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SMIC-ASTRI team yields dual-mode UWB MAC ASIC

Posted: 28 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB? ASIC? CMOS dual-mode RFIC?

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have collaborated to provide the world's first dual-mode UWB MAC IC using SMIC's 0.13?m mix-mode CMOS technology. SMIC's RF group provides design supports and mixed-signal RFIC open lab services in Shanghai to advance mixed-signal RFIC development on 0.18?m, 0.13?m, and more advanced technologies. With this project, ASTRI and SMIC hope to foster the development of advanced wireless RFICs in China.

The UWB MAC ASIC is a WiMedia Compliant UWB MAC IC supporting both Wireless Link Protocol (WLP/WiNET), and Information Group Resource Sharing (IGRS) standard networking applications. Included in this ASIC design are advanced multihop connectivity and A/V quality-of-service (QoS) features. This ASIC targets wireless personal area networking (WPAN) applications. The MAC ASIC supports UWB wireless data transmitting and receiving at rates of 53.3Mbit/s, 80Mbit/s, 106.67Mbit/s, 160Mbit/s, 200Mbit/s, 320Mbit/s, 400Mbit/s, and 480Mbit/s. It also provides a 32bit direct PCI 2.2 host bus interface. The MAC ASIC is available in fpBGA-144 package, with drivers and APIs supporting both Windows and Linux.

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