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Fujitsu teams with Wi-LAN to develop W-OFDM chipset

Posted: 12 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fujitsu microelectronics? wi-lan? w-ofdm chipset? asic design?

Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. and Wi-LAN Inc. have partnered to jointly develop a W-OFDM chipset targeted for long-distance wireless application.

Under the agreement, Wi-LAN will adopt Fujitsu's ASIC design flow and foundry service in order to decrease the cost of its W-OFDM proprietary technology - a long-distance wireless connection solution working below 11GHz band.

Wi-LAN currently provides specified FPGA-based chipsets with a selling price at $1,500. The company expects to cut down costs by $300 to $500 by transferring to ASIC design. Wi-LAN claims that its W-OFDM technology can be the "last one kilometer" hub for multi-wireless connection within 3km to 5km semi-diameter range, or implement point-to-point connection within 40km. Wi-LAN has disclosed that the ASIC chipsets are expected to be ready for production within 3 to 6 months.

Although W-OFDM is a proprietary technology, Wi-LAN intends to make the necessary modifications to follow IEEE802.16a standard. It will work with Fujitsu to produce another chipset which comply with this standard. The chipset following 802.16a standard is expected to be ready for production within 12 to 18 months. Both Wi-LAN and Fujitsu have the rights to sell the chipset.

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