SAN JOSE -- Resonext Communications Inc. here today announced a three-year partnership with the IMEC technology development organization in Belgium to offer chip products for 5-GHz wireless local area networks.
Under the partnership, Resonext will incorporate IMEC's Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology core into its wireless LAN modem portfolio. According to Resonext, the OFDM technology has become a de-facto modulation technique for new broadband wireless LAN standards, such as the IEEE 802.11a and ETSI HiperLan2 formats.
"IMEC is working closely with Resonext Communications to develop technologies for highly integrated 802.11a/Hiperlan2 products," said Gilbert Declerck, president and CEO of the Belgium-based R&D organization. "The combination of Resonext's expertise in CMOS-RF, wireless networking and digital signal processing (DSP) coupled with our core competencies in RF radio-frequency front-end, OFDM, DSP and system-level design will result in standards compliant, highly integrated and cost-effective integrated circuits for tomorrow's high-speed wireless networks," he added.
As part of the alliance, privately-held Resonext will participate in IMEC's Industrial Affiliation Program, which is focused on future wireless systems with data rates of 150 megabits per second and higher. Resonext said it has opened a technology development center in Flanders, Belgium, to work closely with IMEC engineers and developers.