LONDON Metalink Ltd. has announced it has baseband chip, the MtW8170, which when combined with the already available MtW8150 radio frequency chip, makes a chip set intended to implement the emerging IEEE 802.11n standard for next-generation WiFi and able to operate at 243-Mbits per second.
Metalink (Yakum, Israel) claimed that the WLANPlus could be embedded in digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), high-definition televisions (HDTVs), media adaptors and other consumer electronics products to enable multimedia connectivity throughout the home. The chipset uses several technologies including Real- MIMO, channel bonding, a media access control (MAC) packet-aggregation scheme, and Quality of Service (QoS) features.
The complete chipset provides throughput of up to 243-Mbit per second over the air and supports whole-house coverage of 60-Mbits per second throughput to any room within 60 feet of the transmitter. The MtW8170 uses 2x2 or 2x3 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology and a 50 percent improvement in MAC efficiency as compared to earlier 802.11 solutions, the company said.
Adhering to 802.11n standard drafts, the chip set supports advanced 802.11i security features and the 802.11e QoS standard. The MtW8170 will be available in sample quantities in the third calendar quarter of 2005, Metalink said.