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Startup bolsters video over Wi-Fi

Posted: 27 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:802.11 baseband? video? MIMO technology? peripheral?

Startup Celeno Communications recently debuted at the Connections conference its first chip, a modified 802.11 baseband optimized for video.

Celeno is now sampling its CL1300, a 5GHz .11a/n media access controller, which it claims can deliver 34Mbit/s at the application layer more than 120ft and through multiple walls of a home at extremely low packet error rates. The chip uses a form of MIMO technology with beam forming and switching capabilities.

The company will charge between $20 to $30 for the chip that began sampling and should be in production by the end of the year. It dissipates less than 3W and has an embedded microcontroller, but requires a third part RF chip.

It aims for design wins in set-top boxes, TVs and other home video devices. It expects initial users will build the chip into peripheral devices.

"We have been demonstrating this in an FPGA-based version for quite some time and have several companies interested in using it as soon as we hit production," said Lior Weiss, VP marketing, Celeno.

The company has backing from Greylock Partners and an Israeli venture capital firm. It will compete with other startups doing video-optimized versions of Wi-Fi including Amimon, another Israeli startup.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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