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Atmel, Wavesat collaborate to offer WiMAX miniPCI reference design

Posted: 22 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Atmel? Wavesat? WiMAX? mini-PCI? MAX-Link AT86?

Atmel Corp. announced a collaboration with Wavesat to offer a WiMAX mini-PCI reference design, that promises to provide the industry's lowest cost WiMAX-compliant customer premise equipment (CPE).

According to the press release, the reference design will include Atmel's MAX-Link AT86RF535A 3.5GHz WiMAX-specific transceiver, Wavesat's DM256 baseband, interfaces, all external filters and components and software in a mini-PCI module. In addition, the design is developed to provide OEMs with a quickly deployable WiMAX end-product. With an expected BOM of under $100, this design is projected to save OEMs 25 percent in cost compared to competing WiMAX CPE solutions and will be available in July.

The low BOM cost of the reference design is largely attributable to Atmel's AT86RF535A MAX-Link low IF transceiver, the company said. The MAX-Link transceiver achieves -34dBm of TX-EVM, including Balun, exceeding the requirement for WiMAX certification, and has fewer external components than conventional, off-the-shelf 802.16 radios.

Additionally, AT86RF535A's supply current is 200mA in receive mode and 320mA in transmit mode at -5dBm including Balun. This comparatively low power consumption reduces the average power requirement of the mini-PCI by more than 30 percent to just 3.2W.

The high level of integration of the AT86RF535A, combined with its low IF architecture, result in a miniPCI WiMAX end-product that has 20 percent fewer components and $30 less cost in the BOM than any currently-available reference design.

The mini-PCI board with Atmel RF will be included in Wavesat WiMAX reference kits. Kits will include a complete WiMAX system, software license with full maintenance contract, and reference design including BOM and Gerber files.

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