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Freescale, Arada co-develop 802.11n ref design

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

Keywords:reference design? 802.11n access point? WLAN?

Freescale Semiconductor and Arada Systems have teamed up to create a production-ready reference design offered to help speed and simplify the development of concurrent 802.11n access point devices. The solution supports advanced 802.11n features such as security, QoS and multiple SSID for both video and VoIP applications.

The reference design leverages Freescale's MPC8377E-RDB platform to deliver more than 330Mbit/s of TCP/IP throughput in the combined 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, while providing enough processing power to address other enterprise-class applications.

"Partnering with Arada allows us to offer our customers a proven, production-ready solution that provides industry leading performance for 802.11n enterprise WLAN access points," said Altaf Hussain, marketing manager with Freescale's networking systems division. "This solution gives manufacturers the components they need to rapidly create compelling new products that succeed in the marketplace.

Running on the Freescale silicon is Arada's AWS software, which is a scalable architecture designed for a range of Wi-Fi products including wireless bridges, wireless routers and triple-play gateway applications. AWS features Atheros Draft 802.11n XSPAN technology. The modular architecture of the AWS software allows customers to focus on high value tasks while relying on the robust architecture and implementation of the MAC layer functionalities.

"There is tremendous growth expected in 802.11n within emerging applications, and Freescale's architecture allows us to exploit many features including PCI- and PCI Express-ready capabilities," said Praveen Singh, president and CEO of Arada.

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