Multi-Protocol WLAN Platform Goes HiperSonic

By Matthew Peretz

July 11, 2001

Systemonic rolled out some HiperSonic solutions for the 802.11a and HiperLAN/2 network infrastructures. Company touts reduced OEM time-to-market and flexibility.

Systemonic, AG made two announcements Tuesday regarding its WLAN-platform products and solutions. The company stated that its goal is to provide Global OEMs with a single, multi-protocol WLAN platform that both simplifies network infrastructure and lowers total cost of ownership.

Systemonic announced its new HO1 Baseband Processor as a complete solution for for fixed, portable, and mobile wireless access and client applications. The company claims that the HO1 is the first, single-chip baseband solution to seamlessly support both 802.11a and HiperLAN/2 protocol standards. It reported that the chip is under evaluation by leading companies across a broad array of markets.

The HO1 is based on DSP architecture specifically designed to support wireless communication. According to Systemonic, the H01 is is a complete physical layer implementation supporting high-speed data rates up to 60 Mb/s. The architecture interfaces to multiple RF front ends allowing the OEM to use radios from different sources. Further product features were described by the company as follows: The H01, manufactured in 0.18-micron CMOS, boasts on-board digital filters and high-performance A-D and D-A converters to improve selectivity, sensitivity and range. DES (data encryption standard) and TripleDES encryption are supported to increase security. Multiple modulation schemes are available and fully firmware-selectable, including BPSK, QPSK and 16 as well as 64 QAM. Operating at a miserly 120 MHz and dissipating less than 700 mW, this complete baseband solution is ideal for a wide variety of fixed, portable and mobile wireless access and client applications.

The company stated that the H01 baseband processor, in 176-pin micro-BGA packaging, will be available in volume in the 4th quarter of 2001. Initial unit pricing in volume has been set at $28.00.

Systemonic also announced its new HiperSonic Reference Design Platform, which is available now. It includes a single-chip, multi-protocol baseband processor, PC Card and PCI-bus MAC (media access control) implemented in a MIPS processor and a 5 GHz RF front end, as well as the requisite memory.

The company reported that the HiperSonic Solution can be upgraded with firmware downloads, allowing the physical and MAC layer processing to be modified. OEMs can, according to the company, upgrade products 'over-the-air,' thereby extending network infrastructure lifetime. While the present HiperSonic solution supports both IEEE 802.11a and HiperLAN/2 today, Systemonic stated that it will be extended to support other standards later this year. At some point the company hopes to have solutions that support five different standards at one time.

The HiperSonic Development System includes: a 5 GHz radio, the H01 baseband processor, the NEC VR 4122, 64-bit MIPS processor, all required DRAM and Flash memory, and a variety of interfaces for test and measurement. Also included is a development software suite with complete protocol stacks for both IEEE 802.11a and HiperLAN2, complete PCI and PC Card interface protocols, and APIs for the MIPS processor to allow customer-specific extension development.

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