Synaptics delivers Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 IoT device connectivity

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Synaptics has expanded its wireless connectivity family for the Internet of Things (IoT) with the introduction of the SYN43711.

A Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 combo system on chip (SoC), it adds to the portfolio of products tailored for the high-performance segment of the market.

The SYN43711 explicitly targets use cases that demand better Wi-Fi throughput and range with seamless network interoperability. Specific applications include high-end home appliances, surveillance cameras, robots, and other consumer, industrial, and enterprise systems.

“Wireless is integral to Synaptics' comprehensive ‘Sense, Process, Connect’ strategy and product portfolio for the IoT,” explained Brandon Bae, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Synaptics. “The SYN43711 is a high-performance Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solution that enables a broader range of network edge applications. These include video distribution, where consistently high throughput is required, and AI-enabled compute, where data must be communicated securely and reliably with low latency.”

The SYN43711 is a single-stream (1x1, 600 Mbps) device that complements Synaptics’ dual-stream (2x2, 1200 Mbps) SYN43756E and its triple Combo (SYN438x series). According to the company, the SYN43711 will give customers a more cost-effective, small-form-factor option.

Innovations include support for Wi-Fi Sensing, using a proprietary algorithm to analyse Channel State Information (CSI). The algorithm allows any Wi-Fi-connected embedded device to detect the presence of humans, estimate their motion, approximate their location, and sense subtle gestures and movements, like breathing.

The SYN43711 operates in the 2.4, 5, and 6 GHz bands and features Synaptics’ Smart Co-Ex technology providing Wi-Fi/Bluetooth coexistence.

It is IEEE 802.11ax compliant and supports Bluetooth 5.3 with LE Audio for multiple concurrent Bluetooth connections and audio streams, including Auracast. A shared Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receive signal path eliminates the need for an external RF switch while maintaining high sensitivity.

The SYN43711 is available in the two most widely used WLBGA packages: standard and plated-through-hole (PTH) compatible. PTH lowers PCB implementation costs.