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MAYA-W2 IoT module from u-blox comes with dual-band WiFi 6, Bluetooth LE 5.2, and Zigbee/Thread connection

u-blox MAYA-W2 is a tri-radio IoT module based on the NXP IW612 or IW611 chipset that supports dual-band WiFi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2, and IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee) connection.

MAYA-W2 IoT module from u-blox comes with dual-band WiFi 6, Bluetooth LE 5.2, and Zigbee/Thread connection

The module comes with a PCB antenna, u.FL connections, and/or antenna pins, and can handle up to 600 Mbps link speed. It is designed for industrial and consumer mass-market applications such as industrial automation, smart building & energy management, healthcare, smart home, and more.


u-blox MAYA-W2 highlights:

  • Wi-Fi 6
    • 802.11ax dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz
    • Up to 600 Mbit/s throughput
    • Output power EIRP – 18 dBm
    • Operation modes: Access point (up to 16 stations), station, Wi-Fi direct (combinations)
  • Bluetooth 5.2
    • Dual-mode Bluetooth classic and Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2
    • LE Audio
    • Output power EIRP – 20 dBm
    • Bluetooth profiles and services – Bluetooth HCI
  • 802.15.4 radio
    • Supports Thread and Zigbee
  • Support for the Matter protocol
  • Variants with PCB-antenna, U.FL connectors, and antenna pins
  • I/Os – 1x UART, 1x SDIO, 1x PCM; IW612 only: SPI
  • Security – Secure boot and secure OTP; WPA3 security
  • Supply Voltage – 3.3V (3.0 to 3.6V)
  • Dimensions – 10.4 x 14.3 x 1.9 mm
  • Temperature Range – -40 to +85°C

Four variants are available, each with a different antenna and chip configuration:

  • MAYA-W260-00B – NXP IW611 chip with 2x U.FL connectors for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • MAYA-W261-00B – NXP IW611 chip with 2x antenna pins for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • MAYA-W266-00B – NXP IW611 chip with 1x antenna – pin or embedded PCB antenna – for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • MAYA-W271-00B – NXP IW612 chip with 2x antenna pins for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth/802.15.4.

I'd never heard of IW611, and it's not listed on the NXP website at the moment. However, based on the aforementioned specs, it appears to be comparable to the IW612 but without the 802.15.4 radio.

The M.2 Type 2230 Key E u-blox M2-MAYA-W2 card has the same functionality as the module and is compatible with NXP i.MX evaluation and development boards. Because the new MAYA-W2 is pin-to-pin compatible, upgrading your WiFi 4 design to WiFi 6 should be simple. The NXP i.MX BSPs include open-source Linux and Android, while the MCUXpresso software development kit includes pre-integrated FreeRTOS software drivers (SDK).

M2-MAYA-W2 card M.2 card with MAYA-W2 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 802.15.4 module

As far as I'm aware, there are no WiFi 6 IoT modules available right now, despite announcements for Laird Sterling 70 Series modules, Tuya AXBU module, and ESP32-C6 2.4 GHz WiFI 6 SoC. There isn't any tri-band WiFI 6/Bluetooth/802.15.4 IoT module that comes to mind.

The u-blox MAYA-W2 is also not available, however, we do know that samples and assessment kits will be available starting in June 2022. More information is available on the module and M.2 card product websites, as well as in the news release.

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