Rockchip selects Ensigma iEW200 low-power Wi-Fi

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Imagination Technologies has announced that Chinese fabless semiconductor company Rockchip, is using its Ensigma iEW200 integrated RF and baseband low-power Wi-Fi IP.

Rockchip’s next-generation ultra-low-power Wi-Fi IC, the RK2206, will be used for low power Wi-Fi and battery-powered IoT devices. According to Rockchip, it selected Ensigma’s low-power Wi-Fi IP due to the ease of integrating Ensigma’s comprehensive IP with Rockchip’s own technology, enabling faster time to market. The chip is available now in volume.

As Wi-Fi expands into new markets traditionally supplied by low-power connectivity such as Bluetooth Low Energy or IEEE 802.15.4, the power consumption of Wi-Fi has become increasingly important. The iEW200 enables high data-rate applications using low-power consumption.

Commenting Chen Feng, Senior Vice President, Rockchip, said, “iEW200’s performance enables new applications that are simply not possible with competing low-power technologies. From an application perspective, Wi-Fi’s transmission distance naturally enables building-level solutions, while competing technologies need more complex topologies, such as mesh. Using iEW200, Rockchip RK2206 will be more competitive in low-power Wi-Fi applications and meet diversified application demands.”

David Armour, Senior Director, Business Development, Imagination Technologies, added, “The combination of performance and low-power consumption in our range of Wi-Fi IP solutions makes them the ideal for battery-powered IoT devices. We’re delighted to solve the complex problem of bringing Wi-Fi to the low-power IoT market through our collaboration with Rockchip.”