NXP announces its first Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band system-on-chip (SoC) to support
the 6GHz band that expands spectrum available for Wi-Fi by up to 1.2GHz.
The CW641 is designed for access points and service provider gateways to
enable end network devices to take full advantage of the 6GHz spectrum.
NXP answers customer demands for greater capacity in wireless networking and
supports 160-MHz channel bandwidth with PHY rates of 4.8Gbps and over 4Gbps
of real-world throughput.
Jan. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:
NXPI) today announced it is laying the foundation for a new era of Wi-Fi 6
devices that can operate in the 6GHz band with its new
CW641 Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band system-on-chip (SoC).
With increasing congestion in the legacy 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, the US FCC
has approved 1.2GHz of unlicensed spectrum for the 6GHz band along with other
regions around the world, which will transform the Wi-Fi landscape. NXP is
introducing a Wi-Fi 6E device that will make use of this 6GHz band and extend
Wi-Fi capacity by bringing higher throughput, increased capacity, reliability,
and improved latency.
Designed for access points and service provider gateways, the CW641 unlocks
increased speeds of over 4Gbps and multi-user performance in the new 6GHz
band, providing greater capacity and lower latency, which dramatically
improves the Wi-Fi user experience. Adding 6GHz capabilities to gateway
platforms gives service providers options to efficiently partition available
bandwidth across devices to ensure optimum user experience for a wide range of
applications. Mission critical, high bandwidth, low latency applications like
mesh back haul and cloud gaming are ideal for migration to 6GHz, freeing up
the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands for other lower bandwidth applications.
NXP's new Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band SoC makes it possible to take full advantage of
the transformative 6GHz spectrum to boost the performance of in-home mesh
networks, streaming high-resolution music and videos, online gaming, video
calling, digital downloads, data-heavy web content, and numerous other use
cases. Beyond access point applications, the CW641 SoC sets the stage for high
performance Wi-Fi 6E applications across consumer, automotive, industrial, and
Internet of Things (IoT).
Key features of CW641 include:
- 4x4 Wi-Fi device with 4-spatial streams.
- Supports 6GHz, 5GHz and 2.4GHz operation.
- 160/80/40/20MHz channel bandwidth.
- Peak PHY rate of 4.8Gbps.
- Uplink and downlink OFDMA.
- Uplink and downlink MU-MIMO.
"NXP's Wi-Fi 6E chipset combines multi-gigabyte data rates, low latency, and
higher multi-user performance to deliver on customer demands for 6GHz products
that address the decade-long need for the greater capacity required in today's
wireless networking applications," said Larry Olivas, Head of
Marketing for NXP's Wireless Connectivity Solutions. "As our first Wi-Fi 6E
SoC to support the 6GHz spectrum, the CW641 enhances the overall Wi-Fi
experience by making less congested airwaves available to routers and gateways
for multi-device, data-intensive applications. Our new chipset makes it
possible to take advantage of this new uncongested bandwidth, which will
provide increased performance with less interference for devices on the Wi-Fi
"The increased availability of unlicensed 6GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi is the most
exciting and transformative change to the Wi-Fi landscape in recent times,
bringing about much higher throughput, greater capacity, increased
reliability, and improved quality of service, all of which will help enable
new wireless services while addressing key challenges currently facing the
technology," saidAndrewZignani, Principal Analyst at ABI Research.
"However, in order to realize this potential, the Wi-Fi industry requires new
Wi-Fi 6E chipsets that can effectively address the varied demands of the
market. Solutions such as NXP's latest CW641 Wi-Fi 6E chipset will play a
fundamental role in enabling the 6GHz infrastructure rollout, allowing a
varied ecosystem of end devices, applications and services to take advantage
of this enormous new opportunity for Wi-Fi."
CW641 Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band SoC
is sampling now.
CES 2021 Featurette: How Wi-Fi 6 is Driving the Next Wave of Wireless
and NXP, a new research paper titled "How Wi-Fi 6 is Driving the Next Wave of Wireless Innovation," highlights the benefits that Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E will bring
across various verticals, while providing insight into market opportunities,
challenges, recommendations, and forecasts for Wi-Fi 6. As a key highlight,
this paper also details how emerging chipsets are addressing the future
challenges and evolving demands of these markets, while supporting new
innovative deployments and case studies.
Additionally, as part of
NXP Live 2021
experience, NXP sits down with ABI Research during a special video
fireside chat to discuss the latest in wireless networking tech and explore
the challenges and opportunities, new market applications, trends, and
predictions from NXP's newly commissioned study on Wi-Fi 6. This fireside chat
Rafael Sotomayor, EVP & GM Connectivity and Security
with NXP Semiconductors
Andrew Zignani, Principal Analyst with
NXP announces its first Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band system-on-chip (SoC) to
support the 6GHz band that expands spectrum available for Wi-Fi by up to
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