Qualcomm announces QCA4012 chip with dual band Wi-Fi, improved security and more


Qualcomm has announced a new QCA4012 chip that brings dual band Wi-Fi, enhanced security and low power for connected devices. The QCA4012 brings dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity as compared to the single-band solution for QCA4010 single-band solution.

The QCA4012 also offers increased computing performance, memory and advanced features while minimizing size, cost and power consumption. It integrates low-power Wi-Fi and a fully featured micro-control unit (MCU) in a single-chip solution that combines design flexibility and rich development capabilities with a comprehensive set of hardware interfaces.

Key features of QCA4012 chip:

  • Dual Band capable of supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for more robust Wi-Fi connections, with antenna diversity for extended range coverage
  • Full MCU capability with 1.5MB on-chip RAM for future upgradability of features and bug fixes, which is critical for applications with long life cycles
  • Enhanced security with secure boot, over-the-air (OTA) secure software update, anti-rollback, one-time-programmable (OTP) memory and on-chip crypto engine for application-level security
  • Rich interfaces including UART, HS-UART, I2C, I2S, up to 42 GPIOs, PWMs, ADCs, SPI/SDIO to directly interconnect to sensors, actuators, display, lighting and audio components
  • Low power Wi-Fi to support energy efficient applications
  • Pin-compatible part to support I-temp

The company also announced the expansion of the QCA401x software ecosystem to include support for HomeKit, Google Weave and AllJoyn, as well as new cloud providers.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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