Nordic nRF7002 Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC
Nordic’s first Wi-Fi product
The potential synergy between Nordic Semiconductor’s low-power wireless heritage and Wi-Fi’s latest low-power evolution now enables battery-powered IoT devices. Nordic uses the decades of wireless ultra-low-power expertise and maximize Wi-Fi’s low-power potential in applications such as sensor networks, smart speakers, security cameras, home appliances, robot vacuums, and more. The launch makes Nordic Semiconductor one of the few companies in the world to offer all three of the world’s most popular wireless IoT technologies: Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi, and cellular IoT.
Nordic nRF7002: Ultra-Low Power, Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC
The nRF7002 is a companion IC, providing seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi-based locationing (SSID sniffing of local Wi-Fi hubs). It is designed to be used alongside Nordic’s existing nRF52® and nRF53® Series Bluetooth Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), and nRF91® Series cellular IoT Systems-in-Package (SiPs). The nRF7002 can also be used in conjunction with non-Nordic host devices.
The nRF7002 is the first device in Nordic’s portfolio of unique Wi-Fi products that will combine seamlessly with Nordic’s existing ultra-low power technologies. Nordic brings decades of ultra-low-power wireless IoT and silicon design expertise to Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi 6 they bring added benefits to IoT applications including further efficiency gains that support long-life, battery-powered Wi-Fi operation. With Wi-Fi 6 all wireless protocols used in Matter, Bluetooth LE for commissioning, Thread for low power mesh, and Wi-Fi for high-throughput, are supported. Matter is a protocol championed by Apple, Amazon, Google, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, and hundreds of other companies in consumer IoT.
Nordic nRF7002 Development Kit
The nRF7002 DK is the development kit for the nRF7002 Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC. It contains everything needed to get started developing on a single board and allows for evaluating the nRF7002. The DK features an nRF5340 multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) as a host processor for the nRF7002. The DK supports the development of low-power Wi-Fi 6 applications and enables applications to use Wi-Fi 6 features like OFDMA, Beamforming, and Target Wake Time. To communicate with the host, SPI or QSPI can be used, and an extra coexistence feature allows for seamless coexistence with other protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, or Zigbee. The nRF7002 is integrated and supported in Nordic’s nRF Connect SDK.