Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Marvell Integrates WiFi + Bluetooth on Single Chip

Marvell has begun sampling the first 90-nm CMOS, WLAN plus Bluetooth single chip solution for cellular handsets, battery-powered media players, portable gaming consoles, smartphones, PDAs and ultra-low-power computing platforms.

The device, which has a footprint of under 80mm, integrates Bluetooth 2.0 EDR -- which is firmware upgradeable to Bluetooth 2.1 features -- and 802.11a/b/g subsystems on a single die allows fully optimized simultaneous dual radio operation and cooperative co-existence. The integrated multi- protocol security engine includes hardware acceleration for UMA, IMS, and other network access methods requiring extensible end-to-end security. It incorporates full Layer 3 networking support (TCP/IP + UDP) and adds the ability to run supplicants natively, offloading WLAN functionality from the host CPU. Additionally, the chip incorporates voice and audio codecs that can be used in a wide variety of media applications and platforms.

"The Marvell 88W8688 represents five years of interaction with our customers and partners. We are very pleased to deliver a new, fully customizable, software compatible platform that will allow them to launch products that are varied in scope and application ranging from gaming to cameras to smartphones up to emerging converged products," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell.

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