Staccato adds IC for wireless USB

Staccato Communications announced the SC4503 PCI Express (PCIe) wireless host controller interface (WHCI) for wireless USB host applications. Part of the company's Ripcord2 family of single-chip UWB ICs, the new device is designed using 65nm CMOS technology. Targeted at home and office applications, including notebook PCs, ultra-mobile PCs, netbooks and mobile internet devices (MIDs), the SC4503 implements a WiMedia MAC and PHY and a PCIe interface.

Housed in a 5x5mm package, the SC4503 is optimized for low cost and small form factor designs. The company reports that it is the first and only single-chip solution to achieve WiMedia PHY certification in Band Groups 1, 3 and 6, providing PC OEMs a single-chip, high-performance, cost effective solution that is capable of worldwide operation. Staccato also offers a Ripcord2 WHCI reference designs in two form factors: a PCIe Half-Mini Card and PCIe Express Card/34.

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