The 88W8987 is a highly integrated WLAN (2.4/5 GHz) and Bluetooth single-chip solution, specifically designed to support the speed, reliability, and quality requirements of next generation Very High Throughput (VHT) products. The System-on-Chip (SoC) provides both simultaneous and independent operation of IEEE 802.11ac (Wave 2), 1x1 with data rates up to MCS9 (433 Mbit/s), and Bluetooth 5 (includes Low Energy (LE)). The SoC also provides Bluetooth Smart Ready operation and WLAN indoor location positioning (802.11mc).
Host interfaces include SDIO 3.0 and high-speed UART interfaces for connecting WLAN and Bluetooth technologies to the host processor. The device is designed with 2 front-end configurations to accommodate WLAN and Bluetooth on either separate or shared paths:
- 2-antenna configuration—1x1 WLAN and Bluetooth on separate paths (nonshared LNA) (QFN)
- 1-antenna configuration—1x1 WLAN and Bluetooth path shared the same RF paths (shared LNA) (eWLP)