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Azurewave AW-CM276NF Wi-Fi & Bluetooth module

 
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Article updated at 08 Jan 2020
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Introduction

The AW-CM276NF is a Wi-Fi & Bluetooth M.2 LGA Type 1216 module. The device is based on the Marvell 88W8997 chipset and implements the same reference design. For more information about compatible setups please check AW-CM276NF - Azurewave peripheral database.

How to get started

We have a step by step Getting Started Guide for the following modules:

After following the step-by-step guide above, you can visit our article WiFi Support on Toradex’s Linux Images with complementary information.

Embedded Linux - Software Support Status

The on-SoM Wi-Fi module has a device driver and corresponding firmware included in our BSP Layers and Reference Images for Yocto Project as well as TorizonCore by default.

  • The device driver included in BSP 5 is the Marvell WiFi-Ex driver from Mainline Linux kernel, along with its corresponding firmware.
  • Some use cases - such as Wi-Fi client mode + Bluetooth - don't work with this driver. If your use case does not work, please contact our support, as we are doing some tests with the downstream NXP drivers and they seem to work well for some use cases that are not supported by the mainline driver.

Tip: The only SoM with on-SoM Wi-Fi supported by this BSP version is Colibri iMX6ULL.

  • The device driver included in BSP 3 is the Marvell WiFi-Ex driver from Mainline Linux kernel, along with its corresponding firmware.
  • Some use cases - such as Wi-Fi client mode + Bluetooth - don't work with this driver. If your use case does not work, please contact our support, as we are doing some tests with the downstream NXP drivers and they seem to work well for some use cases that are not supported by the mainline driver.
  • You are also encouraged to try a newer Toradex BSP version, if possible. Newer kernel versions might have your specific bug fixed.

Tip: The only SoM with on-SoM Wi-Fi supported by this BSP version is Colibri iMX6ULL.

  • The device driver included in BSP 2.8 is the Marvell WiFi-Ex driver from Mainline Linux kernel, along with its corresponding firmware.
  • Some use cases - such as Wi-Fi client mode + Bluetooth - don't work with this driver. If your use case does not work, please contact our support, as we are doing some tests with the downstream NXP drivers and they seem to work well for some use cases that are not supported by the mainline driver.
  • You are also encouraged to try a newer Toradex BSP version, if possible. Newer kernel versions might have your specific bug fixed.

Certification documents for Azurewave AW-CM276NF Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module

For information about Certification, please refer to Certification documents for Azurewave AW-CM276NF Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module.

Often, to certify your final product, the regulatory agency will require that you configure the Wi-Fi module in a manufacturing mode. This is only possible with the NXP driver. We are working on documenting it, meanwhile contact our support to learn more.

Wi-Fi certification on Wi-Fi accessories recommended for Toradex modules

For information about RF cables and antennas certification, please refer to Wi-Fi certification on Wi-Fi accessories recommended for Toradex modules

Radio Frequency Calibration Data

The AW-CM276NF has been calibrated before shipment, and the data has been recorded in the module's OTP memory. That way, it's not necessary to set any calibration data when using it.

Toradex modules with the AW-CM276NF

System on Module Product Number Version
Apalis iMX8 QuadMax 4GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0037 V1.0A and newer
Apalis iMX8 QuadPlus 2GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 0048 V1.0A and newer
Apalis iMX8X QuadXPlus 2GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0046 V1.0A and newer
Colibri iMX8X QuadXPlus 2GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0038 V1.0A and newer
Colibri iMX8X DualX 1GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 0051 V1.0A and newer
Colibri iMX6ULL 512MB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0040 V1.1A and newer
Colibri iMX6ULL 512MB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 0045 V1.1A and newer
Verdin iMX8M Mini Quad 2GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0055 V1.0B and newer
Verdin iMX8M Mini DualLite 1GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0060 V1.1A and newer
Verdin iMX8M Plus Quad 4GB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth IT 0058 V1.0B and newer

Key features of the AW-CM276NF

  • IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 complaint with Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • x2 MU-MIMO
  • SDIO 3.0, PCIe, USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces support for WLAN
  • USB 3.0/2.0, UART interfaces support for Bluetooth
  • High-speed UART, PCM interfaces
  • Audio Codec interface support
  • Cellular phone co-existence support
  • Sub-meter accuracy WiFi indoor locationing (802.11mc)
  • Multiple power saving modes for low power consumption
  • IEEE 802.11i for advanced security
  • Quality of Service (QoS) support for multimedia applications
  • AP mode (access point) supported, limited by 8 simultaneous connections to the device.