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    u-blox Launches NORA-W4 Module: Next-Generation IoT Connectivity Solution

    In a move set to revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape, u-blox has introduced the NORA-W4 module, a cutting-edge solution tailored to meet the evolving demands of IoT applications. This state-of-the-art module, hailed as the most cost-effective and reliable single-band Wi-Fi 6 module on the market, promises to redefine connectivity standards for battery-operated devices.

    Designed to address the burgeoning needs of various sectors including smart homes, asset tracking, healthcare, and industrial automation, the NORA-W4 module integrates advanced wireless technologies including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3, Thread, and Zigbee. Boasting compact dimensions of just 10.4 x 14.3 x 1.9 mm, the module is built on the Espressif ESP32-C6 System-on-Chip, offering a single-band tri-radio Wi-Fi 6 solution.

    One of the standout features of the NORA-W4 module is its ability to enable battery-powered IoT nodes to operate directly over Wi-Fi, eliminating the necessity for a Bluetooth gateway and subsequently reducing system-level costs. This attribute is particularly advantageous for wireless battery-operated sensors and similar applications, promising enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

    Key features of the NORA-W4 module include:

    • Integration of Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3, Zigbee, and Thread connectivity.
    • Support for Wi-Fi 6 Target Wake Time and low-power peripherals.
    • Comprehensive security features ensure enhanced protection.
    • Compact design with various antenna options and compatibility with other NORA modules.
    • Support for the Matter protocol over Wi-Fi or Thread.
    • Global certification ensures usability worldwide.

    Emphasizing the significance of Wi-Fi 6 technology, the module is optimized for IoT environments, offering reduced network congestion and improved throughput in crowded settings such as factories and warehouses. Moreover, its compatibility with Wi-Fi 4 ensures seamless integration with existing infrastructure.

    Security remains a top priority, with the module incorporating features such as secure boot, a trusted execution environment, and flash encryption. Offering six variants catering to diverse requirements, the module provides options for open CPU or u-connectXpress, antenna pin or PCB antenna, and 4MB or 8MB flash memory.

    Early samples of the NORA-W4 module are currently available, with volume production slated to commence in the second half of 2024. This milestone launch underscores u-blox’s commitment to delivering innovative solutions that push the boundaries of IoT connectivity.


    Himanshu Vaibhav
    Himanshu Vaibhav
    Himanshu Vaibhav is a distinguished Technology Journalist associated with and With expertise in researching, writing, and editing, he demonstrates a deep understanding of technology, particularly in the EV industry. His continuous updates on EV, Automotive, and E-mobility industries reflect his commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging trends.

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