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NXP unrolls 'first' integrated mobile WiMAX transceivers

Posted: 09 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NXP? WiMAX? transceivers? UXF23480? UXF23460?

NXP's fully integrated mobile WiMAX transceiver

NXP has announced a fully integrated, high-performance WiMAX family of transceivers specifically for mobile and handheld applications. Said to be the world's first such products, the 2.3-2.4GHz UXF23480 (for North America and Australia) and the 2.5-2.7GHz UXF23460 (for Taiwan, Japan, North America and Europe) are both fully 802.16e-compliant.

The new transceiver family minimizes the need for additional components, the company said, thus reducing design time and speeding time to market. Combining low power consumption, a noise figure of less than three decibels, and high adjacent channel rejection, NXP said these high-performance transceiver ICs promise significant benefits to mobile, nomadic and fixed wireless access (FWA) equipment.

"The past year has been extremely significant in the development of WiMAX, and recent trials have demonstrated the system's ability to provide wireless broadband over a vast area," said Ruud van den Brink, marketing manager for RF WiMAX product line at NXP. "As devices become smaller, so do the requirements for smaller components. Fully integrated circuits such as the UXF23480/60 are now essential to enable WiMAX to be incorporated into our customer's new products, as space on the PCB becomes a premium, and the need for additional components needs to be minimized."

Some of the biggest challenges for WiMAX-enabled mobile devices are associated with handover from base station to base station. NXP said it has developed a high-quality solution that is proven to offer seamless handover. In addition the UXF23480/60 is an interoperable solution that will work with a variety of basebands by utilizing standard analog I/Q and serial interfacing and co-exists with cellular, WLAN and Bluetooth standards, the company explained.

"As demand for high-speed broadband access on mobile devices grows, NXP's family of WiMAX transceivers will help manufactures quickly integrate this capability into the next generation of consumer gadgets," van den Brink added.

The UXF23480/60 is in volume production and is available immediately.

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