Infineon readies single-chip WLAN ICs

PARIS — Infineon Technologies AG announced the introduction of its single-chip XWAY WAVE100 family for low-cost 802.11n WLAN home gateways.

Infineon (Munich, Germany) indeed claimed its XWAY WAVE100 ICs are suitable for wireless network access points that are compliant to the 802.11n draft standard for data rates up to 150Mbit/s as well as the 802.11 b/g standard.

The single-chip XWAY WAVE100 family, Infineon added, integrates the WLAN Baseband, Media Access Controller, RF, Low Noise Amplifier and Power Amplifier functionalities.

It also features advanced power management modes to reduce the power consumption by at least 25 percent compared to existing 802.11n solutions in the market, the company stated.

“With the new XWAY WAVE100 family, Infineon enables customers to meet growing consumer demand for high-speed wireless connectivity by offering WLAN 802.11n 1×1 with up to four times more speed than earlier generation WLANs at the price of legacy 802.11b/g systems,” stated Christian Wolff, president of the Wireline Communications Division at Infineon Technologies.

Infineon said it is now sampling its XWAY WAVE100 in a PG-VQFN-108 package and expects to start mass production in the fourth quarter of 2009. Reference designs together with Infineon’s xDSL single-chips are also available.

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