Freescale Semiconductor announced the QorIQ Qonverge base station-on-chip devices. The QorIQ Qonverge processor family consists of four distinct products optimized for small cell (femto and pico) and large cell (metro and macro) applications. The family also supports remote radio head and emerging cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN) configurations. The first QorIQ Qonverge devices are the 45nm PSC9130/PSC9131 femto SoCs and PSC9132 picocell/enterprise femto SoC devices. They will be available in the second half of 2011. 28nm processors targeting larger cell (metro and macro) base stations will also be available later this year.
The WireX converter, from eDevice, enables legacy equipment with embedded analog modems to immediately be switched from connecting through the traditional phone line to connecting through a cellular GSM / GPRS wireless network. WireX is the first Analog-To-Wireless converter designed for self installation by the end-user. It does not require any changes on the existing legacy device, the user only needs to disconnect the phone cable from the wall and plug it into the WireX dial-up connector. The data previously transferred over the phone link is then automatically transmitted using phone line emulation over a GPRS or GSM data cellular network. WireX is ideal for remote patient monitors, telecardiology monitors, alarm and security systems, TV set-top-boxes, point-of-sale equipment, energy metering systems, security, and access control devices.
u-blox introduced the LISA family of small, ultra-fast wireless modems. LISA is ideal for ultra-portable devices requiring high speed wireless Internet access (such as mobile computing, car infotainment, telematics systems, hand-held terminals, automatic meter reading, fixed wireless terminals, telehealth, remote displays and point of sales terminals). Samples and evaluation kit will be available in early Q1, 2011. Operator and standards bodies’ certification is in progress.
Ethernet Direct rolled out the Falcon FWI-705 industrial 2.4GHz wireless ceiling access point. The FWI-705 links two or more separate networks to create a single expanded LAN network cost effectively and efficiently. A built-in 4dBi directional antenna is included for flexibility in installation. The Falcon FWI-705 supports three different operation modes: Access Point, Repeater, and AP + WDS. The wireless ceiling access point features WEP encryption and WAP function. The Ethernet Direct FWI-705 is ideal for industrial applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the 24AA025E48 cascadeable I2C serial EEPROM device. The EUI-64 compatible 24AA025E48 features pre-programmed EUI-48-node addresses. The EEPROM device enables designers to add MAC addresses to their designs on-the-fly. The address pins on the 24AA025E48 further enable designers to add more memory to their application, by allowing them to cascade up to eight EEPROM devices onto the I2C bus. The 24AA025E48 device is available in a 6-pin SOT-23 or 8-pin SOIC package, for $0.22 each in 10,000-unit quantities, for both package options.
The WinSystems PXM-MiniPCIe is a SUMIT-ISM module. The board features PCI Express MiniCard and two expansion USB connectors. It supports 802.11 a/g wireless, WLAN, and other high-performance communication functions that have been developed for fixed and mobile computing environments. The PXM-MiniPCIe is RoHS-compliant and operates from -40° to +85°C. The PXM-MiniPCIe is priced at $125 in OEM quantities. Delivery is from stock to three weeks.
Analog Devices (ADI) announced the AD9148 high-speed quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The AD9148 is a 16-bit, high dynamic range DAC with a sample rate of 1000 MSPS. The AD9148 device is optimized for direct conversion transmit applications, including gain, phase, and offset compensation. The DAC outputs are optimized to interface seamlessly with analog quadrature modulators. Prices start at $58.60 each (in lots of 1,000).
Laird Technologies introduced the enhanced WLM400/402 802.11b/g Wireless LAN modules. The modules offer real throughput many times that of the sub-megabit range. The WLM400/402 modules are designed to make wireless integration simple with its data throughput, low-power consumption, and ease of use. The WLM400/402 is ideal for streaming wireless applications, whether as infrastructure connections or video cable replacements in ad-hoc mode.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs). The CC430F513x microcontrollers combine the MSP430 MCU with the sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver. The CC430F513x devices offer up to 20 MIPS performance and support security options such as an integrated AES hardware module. TI also announced the CC430F61xx series of LCD devices. Production quantities of the CC430F513x MCUs are available for $4.15 (1K units). The CC430F61xx family with integrated LCD will be sampling in May with prices starting at $4.35 (1 K units).
Texas Instruments announced the availability of the WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) solution on the OMAP35x processor Evaluation Module (EVM). The TI WiLink enables engineers to incorporate wireless connectivity technology into portable embedded systems. The WL1271 solution features pre-integration and optimization that lower design barriers for applications, reduce development time, and open a new range of use cases. The WiLink 6.0 wireless solution is currrently shipping in the OMAP35x EVM.