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Metalink IC completes Wi-Fi links

Posted: 06 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:metalink? mtw8170? baseband chip? ieee 802.11n? wi-fi?

Metalink Ltd has introduced its MtW8170 baseband chip, which, when combined with the company's already available mtw8150 rfic, will comprise a single chipset targeting the emerging IEEE 802.11n standard for next-generation Wi-Fi.

The complete chipset provides throughput of up to 243Mbps and supports the whole-house coverage requirement of at least 60Mbps of effective throughput to any room within 60 feet of the transmitter. The MtW8170 uses 2x2 or 2x3 MIMO technology to deliver the extended throughput and quality of service (QoS) necessary for video applications.

In addition to Real-MIMO technology, the chipset utilizes sophisticated techniques such as channel bonding, advanced forward error correction (FEC), and antenna loading to increase WLAN performance, and achieves a 50 percent improvement in MAC efficiency as compared to earlier 802.11 solutions. Adhering to 802.11n standard drafts, the chipset fully supports advanced 802.11i security features and the 802.11e QoS standard.

The chipset can be embedded in digital video recorders, STBs, high-definition TV, media adaptors and other consumer electronics products to enable multimedia connectivity throughout the home.

The MtW8170 will be priced at $25 per chipset in high-volume quantities, and will be available in sample quantities in 3Q 2005.

- Janine Love


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