Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Freescale Acquires CommASIC for Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi

Freescale Semiconductor has acquired CommASIC, a fabless semiconductor company that provides modem processing multimode technologies, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based solutions, such as Wi-Fi-certified 802.11 a/b/g. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CommASIC's chips are aimed at mobile and consumer devices that require maximum energy efficiency for long battery life. CommASIC is based in San Diego with office in Taipei and has 30 employees.

Freescale said the acquisition gives it a base architecture and system expertise that can be leveraged across any OFDM-based technology such as wireless-LAN, WiMax and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB).

  • In November 2004, CommASIC introduced its line of energy-efficient 802.11a/b/g baseband processors designed specifically for VOIP handsets, wireless PDAs, digital cameras and other high volume portable consumer applications. The company said its processors set a new industry benchmark for power consumption, drawing only 50 mA during active receive mode at 54 Mbps. Samples of both chips have been beta tested with several key Asian OEM/ODMs.

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