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A*STAR IME, CM Engineering team up for extended WiFi standards

Posted: 26 Dec 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:A*STAR IME? CM Engineering? WiFi? digital RF? mobile phone?

A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has announced that it will engage on a second collaboration with CM Engineering Co. Ltd (CME), a Japanese engineering firm, to improve modern standards in digital radio frequency (RF) technology. The joint effort will potentially bring forth stronger network coverage performances, which will benefit businesses and public alike, especially telecommunications manufacturers and WiFi users, the organizations added.

With the aim to bolster network parameters, IME and CME will focus on the development of digital RF technology for greater network coverage in telecommunications devices such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

Design limitations in conventional technologies result in cost and performance issues, which render them ineffective in meeting the increasing demand for data consumption. Digital RF technology displays ease of technology scaling, as well as flexibility in re-configuration, allowing it to support multi-standards wireless systems with high performance yield at low cost. The development of digital RF technology will support the production of devices that meet the channel bandwidths and frequency bands requirements for next generation wireless standards, enabling users to enjoy affordable and better network coverage over long distances and in remote areas.

The success of this research collaboration will lead to the development of a functional prototype of WLAN digital-RF transceiver for extended WiFi standards with higher frequency bands and service coverage, i.e., IEEE 802.11 af. IME and CME have previously partnered on the development of a low power RF IC and the success of the partnership provides a strong basis for continued collaboration.

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