We are clearly living in a wireless world. More than ever before, wireless
technologies have become our invisible partners in just about every part of life,
bringing new levels of convenience, connectedness and efficiency to all the
ways we experience the world.
Here at NXP, our in-house experts build on decades of leadership in RF
technology not only to guide the ongoing expansion of wireless, but also
innovate across the entirety of the wireless spectrum. Together with our
partners and customers, we advance society by driving new levels of innovation
across our smart connected world.
As June and July are unofficially considered connectivity months here at NXP, we
are taking a moment to share what we we view as the latest in wireless
trends, and also highlight the many ways NXP is reimagining what it means to
connect and interact with the world around us.
- 5G Infrastructure is Rapidly Expanding
The transition to 5G cellular is fully underway worldwide, creating networks
that can carry substantially more data with significantly greater
responsiveness and reliability. To support upcoming 5G use cases and
services, however, network carriers face a number of critical challenges
associated with deploying such new and complex infrastructure.
At NXP, we’re working with partners to meet these challenges, making it easier
and faster to address tasks like network densification and diversification,
all while increasing power efficiency and reducing the network’s carbon
footprint. Our latest RF multi-chip modules (MCMs), for example, use a subtle
combination of LDMOS and GaN technologies to dramatically improve efficiency,
so the RF chain uses far less energy. Also, to support Massive MIMO – an
antenna innovation essential for increasing capacity – we offer sophisticated
beamforming ICs, which increase throughput while reducing interference. The
result is more efficient operation in both the Sub-6 GHz and mmWave regions of
the 5G spectrum. Completing our antenna-to-processor portfolio, our Layerscape
Access programmable baseband processors continue to evolve with standards and
deployment configurations for commercial 5G.
- Contactless Mobility Is Letting People Get Back to Their Lives
Smartphones, wearables and other mobile and portable devices are no strangers to our MIFARE and NFC
These two interoperable contactless technologies work at close range to deliver contactless experiences that minimize effort,
increase personalization and deliver the wow-factor that today’s consumers crave. Our MIFARE 2GO cloud service, for securely digitizing MIFARE product -based credentials,
is quickly becoming the safe, easy way to deliver new contactless capabilities and supports mobile transport ticketing, micropayments, physical access, loyalty programs and more.
- 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and RAIN RFID Are Working Together to Drive Adoption of Industry 4.0
From production to warehousing and delivery, Industry 4.0 use cases are leveraging next-generation Wi-Fi 6 and 5G to wirelessly gather, analyze, interact with and leverage real-time information.
We see these two emerging technologies working together, with seamless handoffs between Wi-Fi 6/6E and private 5G networks to provide complete coverage throughout a site,
both inside and in the open air. We’ve optimized both our Wi-Fi 6/6E and 5G portfolios to ensure robust, high-QoS, industrial-grade network performance, and we deliver high performance on
both sides of the access/client transaction. Extending the options into the supply chain, our comprehensive RAIN RFID
solutions continue to provide greater transparency and real-time traceability, with high-level security features, for everything from raw materials to finished goods.
- The Smart Home Is Breaking Down Interoperability Walls, Making Residential Automation Easier and More Self-Aware
New features for home automation, many of them based on wireless standards, are gaining ground, but with so many different connectivity protocols to choose from,
and so many different ecosystems to consider, it’s hard to know how to proceed, whether you’re a developer defining new products or a consumer considering a purchase.
A new industry effort, called Matter (originally called Project CHIP) promises to create the unification, security and plug-and-play
operation that smart home requires.
Started by the Connected Standards Alliance (formerly the Zigbee Alliance) and supported by Amazon, Apple, Google and other prominent players (including NXP),
Matter creates a common language that different protocols can use without additional translation, and will define an all-new certification program for compliant
products. Also just as impressive, our ultra-wideband (UWB)
and Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) solutions are delivering spatial awareness to things throughout the home, as illustrated by Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag+.
- Cars Are Becoming the Ultimate Edge Devices
Vehicles are connected like never before, using a variety of connectivity protocols to increase safety, enhance enjoyment and add automation. For example,
5G and Wi-Fi 6/6E enable broadband to let vehicle stream infotainment and receive updates from the cloud. V2X communication provides interaction with other
cars and the city infrastructure, thereby reducing congestion and preventing accidents. UWB turns your smartphone into a digital key, allowing hands-free access
and ignition, and even lets you grant temporary access to other people. Secure RAIN RFID has a role to play, too,
by giving your vehicle the ability to make payments, so you can seamlessly pay for road tolls, access parking lots, purchase fuel or even pick up dinner at the drive-through on your way home.
- Cities Are Becoming Smarter and Saving Energy Along the Way
The IoT is home to a wide range of smart city applications, from smart infrastructure items like street lights, trash bins and parking meters to systems that monitor air quality,
noise pollution and traffic congestion. Many IoT deployments are taking advantage of new 5G networks, which are designed to support massive quantities of IoT sensors and the like,
but IoT developers are also making use of excess capacity in legacy 2G/3G/4G networks. low-power Wireless LAN (LPWAN) technologies, which includes the NB-IoT and CAT-M categories of
3GPP-defined cellular technology, as well as the narrowband connectivity protocol SigFox, require less energy to run and use legacy networks to deliver the longer battery life,
reliable coverage, high network capacity and lower operating costs that smart city applications need.
Connecting Possibilities with NXP
Starting next week and over the next couple months, NXP will be put a giant spotlight on these wireless trends and our enabling solutions. We’ll explore new use cases, markets,
technologies and more, so I encourage you to stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can also visit www.nxp.com/connectivity to hear and see more of how we and our partners are connecting possibilities.
NXP Tech Days - Register Now
Starting June 8th, during our NXP Tech Days Connectivity event, we’ll also be taking a deeper technical dive into connectivity.
You’re invited to register today and join us for four weeks of comprehensive training sessions covering some of the hottest wireless
technologies — UWB, Wi-Fi 6, 5G and NFC/MIFARE—across a range of vertical markets and use cases.
Lastly, to kick things off next week—we are excited to host a very special industry panel discussion entitled, ‘Smart Connected Vehicles
That Anticipate and Automate.’ Just as the smartphone opened vast potential for services, big data insights and personal convenience, the modern
connected vehicle offers a wealth of fresh possibilities and untapped potential, this time for carmakers and third parties, as well as consumers.
During this discussion, NXP and our exciting industry guests will explore the issues and technologies that drive tomorrow’s connected vehicles.
There’s a lot on the calendar, so be sure to join us in the coming months as we connect possibilities!