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UWB PHY device combines RF, BB components in single chip

Posted: 28 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:realtek semiconductor? ultrawideband? uwb? rtl8170? uwb phy?

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. announced it is entering the UWB market with the RTL8170, a highly integrated, high performance UWB physical layer (PHY) solution based on the wimedia Alliance PHY specification. This new chip combines RF and baseband components in a single CMOS chip.

The RTL8170 design includes a WiMedia MAC-PHY interface, and thus can be combined with any WiMedia MAC solution. With data rates up to 480Mbps and support for Transmit Power Control and Link Quality Indication, this new product is suitable for immediate use in combination with MAC solutions implementing Certified Wireless USB (from the USB-IF) and WiNET (IP over UWB).

Measuring 7-by-7mm, the RTL8170 comes with a compact reference design providing support from MAC-PHY interface to antenna. The design has minimal external components and fits in a design footprint of 12-by-12mm.

The RTL8170 is planned to sample to customers in Q4 2005. It is being exhibited at the Wireless USB Developers Conference in Tokyo (Sept. 28-29).

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