Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Introducing TI’s WiLink™ 8.0 family: Five-in-one wireless connectivity solutions

Introducing TI’s WiLink™ 8.0 family: Five-in-one wireless connectivity solutions for next-generation mobile experiences

Scalable single-chip architecture provides multiple connectivity combinations in a smaller overall chip size, with lower power and cost requirements

DALLAS (February 13, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Achieving another wireless connectivity milestone, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today introduced the WiLink™ 8.0 product family: a collection of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions that integrate up to five different radios, and set the stage for next-generation mobile Wi-Fi®, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth® and FM transmit/receive applications. The WiLink 8.0 architecture supports various combinations of these technologies, allowing for customized solutions to address the unique needs and price points of all mobile markets. Each 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 percent cost reduction, 45 percent decrease in size and 30 percent lower power consumption compared to traditional multi-chip offerings. Complete details: www.ti.com/wilink8.

“With annual shipments of more than three billion connected mobile devices expected by 2015*, manufacturers demand semiconductor solutions that not only fuel the best user experiences, but scale to address distinct product platforms. One size does not fit all: Applications have different size, power consumption and performance requirements,” said Mark Hung, Research Director, Gartner. “Innovations in functional integration, power reduction, and scalable offerings will shorten time to market and allow manufacturers to shape future on-the-go connections.”

WiLink 8.0 family: Fifteen product offerings, endless mobile opportunities
The WiLink 8.0 family includes highly integrated, five-radio WL189x solutions, tailored for smartphones, tablets, eBooks, ultrathin 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.

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