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Qualcomm Launches New QCA4012 Chip With Enhanced Security And Low Power

Qualcomm has expanded line QCA401x connectivity products with the new QCA4012 chip. Features news became dual-band Wi-Fi, enhanced security, low power consumption and small size. Compared with its predecessor in the person QCA4010, which could only operate at 2.4 GHz, the new chip supports 5 GHz frequency, to avoid interference. However QCA4012 Qualcomm introduced a set of software with support for Apple HomeKit, Google Weave and AllJoyn.

The QCA4012 built 1.5 megabytes memory for possible upgrades and bug fixes in the future. The chip is equipped with a secure boot function, support OTA-upgrade, and is protected by a rollback. Among the novelties of interfaces – UART, HS-UART, I2C, I2S, PWMs, ADCs, SPI / SDIO and 42 GPIO output for connecting additional modules. In addition to the software for integration with Smart home, Qualcomm also released a set of API to work with IoT-cloud.

One of Qualcomm partners in this area has become Silex, which is called the new product an ideal solution for the IoT and has already started the development of products based on the new chip.

Qualcomm says the dual band WiFi capability of QCA4012 complements the existing single band QCA4010, that makes the new product suited for uses in interference-sensitive environments – which could span locations such as hospitals and airports.


Key features of QCA4012 chip:

  • Dual Band capable of supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for more robust Wi-Fi connections, along with antenna diversity for extended range coverage
  • Enhanced security with secure boot, anti-rollback, over-the-air secure software update, one-time-programmable (OTP) memory and on-chip crypto engine for application-level security
  • Low power Wi-Fi to support energy efficient applications
  • Pin-compatible part to support I-temp
  • Rich interfaces including I2C, I2S, UART, HS-UART, up to 42 GPIOs, PWMs, ADCs, SPI/SDIO to directly interconnect to sensors, actuators, lighting, display and audio components
  • Full MCU capability with 1.5MB on-chip RAM for future upgradability of features and bug fixes, that is critical for applications with long life cycles.