IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. here today entered the broadband wireless chip market by rolling out a product said to deliver data at speeds up to 155-megabits-per-second.
The new 7060 modem chip set from Intersil is designed for use in wireless broadband systems, third-generation (3G) cellular equipment, and other products. The 7060 was originally designed and developed by SiCom Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that was acquired by Intersil in September for about $192 million.
The product gives Intersil a viable product in the emerging broadband wireless chip market. Other suppliers of these chips include Broadcom, Conexant, and Texas Instruments.
"Our vision is to create wireless zones of connectivity in homes, offices and for people on the go," said Greg Williams, Intersil's president and chief executive. "It enables broadband capacity to be driven deep into the metropolitan area network (MAN) so that it will ultimately be possible to wirelessly connect businesses and homes to voice, data, e-mail and broadband services," he added.
Geared for transmission speeds up to OC-3 155-megabits-per-second, Intersil's solution includes the company's 7060 chip set and 37030 reference design kit. Applications include digital microwave radios, infrastructure equipment, point-to-consecutive-point wireless ring networks, and others.
The 7060 chip set is comprised of a separate modulator and demodulator IC. The modulator chip accepts input data bytes, performs the encoding, constructs the waveform, applies pulse shaping, and generates digital baseband data outputs.
The demodulator chip receives digital baseband data inputs, performs signal conditioning, among other functions. Prices for the chip set were not given.
In a separate announcement, Intersil has formed an alliance with Actiontec Electronics Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based supplier of add-on cards and other products. Under the terms, the companies will co-developed a line PC cards that will support V.90-compatible analog-modem functions and wireless local-area networking (WLAN) on the same product. The WLAN portion of the product is based on Intersil's line of Prism chip sets.