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Five Radios Hop Onto Single Chip

Five Radios Hop Onto Single Chip

Texas Instruments has introduced the WiLink 8.0 product family, a collection of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions that integrate up to five different radios. These products 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 chip offers a 60 percent cost reduction, 45 percent decrease in size and 30 percent lower power consumption compared to traditional multi-chip offerings. The WiLink 8.0 family includes the five-radio WL189x, tailored for smartphones, tablets, eBooks, ultrathin computing devices and other feature-rich mobile products. The WL187x, WL185x and WL183x provide additional options for higher to mid-tier devices, while the WL180x addresses lower-cost mobile markets. The product family includes integrated RF front ends for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. WiLink 8.0 solutions are currently sampling to top-tier mobile OEMs.

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