "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. 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."

Martyn Humphries, Vice President and General Manager for i.MX applications processors at NXP concluded, "From our experience working with a vast customer base, we know a key pain point is Wi-Fi integration and certification. 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."

The Wi-Fi evaluation kits are available via NXP's preferred partner Embedded Artists to support a diverse range of applications.