The 88W8978 is a highly integrated WLAN 11n (2.4G/5G) and Bluetooth 5.1 single-chip solution with a highly effective bill of material (BOM). The device has a power optimized architecture and features to save energy for battery powered applications.
The device can extend the coverage range with the Bluetooth 5.1 Long Range feature, the mesh capability of WLAN 802.11s, proprietary DMHR mesh, or Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Low Energy) mesh feature. The range extension is critical for large-size homes, commercial buildings or smart cities to reduce the additional APs or extender cost.
With the Bluetooth 5.1 direction-finding AoA/AoD and WLAN 11mc feature, the device improves the indoor location accuracy for asset management in warehouses or retail stores.
The 2 Mbit/s feature of Bluetooth 5.1 in 88W8978 can accelerate audio streaming and save power. The 802.11e Quality of Service in WLAN improves audio and video quality in applications like IP camera or smart speakers.
The support of WPA3 and high-performance 11i with various encryption mechanisms provide strong security foundation and immune the device from malicious attacks.
The 88W8978 incorporates coexistence to external radios and LTE to support multiple protocols of the IoT gateway.
The 88W8978 supports multiple interfaces: WLAN: SDIO, USB; Bluetooth: SDIO, USB, UART.
The available package is 68-QFN. The operating temperature range is -40 to 85°C.