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WLAN module boosts home connectivity

Posted: 07 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN support? 802.11n module? wireless solutions?

NXP Semiconductors has introduced an 802.11n module compatible with CE devices in a wireless network that operates in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

The MRX2000 module has been optimized for high-definition video streaming and can be integrated in applications ranging from STBs and digital media adapters to routers and home cinema systems. NXP noted that the 802.11n device overcomes the limitations of existing 802.11a/b/g wireless solutions.

"With this module, CE manufacturers can easily upgrade their stand-alone products to fully networked devices capable of reliably transferring HD video content from one device to another," said Thomas Fengel, RF solutions marketing manager at NXP. The MRX2000 is backward compatible with earlier 802.11a/b/g applications and does not interfere with household applications such as microwave ovens or cordless phones.

The module supports mainstream OS driversincluding Windows XP and Vistaand various Linux offerings. Fengel said the MRX2000 has been thoroughly tested.

As a standard, 802.11n is an important speed boost from current Wi-Fi technology. While 802.11a and 80.211g transfer files at 54Mbps, the 802.11n specification runs at speeds of up to 74Mbps indoors at a distance of more than 220 feet. The specification is expected to be formally ratified by the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee next year.

- W. David Gardner

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