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Quad-radio IC fuses WLAN, GPS, FM, Bluetooth

Posted: 17 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:radio IC? WLAN? GPS? Bluetooth?

WiLink 7.0 IC

Texas Instruments Inc. has unveiled its WiLink 7.0 single-chip solution, claimed to be the first radio IC offering to integrate WLAN 802.11n, GPS, FM transmit/receive and Bluetooth technologies. Integrating these capabilities on a true single chip, the 65nm WiLink 7.0 solution reduces costs by 30 percent, reduces size by 50 percent and delivers superior coexistence performance as compared to today's existing solutions.

This single-chip solution further extends TI's heritage of bringing technologies previously seen in high-end devices to the broad mobile market.

"TI's announcement that its Bluetooth/FM/GPS/WLAN combination IC is sampling to major OEMs marks the first of its kind, demonstrating the strong future for combination ICs that enable device manufacturers to offer multiple radios without sacrificing performance, space requirements or profit margins," said Lisa Arrowsmith, analyst, IMS Research. "IMS Research forecasts that by 2013, more than 4.5 billion combination ICs featuring a variety of radios will have been shipped."

The WiLink 7.0 offers unique coexistence capabilities with hardware mechanisms that cancel out board- and chip-level RF interference at the source to simplify design process. It also offers enhanced Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Bluetooth Low Energy inter-core communication prioritizes packet scheduling, which supports more connections in parallel.

The device's high-performance GPS core delivers multi-path resolution engine coupled with advanced algorithms that reduce interference impact for more accurate positioning in urban canyons. On-chip position engine simplifies integration with device host processor. The GPS core also supports reduced power consumption during tracking while host-independent location buffering and geo-fencing features further reduce host loading and power consumption. Its Wi-Fi core supports the soon-to be ratified Wi-Fi Direct and Soft AP mode capabilities, offers extensible to support additional protocols and supports 802.11 a/b/g/n capabilities.

"As the first company to put the power of GPS, WLAN, Bluetooth and FM technologies on a single chip, we are excited to have solved some of the market's most complex coexistence challenges," said Haviv Ilan, VP and general manager, wireless connectivity solutions, TI. "This type of innovation builds on our strong heritage in the wireless market and commitment to spearhead next-generation advancements. With its ability to support simultaneous use of all four radios, the WiLink 7.0 solution will truly revolutionize the way people interact with their devices and connect to the larger world."

The WiLink 7.0 solution is sampling to major OEMs today. Devices using the WiLink 7.0 solution are expected to enter the market by the end of 2010.





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