Texas Instruments Introduces WiLink 8.0 Five-in-One Radio Chip

Texas Instruments launched their WiLink 8.0 product family. WiLink is a collection of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions that integrate up to five different radios. The WiLink 8.0 architecture supports various combinations of mobile Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth and FM transmit/receive. TI’s five-in-one radio chip enables customized solutions to address the unique needs and price points of all mobile markets. WiLink 8.0 solutions are sampling now to top-tier mobile OEMs. Products with WiLink 8.0 solutions inside are expected to ship in the second half of 2012.

TI WiLink 8.0 block diagram

Each WiLink 8.0 chip variant comes in a compact WSP package that can be mounted directly on a PCB, and includes all required RF front ends, a complete power management system, and comprehensive coexistence mechanisms. At the system level, the five-radio WiLink 8.0 chip offers a 60% cost reduction, 45% decrease in size and 30% lower power consumption compared to traditional multi-chip offerings.

The WiLink 8.0 family includes highly integrated, five-radio WL189x solutions, tailored for smartphones, tablets, eBooks, ultra thin computing devices and other feature-rich mobile products. The WL187x, WL185x and WL183x solutions provide additional options for higher to mid-tier devices, while the WL180x solutions address lower-cost mobile markets. The product family includes integrated RF front ends for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Texas Instruments WiLink 8.0 product family

WiLink 8.0 Highlights

  • Best-in-class Wi-Fi for mobile applications
    WiLink 8 solutions are available for all Wi-Fi throughput ranges, either using 2×2 MIMO or SISO 40MHz. Capable of reaching more than 100Mbps Wi-Fi TCP throughput on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, the chips promise the fastest mobile streaming and high-definition (HD) mobile video capabilities, including Wi-Fi Direct and wireless display – all with low latency, low power consumption, and open source software support. WiLink 8.0 chips with integrated Wi-Fi MIMO yield 25 percent smaller size and 50 percent power savings as compared to other MIMO solutions.

  • Industry’s first integrated NFC controller solution
    As the first combo chip family to embed a complete NFC controller solution, WiLink 8.0 devices make NFC integration possible – and more simplified – on any mobile device. The WiLink 8.0 combo chip with integrated NFC yields a more then 50 percent size reduction as compared to non-combo solutions, and is paired with best-in-class secure element solutions for highly protected transactions.

  • Ubiquitous positioning, always-aware hybrid location
    Beyond standard GPS and GLONASS receivers, the WiLink 8.0 GNSS core includes a complete position engine on chip. This dramatically reduces system-level power consumption and enables host-independent, on-chip geo-fencing and location buffering for enhanced context awareness. WiLink 8.0 solutions blend superior GNSS and Wi-Fi sensor systems, complimented by Bluetooth low energy, ANT+ and NFC augmentation, to provide best-in-class positioning.

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