Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has optimized its Broadcom-enabled wireless modules to easily integrate with Freescale’s i.MX applications processors for smart, secure and connected solutions in the consumer, industrial and automotive segments. The electronic components manufacturer also announced it has joined the Freescale Connect Partner Program as a Proven Partner.
The partnership leverages Freescale’s i.MX applications processors - multicore ARM-based solutions developed for multimedia and display applications with scalability, advanced security, and power-performance capabilities, which can be used to deliver connectivity solutions to emerging markets such as the Internet of Things (IoT) - and Murata’s solutions that simplify wireless development and certification by minimizing the amount of RF expertise needed to develop new products.
“One of the key attributes is the speed in which customers must get new IoT products to market. It is not just this turn-around time that poses a difficulty, but many are enabling connectivity for the first time and do not have the core hardware and software expertise,” said Mehul Udani, general manager of Connectivity Solutions Group, Murata Americas, in a statement. “We are excited about this partnership as it fills a void in the market for a solution that comes integrated with Broadcom’s most advanced WiFi and Bluetooth integrated with the i.MX processor.”
“Murata is a great addition to the Freescale Connect Partner Program. Murata’s strength in innovating high quality wireless modules is a very complementary enablement for the i.MX series of application processors, which are becoming pervasive in the industry," said Ron Martino, vice president, Applications Processors and Advanced Technology Adoption, Freescale, in a statement. "Murata’s scalable connectivity solution and integration into Freescale’s proven BSP allows an enhanced customer experience that drastically reduces time to market."
Murata modules are also enabled with Broadcom’s latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready combo ICs, including pre-integrated drivers and Bluetooth stacks to meet a variety of applications. “Broadcom’s pre-integrated connectivity features coupled with Freescale’s platform enables native support to significantly reduce the customer’s development cycle,” said Murata.
“We are excited to introduce our latest wireless innovations integrated in a turn-key reference platform via our collaboration with Murata. Broadcom’s advanced WiFi and Bluetooth offerings are efficiently designed into Murata modules which are incorporated in Freescale’s i.MX platform, allowing customers to streamline their development process to deliver wirelessly connected products to a diverse and growing IoT market,” said Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom senior director of product marketing, in a statement.
Depending on the features, Murata and Broadcom’s connectivity modules target a variety of vertical markets. Options include 11ac/abgn, 11abgn, and 11bgn and include combo products with advanced coexistence as with Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart Ready stacks. The portfolio includes SIPs that are pre-certified modules for a variety of applications.
Murata has been ramping up its IoT partnerships for its wireless modules over the past year, particularly on the services side to make it easier to design in components. One example is the partnership between Murata and Ayla Networks that allows the companies to co-market integrated connectivity modules, services, and technologies. Under the partnership, Murata will manufacture and market the Wi-Fi modules that use the Ayla Embedded Agent software. When combined with the Ayla Cloud Services and Mobile Applications, the end-to-end solution allows the end users -- consumers, manufacturers, and service providers -- to remotely communicate with devices, collect data and automate operations via the Ayla Cloud Services.
Udani previously said that the collaboration provides “…manufacturers with a drop-in, total solution for virtually any product with a circuit board.”
Murata also formed a strategic relationship with Electric Imp, an IoT-based service platform provider that connects devices to the Internet, to produce and sell its next-generation of Wi-Fi enabled connectivity module. The Murata-produced Wi-Fi modules serve as the gateway for manufacturers to connect their products to the Internet, said Electric Imp.