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?Watt FPGAs enhanced to support 802.11 a/b/g chipsets

Posted: 20 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:quicklogic? atheros communications? uwatt? fpga? 802.11a/b/g chipset?

QuickLogic Corp. has teamed up with Atheros Communications by optimizing its ?Watt FPGAs for Atheros' line of 802.11a/b/g chipsets and developing a Wi-Fi connectivity solution for its AR5006XS single-chip miniPCI module.

The QuickPCI-based bridge connects Atheros' PCI-based wlan chipsets and embedded processors that do not natively support PCI. The single-chip, low-power programmable bridge is aimed at several applications, including handheld GPS, VoWLAN PDAs and smartphones.

The Wi-Fi connectivity solution based on the AR5006XS single-chip 802.11a/b/g miniPCI module includes a daughtercard that easily plugs into Intel's PXA270-based processor developer kit (Mainstone DVK). The daughtercard connects into the DVK's VLIO connector and empowers the WLAN module through a miniPCI connector.

"QuickLogic's low power programmable interconnect solutions enable our customers to extend wireless LAN connectivity to mobile embedded systems such as VoIP phones, and PDAs," said Craig Barratt, president and chief executive of Atheros.

The Wi-Fi connectivity solution also includes a Board Support Package (BSP) for the Linux OS. QuickLogic plans to support the Windows CE and Windows Mobile operating systems in the future.

The entire design helps designers quicken time-to-market and reduce development costs. QuickLogic's programmable bridge, which is powered by a battery, provides additional power-management functions that increase system-operating time.

The QuickPCI bridge for Atheros' line of 802.11a/b/g chipsets cost $5 each in volume. It has been released for production.

- Ismini Scouras


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