Ralink Technology Introduces Dual-Band 2-stream 802.11n Solutions

Ralink Technology Corporation (TSE:3534), a leading developer of 802.11x chips, announced a complete line of dual band, 2-stream IEEE 802.11n solutions, the RT3562, RT3572 and RT3592, for embedded multimedia applications as well as PCs, notebooks, and broadband gateways. This family of products integrates a CMOS RF front-end, media access controller (MAC), baseband processor (BBP) and host interface into a single chip that fully complies with IEEE 802.11n draft 7.0 and IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards. With Ralink’s optimized RF architecture and patented baseband algorithms, the RT35x2 series provide reliable wireless connectivity and extended wireless coverage with industry-leading throughput and low power consumption.

The newest family of dual-band single chips enables operations of connected multimedia devices in the 5GHz band, where lower interference results in higher throughput, while leaving data-centric networking devices operate in the 2.4GHz band at the same time. The 2-stream capability in this family takes advantage of the MIMO techniques specified in IEEE802.11n standard and delivers the high throughput and link quality, which are paramount for wireless multimedia applications. With the addition of the RT35x2 series, Ralink enriches its complete portfolio of Wi-Fi chip sets for the networking and multimedia applications in the digital home.

“The new RT35x2 series provides high-performance 802.11n solutions in a small form-factor, and integrates not only the dual-band CMOS radios, BBP and MAC but also power management and interface circuits into a single chip,” said Dr. Keng Fong, Chief Scientist at Ralink. “We have set a new milestone with the technical capability demonstrated in this high level of integration for dual-band applications with superior cost and performance.”

Within the new RT35x2 family, the RT3562 has a PCI interface and an intelligent MAC, which deploys a highly efficient DMA engine and a hardware accelerator to offload packet processing burden from the host processor. Being one of the industry’s smallest USB single chip solutions, the RT3572 is ideally suited for USB-equipped consumer electronics, wireless broadband gateways and mobile PCs. The RT3592 is a PCIe solution that addresses all segments of the thriving notebook market, ranging from entry level ultra mobile PCs to high-end gaming machines.

The RT35x2 series integrate multiple security engines on-chip, including WPA, WPA2, Wi-Fi Protected Set-Up and QoS (802.11e and WMM), enabling a rich feature set to support different security modes of operation required for voice, video and data transmission.

Equipped with the new RT35x2 series in combination with RT2883, the latest 3×3 IEEE802.11n SoC featuring Ralink’s Video Turbine[tm] technology, the company is well poised for the fast-growing market of connected multimedia CE devices delivering high-quality voice, data and video within the wireless networks in the home or office.

Reference design modules and software drivers for the new family are available now. The supported Operating Systems (OS) include Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS X and Linux. Samples will be available in Q1 2009. Pricing is available upon request.

About Ralink
Ralink Technology Corporation is a leading innovator and developer of wireless LAN chipset solutions. Ralink 802.11x chipsets are recognized for superior throughput, extended range, low-power consumption and the consistent reliability demanded by Wi-Fi, mobile and embedded applications. These feature-rich chipsets have a high level of chip integration for client and AP solutions for CB, miniPCI, PCI, PCIe and USB interfaces, enabling customers to build smaller and more sophisticated mobile wireless products cost-effectively. Ralink’s patented MIMObility® technology extends Wi-Fi applications from traditional PC networking to a range of digital multimedia and handheld devices including cell phones, PDAs, cameras, print servers, HDTV and video game consoles. Ralink Technology Corporation’s headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with an R&D center in Cupertino, California. For more information, send email to info@ralinktech.com

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