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TI offers enhanced connectivity thru USB

Posted: 15 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:texas instruments? ti? ieee 802.11 b/g? universal serial bus? usb?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced a high-performance, cost-optimized IEEE 802.11 b/g system solution with universal serial bus (USB) 2.0 capabilities. According to TI, the tnetw1450 mac (media access controller) baseband processor coupled with TI's TNETW3422/TNETW3426 flexible radios enables manufacturers to seamlessly add wireless connectivity to devices with USB ports.

This WLAN solution combines the TNETW1450 with the TNETW3422, a highly optimized 2.4GHz single-chip, RF transceiver/power amplifier and the TNETW3426 RF front end (RFFE) that supports IEEE 802.11 b/g standards. This system solution provides a significant reduction in board size compared to TI's previous 802.11 chipsets, utilizing fewer discrete components than currently used in competitive solutions, said the press release.

The solution also includes optimized design and test tools, which eliminate interoperability issues and reduce design time. The hardware and supporting software meet the highest level of security and quality-of-service (QoS) standards, including Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) and Cisco Compatible Extensions Program 2.0 (CCX 2.0).

"With this latest solution, consumers simply plug the USB adapter into their PC's USB port and it seamlessly interacts with the broadband gateway," said Marcelo Vieira, director of marketing and business development for TI's WLAN business unit. "TI at both ends also allows consumers to enjoy increased data rates beyond 802.11g and enhanced connectivity."

The system solution, including hardware and software, will be available by the end of the first quarter, with select customer engagements currently underway.

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