u-blox unveils Bluetooth 5.4 with LE Audio for industrial solutions

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u-blox has announced the launch of the MAYA-W3 family, a series of compact dual-mode Bluetooth LE 5.4 modules with LE Audio.

The modules support Wi-Fi 6/E and have been designed for demanding industrial applications, including healthcare, industrial automation and monitoring, asset tracking and management, and smart home applications.

The MAYA-W3 is available in several variants, offering Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6/E, tri-band, dual-band, and single-band configurations and can be combined with various antennas, such as antenna pin(s) or U.FL connectors. It comes equipped with an LTE filter to coexist with other technologies. The choice of variant depends on the desired performance.

According to TSR (Techno Systems Research), Wi-Fi 6 adoption is expected to increase steadily, reaching almost 50% of the market by 2028, with IoT devices beginning adoption as early as 2024.

The MAYA-W3 series aligns with this trend, bringing Wi-Fi 6 and the 6 GHz band to a broad range of industrial applications. It alleviates network congestion, enhances power efficiency, and can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 ºC to +85 ºC. 

The modules also support designers looking to scale solutions for current and future market trends. Maintaining the same compact dimensions as its predecessors (10 x 14 x 1.9 mm) that will help to simplify migration across generations.

MAYA-W3 includes Bluetooth LE Audio for point-to-point voice communication and voice broadcasting. All module variants hold global certifications for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.    

“MAYA-W3 incorporates the latest wireless technologies, Wi-Fi 6/E and LE Audio. It is a fast time-to-market solution within a compact, cost-efficient and globally certified module.  Its versatility makes it an asset for various applications, including assisted living, power tools, container tracking, and solar inverters, to name a few. Additionally, the u-blox technical support team can assist with fast implementation,” said Sebastian Schreiber, Senior Product Manager for Short Range Radio, u-blox.

MAYA-W3 is based on Infineon chipsets with a tri-band, dual-band, and single-band variant. 

Samples are available now, with volume production scheduled for Q3-2024.