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.