RF Micro Devices Inc. and Atmel Corp. announced today they are collaborating on providing reference designs based on the IEEE 802.11b standard for 11-megabits-per-second wireless LANs.
The reference designs use RFMD's 2.4-GHz chipset and Atmel's family of Fast-VirtualNet ARM-based Media Access Controllers, which run the network protocol and provide interfaces to the host platform. Atmel supports its products with a suite of firmware and drivers, including PCMCIA, USB and Access Points.
Together, the companies are offering complete reference designs that they claim provide a bill of materials as much as 30% less than alternate solutions.
"We are encouraged by the emergence of the wireless LAN market, which is driven by rapid growth in demand from companies serving the enterprise market segments," said A.J. Nadler, director of the Silicon Systems product line at RFMD, Greensboro, N.C. "We are also encouraged by the level of interest shown by customers in our efforts to reduce the cost of a chipset, which we anticipate will increase penetration in the enterprise market and help fuel demand from the home market."