MediaTek debuts gigabit WiFi SoC

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By eeNews Europe

MediaTek’s rapid growth has come in part from its ability to cross-sell into existing cstomers, and this SoC gives allows it to better compete for cross-platform deals with networking/consumer electronic chip manufacturers worldwide.

The RT6856 Wi-Fi SoC contains a 700MHz MIPS 34KEc CPU core and two PCI Express interfaces to enable interoperability with 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips for true Gigabit wireless "dual band concurrent" home networks for high quality data, voice and video applications. It allows users to simultaneously create two wireless networks, both running at full bandwidth speeds, offering a significant increase in total network capacity.

The part also features an RGMII interface that can be used with a Gigabit Ethernet switch, cable, or xDSL modem; two USB 2.0 interfaces for 3G/WiMAX/LTE connectivities, printing, consumer electronics, or wireless storage applications; and SPI, I2C, I2S, and PCM interfaces for audio and VoIP applications. Plus, the new SoC also includes the company’s hardware support for Network Address Translation (NAT) and other frame aggregation techniques that make its LAN to WAN routing performance five times faster than conventional software-based products. The device also includs a CPU-offloading intelligent NIC (iNIC) that allows manufacturers to easily incorporate wireless connectivity into products that previously lacked Wi-Fi capability without having to upgrade the host processor.

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