NXP Makes Moves in IoT, Wearable 5G Markets
The WaRP7 NFC-enabled microprocessor unit (MPU) reference design is being developed by Element 14, part of the Premiere Farnell Group, with NXP. The platform includes NXP's i.MX 7Solo applicaton processor, PF3001 power management IC, BC3770 battery charger, three NXP sensors and an NFC IC. It also will be available in April starting at $99. At the MWC, NXP unveiled the fruits of a partnership with Bell Labs, the research division of Nokia, to create universal access devices that can combine wireline and wireless access support, including support for cable and DSL/copper on the wireline side and LTE and 5G standards in a single modem on the wireless side. The two organizations demonstrated the technology at the show. In addition, NXP officials said the company was making a strategic alignment that includes technologies from both NXP and Freescale to help accelerate innovation around 5G, the upcoming standard for next-generation wireless networks that promises to bring as much as 100 times the throughput as 4G. "With the recent combination of NXP and Freescale, the key building blocks for creating the highly integrated, high-performance RF front-end solutions 5G requires are now aligned under the NXP umbrella," Paul Hart, senior vice president and general manager of the RF power business at NXP, said in a statement. "We have the unique opportunity to deliver mobile device levels of power amplifier integration at infrastructure power levels."