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Staccato drives UWB market with Ripcord2

Posted: 03 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB? CMOS solution Ripcord2? 65nm?

Staccato Communications introduces the Ripcord2 family of single-chip, all-CMOS solutions targeted for WiMedia UWB and wireless USB applications. According to the company, the second-generation family is the industry's first implementation utilizing 65nm CMOS process technology, and offers a quantum leap in power consumption, size and integration over existing solutions.

"With the 65nm CMOS implementation, we roughly cut the cost, the size, the power in half," explained Jeff Chang, VP of marketing. "We truly believe this is now a truly commercially viable solution to drive mass-volume markets."

Although there were some products on the market for more than a year, the UWB sector has been haunted by range and performance problems as well as regulatory issues. Thus, uptake of UWB has been slow.

Staccatto hopes to boost UWB adoption, and sees "Ripcord2 as a game-changer," said Chang.

Multiple protocolsLeveraging software development on the fully certified Ripcord1 family, Staccato's Ripcord2 supports multiple protocols, including wireless USB, high-speed Bluetooth, wireless IP and Wireless audio/video. In addition, several features were added to Ripcord2 including support for WiMedia Band Groups 1, 3 and 6, as well as the capability for detection and avoidance (DAA), providing a worldwide compatible solution in a single device.

According to Staccato, the Ripcord2 is designed to meet and exceed the rigorous power, size, performance and system cost requirements associated with enabling mass deployment, making it suitable for high volume consumer applications including handsets, DSC/DVC, printers, PMP, wireless audio/video and mass storage. Staccato has already shipped samples and development kits (DVKs) to key customers and is currently developing several reference designs to be released in the coming months. The Ripcord2 DVK provides an integrated development environment that accelerates native wireless USB device and high-speed Bluetooth designs, as well as generic WiMedia UWB applications. The Ripcord Control Library (RCL) included with the DVK provides a fully abstracted embedded software library with portable services to simplify the interface to the Ripcord2 IC enabling easy integration on a wide variety of platforms.

"As history has shown with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, only aggressive single-chip implementations, which meet the strict requirements of PC, CE and handset vendors, will allow the market to meet the expectations of the technology," said Marty Colombatto, Staccato CEO, in a statement. "Our Ripcord2 solution is a market enabler. By leveraging our single-chip expertise and the inherent advantages afforded by 65nm CMOS technology, Staccato will enable the inclusion of UWB into high volume, mainstream products."

- EE Times-Asia

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