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Kit accelerates 802.11n designs

Posted: 17 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? 8012.11 wireless design? PoE?

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC), together with TeamF1 Inc. and Senao Networks Inc., launched a comprehensive hardware/software reference design kit, based on the company's PowerPC 405EX processor, for enterprise 802.11n wireless access points.

"This reference design helps designers support higher frequency radios, higher data rates, a greater number of end users, new security standards, PoE, voice, video and other applications," AMCC said.

Designed to accelerate time-to-market for enterprise 802.11n wireless access points, this reference design is comprised of two key elements: the Managed Access Point Software (MAPS) from TeamF1, and the "Makalu" network appliance hardware reference design platform, developed for AMCC by Senao Networks.

The Makalu network appliance reference design features a form factor of 151mm x 264mm x 43.1mm. The AMCC PowerPC 405EX processor operates at a clock frequency of 600MHz, and features 256Mbyte of DDR2 SDRAM, 64Mbyte of NOR flash, two mini PCIe connectors, two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port, one serial port, one JTAG connector and one trace connector. The flash image includes Linux 2.6 kernel and U-Boot firmware, both provided by Denx Software Engineering, along with a file system that incorporates TeamF1's MAPS firmware.

MAPS is a comprehensive production-ready software package that combines the latest 802.11 wireless standards with field-proven networking and security components. With MAPS, OEMs can differentiate their Wi-Fi AP products by choosing from a wide range of advanced networking and security modules available from TeamF1 as part of its SMBware platform, said AMCC.

Key features of MAPS include dual-band, multimode networks (5GHz and 2.4GHz) capable of delivering high-performance throughput, PoE, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), advanced 802.11 security standards including WEP, WPA, WPA2, (802.11i) for any generation of wireless security in personal and enterprise modes, and Wi-Fi multimedia, which provides improved QoS over wireless connections for better video and voice performance. It also features comprehensive management capabilities with simple network management protocol plus 802.11 MIB support, which enable network administrators to remotely and seamlessly configure, update, and monitor multiple devices.

AMCC provides a fully packaged reference design kit that includes a Makalu reference design board configured with two 802.11a/b/g/n radio cards, an evaluation copy of the TeamF1 MAPS software, a power adapter, all necessary cables and user documentation.

- Gina Roos

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