WiLink™ 8 solutions: High-performance Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth® / Bluetooth low energy combo connectivity devices

Low power

Optimized for always-connected profiles and built for battery critical applications using low power modes.

  • Enhanced low-power (ELP) mode while connected
    • ~750uA in station mode
    • ~20mA in soft AP mode
  • Wake on wireless LAN enables the system to go into a low-power state while the wireless IC remains active (for both AP and STATION modes)
  • Ability to go into a low power state in soft AP mode
Certified and easy-to-use

Faster time to market without the need for in-house RF expertise.

  • Pre-certified modules speed time to market
  • Integrated RF and power management reduces the need for wireless expertise
  • Established third party ecosystem facilitates development on multiple platforms and unique use cases
  • Easy integration on mainline Linux® kernel for development with nearly any processor

Single-chip combo connectivity devices with pin-to-pin compatible modules.

  • Single module with pin-to-pin compatible variants
  • Supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands (WL18x7 MOD)
  • Decade of expertise in Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi® coexistence
  • Industrial temperature support from -40 to 85C (WL18x7MOD)
  • Available in consumer, industrial and automotive grade varieties

High throughput and advanced features such as range extension and multi-channel, multi role.

  • Increased range (MRC) and throughput (MIMO) of 100 Mbps on dual-antenna devices (WL18x5MOD/WL18x7MOD)
  • Multi-role capability for STA, AP and P2P modes
  • 5 GHz diversity for increased performance (WL18x7MOD)
  • Enhanced range and sensitivity for dual-mode Bluetooth

Featured WiLink™ 8 solutions

  Wi-Fi® Wi-Fi + Bluetooth® + Bluetooth low energy
Single antenna
Dual-antenna (MIMO, MRC)
Dual-antenna (MIMO, MRC) + Dual-band (2.4GHz + 5GHz)

NOTE: All WL18xxMODs are certified and pin-to-pin compatible

What's new in WiLink 8 solutions

TI Designs

Multi-room audio TI Design

The WiLink™ 8 multi-room audio TI Design demonstrates an audio solution offered by Texas Instruments in partnership with Stream Unlimited (SU). This TI Design features a SU multi-room WL1837MOD audio cape that enables ultra-precise audio synchronization, multi-room capabilities, support for online music services, UPnP and more. The design is also Apple Airplay® certifiable and supports Google Cast™ audio. Visit the wiki to learn more.


TI Designs

5 GHz antenna diversity

The new 5 GHz firmware-based diversity algorithm introduces smart selection of the antenna. This can be used for reception or transmission of a packet based on the signal strength indication (RSSI) value observed during the preamble portion of a packet. The solution is available starting with the WL8 R8.6 SW release.


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