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SMIC-ASTRI provide dual-mode UWB MAC IC

Posted: 28 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:UWB MAC IC  ASIC  Wireless Link Protocol  mixed-signal RFIC 

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have teamed up to produce what is said to be the world's first dual-mode UWB MAC IC using SMIC's 0.13µm mix-mode CMOS technology. SMIC's RF group provides design supports and mixed-signal RFIC open lab services in Shanghai to advance mixed-signal RFIC development on 0.18µm, 0.13µm, and more advanced technologies.

The UWB MAC ASIC is a WiMedia Compliant UWB MAC IC supporting both Wireless Link Protocol (WLP/WiNET), and Information Group Resource Sharing (IGRS) standard networking applications. Included in this ASIC design are advanced multi-hop connectivity and A/V quality-of-service (QoS) features. This ASIC targets wireless personal area networking (WPAN) applications. The MAC ASIC supports UWB wireless data transmitting and receiving at rates of 53.3Mbps, 80Mbps, 106.67Mbps, 160Mbps, 200Mbps, 320Mbps, 400Mbps, and 480Mbps. It also provides a 32bit direct PCI 2.2 host bus interface. The MAC ASIC is available in fpBGA-144 package, with drivers and APIs supporting both Windows and Linux.

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