Step by step instructions to how to begin your evaluation for the QCA6174 radio module, the SX-PCEAC2, on the i.MX 8 EVK.
The SX-PCEAC2 is powered by Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174-5 radio chip, which features 2x2 wave 2 MU-MIMO technology. It is a dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac module with Bluetooth support which is designed for devices that require wireless connectivity in a small form factor combined with high performance. The SX-PCEAC2 comes in a half mini-card form-factor that allows customers to easily evaluate the radio with the i.MX 8 with either the NXP provided BSP or the Silex evaluation image.
The NXP i.MX8M ships with the Linux BSP that uses the WLAN ath10k driver. The board data file used is not optimized for best performance for both the on-board radio and the Silex’s SX-PCEAC2. But it does work and is the quickest way to evaluation (Not recommended for evaluation for performance and mass production purposes).
Silex offers an evaluation image that uses the ath10k WLAN driver and has the following advantages
NXP i.MX8M Development Board (MCIMX8M-EVK)
Linux BSP Version L4.9.51_8MQ_GA
ath10k (open source)
What you will need?
SX-PCEAC2-EVKNXP i.MX8M Development Board (MCIMX8M-EVK)8GB SDHC Flash Card (Only required for Silex evaluation image)
You will also need the evaluation software and the step by step instructions in the user guide.
This short video provides step by step instructions to how to begin your evaluation.
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