U-Blox tri-radio module supports Matter

  • March 29, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Swiss firm U-Blox has announced a compact stand-alone wifi module combining dual-band Wifi 6, Bluetooth LE5.3 and Thread, including support for Matter.

The Iris-W1 comes in four variants, each enabling the user to select among various antennas and software environments.

Targeted segments include industrial automation, medical equipment, EV charging, smart building and smart home including intelligent appliances, after-market telematics, and industrial power tools.

The industrial market could benefit from less data congestion and more power efficiency. With its support for Matter over Thread, wifi and Ethernet, this module provides the technologies for intelligent buildings and smart homes.

It lets users select wifi channels from the 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum. The design makes it compatible with battery-operated devices.

The stand-alone module is built on the NXP RW612 chipset. The embedded Arm Cortex-M33 MCU removes the need for an external processing unit, reducing costs and saving space in the design. With the available RAM and flash memory, users can leverage the processing capabilities for applications.

In addition, its peripheral interface enables more options for the designer.

The tri-radio module with NXP EdgeLock and Arm TrustZone enables secure end-product implementations with reliable authentication, confidentiality and data integrity. By protecting sensitive data and preventing unauthorised access to the product, it suits applications requiring high security.

This tri-radio stand-alone module supports Thread and Matter in addition to wifi and Bluetooth. With its three available radios, it adapts well to a wide range of use cases, providing integrated coexistence between radios and an MCU. With this tri-radio feature, users can expect less radio interference, a lower bill of materials and easier integration.

“U-Blox is a pioneering company in wireless connectivity, always searching to meet the demands of IoT engineers,” said Erik Carlberg, senior product manager at U-Blox. “With this new Wifi 6 module, we will surely enhance current possibilities and reach unexplored market segments.”

With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.