SyChip Plugs 11g into Handhelds

By James Alan Miller

January 10, 2005

Its new thin module lets manufacturers add Wi-Fi to mobile devices and peripherals for considerably improved performance over the current handheld standard.

Wireless-enabler SyChip today announced a drop-in 802.11g Wi-Fi module for use in a variety of mobile devices, including smartphones, cell phones, PDAs, gaming handhelds, and media players.

Nearly all current PDAs and smartphones that integrate Wi-Fi or use peripherals to add WLAN connectivity do so through the older 802.11b standard: 54 megabits per second (Mbps) 802.11g exchanges data close to five times faster than 802.11b (11 Mbps).

According to SyChip, the WLAN 6100EB Embedded Module supports the Nucleus, REX, Palm, Linux, and Windows Mobile is handheld Operating Systems. It is optimized for handhelds through advanced power save functions, security features (in compliance with IEEE 802.11i), and its small form factor—the module takes up an area of 90 square millimeters and a height of only 0.9 mm.

SyChip co-founder Moses Asom says, "The very small footprint and low-power consumption meets or exceeds the WLAN connectivity for the next generation of mobile devices."

WLAN 6100EB supports three host interfaces in a single package: Compact Flash, Serial, and Secure Digital Input/Output for the ability to quickly interface with a number of host processors. Mobile device vendors can mount the module to a device's circuit board using industry standard mount technology for high volume production.

Reprinted from SmartPhoneToday.

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