NXP and Panasonic Expand PartnershipSeptember 23, 2020 by Shannon Cuthrell
NXP Semiconductors and Panasonic Industry Europe are increasing their collaboration through NXP’s partner program.
Panasonic Industry Europe recently announced that it’s joining NXP Semiconductors’ “Gold” partner program, a move that enables both companies to deliver stronger support and a more streamlined experience for customers in the application development process.
Operating under the international Panasonic Group umbrella, Panasonic Industry Europe provides electronic components, devices and modules in the automotive and industrial markets. Dutch-American power giant NXP Semiconductors is one of the largest chip makers worldwide, specializing in automotive systems, secure identification and wireless networking applications.
Through the increased level of partnership in NXP’s Ecosystem Program, Panasonic Industry’s customers can use its Wi-Fi modules and microcontroller units with NXP’s MCUXpresso software.
Pascal Meier, the head of product marketing for sensors and wireless connectivity at Panasonic Industry, stated in a news release that the new Gold partner status allows customers to “profit from the knowledge and experience of Panasonic and NXP.”
Meier cited an example in the combination of NXP’s 88W8977 SoC on Panasonic’s PAN9026 module, enabling both companies to build short-range wireless technologies into one chip.
The PAN9026 module.
NXP Semiconductors’ Ecosystem Member program provides engineering services, reference boards and other tools and software for engineers as they bring their products to market. The Gold membership tier offers “the knowledge and experience to round out the enablement and implementation of total system solutions,” NXP’s website states.
Through the partner program, Panasonic Industry Europe has listed several products combined with NXP’s offerings, including a Bluetooth low energy module for IoT applications, a 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n embedded Wi-Fi module, a Wi-Fi 3 radio module, and a Wi-Fi 4 radio module with integrated Bluetooth technology. Panasonic also offers design and integration support and engineering services for its wireless connectivity products.
The companies presented an example of the benefits of the expanded partnership in a webinar on September 16, featuring a live demonstration of Panasonic’s PAN9026 Wi-Fi module running on NXP’s i.MX RT1060 microcontroller units.