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WLAN ref design enables 300Mbit/s throughput

Posted: 28 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WLAN? reference design? PoE?

Freescale Semiconductor and Flextronics have partnered to create a high performance reference design for the Enterprise WLAN access point market. Based on Freescale's PowerQUICC II Pro MPC8377E processor, the IEEE 802.11N access point reference design offers a comprehensive, production-ready solution which scales from 400MHz to 800MHz and speeds time-to-market.

The solution supports dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz concurrent operation with 3 x 3 MIMO. This functionality, together with the high performance and low-power operation of the MPC8377E processor, enables greater than 300Mbit/s throughput while meeting the requirements of IEEE802.3af PoE.

The MPC8377EWLAN 802.11N access point RDS showcases Flextronics' wireless and networking product design and engineering capabilities. Complete with open source application software based on Linux technology, the RDS platform can serve multiple markets, including the highest growth segments of the WLAN space. The offering provides a complete solution including software packages for small/medium business and enterprise wireless access points, which combined with the high performance of the MPC8377E device provide significant headroom for value-add services.

"Freescale selected Flextronics as one of our key partners to help us deliver reference design solutions engineered to meet the specific needs of our customers," said Raja Tabet, VP of solutions enablement technology for Freescale's Networking & Multimedia Group. "This new solution gives our ODM and OEM customers the turnkey, production-ready solutions they need to speed time-to-market and succeed in the marketplace."

Flextronics' high-volume production capabilities and the expertise of its Shanghai Infrastructure Design and Engineering Center teams enable OEM customers to develop and release products to market faster with market-proven technologies. The MPC8377EWLAN is the first production-ready solution resulting from this collaboration and adds to Freescale's portfolio of reference design solutions intended for small/medium businesses.

"We are continually focused on ways to improve our service offering to OEMs in the network and infrastructure space, and today's announcement exemplifies our focus on developing cutting-edge products for a more competitive wireless and networking solution," said Brent Serbin, global VP and general manager of Flextronics Infrastructure Design and Engineering. "Freescale has a strong reputation as a leader in embedded semiconductor markets that are also served by Flextronics, which creates a great deal of synergy and enables us to leverage the benefits of our combined services and skill sets."

The MPC8377EWLAN RDS comes with source code and Linux BSP technology, application-level software, GUI interfaces and more. The solution is available now from Freescale and its authorized distribution channels. The per-unit cost of the reference design is a suggested resale price of $449.

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