Home broadband access is undergoing the biggest change since the advent of low-cost fiber. Millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio technology is bringing fiber-like speeds without the cost of digging up consumers’ yards to lay new cables. The problems associated with mmWave signal propagation have been mitigated with massive MIMO and signal processing, techniques that NXP’s Airfast modules and Layerscape Access processors have helped enable. However, as with fiber access, the challenge of bringing the broadband connection indoors has remained. The existing approach is to have a technician visit the site and route cabling and possibly power to outdoors, incurring cost, inconveniencing customers, and potentially damaging property.
At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, NXP demonstrated how its contactless power and connectivity technology overcomes this challenge. NXP’s wireless power technology efficiently transmits power through a window—one made of low-E glass, no less—from a small indoor unit mounted on the window to a corresponding outdoor unit. The same units also transmit broadband data at gigabit speeds using NXP’s wireless data-link technology based on a Layerscape Access programmable baseband processor. This innovative through-glass approach overcomes a practical and economic challenge of internet service providers and helps enhance customer satisfaction.
- Complete wireless data + power solution.
- Proprietary Wireless Data-Link technology enables Gigabit speeds and sub-millisecond latency.
- 65W+ Wireless Power delivery with robust voltage source characteristics & high efficiency.