IP library gains
wireless LAN development platform
Mentor Graphics has extended its remarketing agreement with NewLogic to include the WiLD 802.11 wireless LAN platform
The agreement allows SoC designers to get system designs to market faster by licensing a complete platform for wireless LAN IC development from Mentor Graphics. The 802.11 wireless platform complements USB, Bluetooth and other standards-based IP offerings in the Mentor Graphics Inventra family, enabling the company to further address growth in the consumer electronic, computing and home networking markets.
"802.11 is a complex standard with multiple variants", said Mike Kaskowitz, General Manager of the Mentor Graphics Intellectual Property division.
"Developing complete hardware and software IP solutions to support this standard requires almost 30 people years of extensive engineering effort.
Through our extended marketing agreement with NewLogic, we are able to provide customers with a preverified IP platform that brings standards-based functionality to their end products without the time and cost associated with developing a solution from scratch".
With a bandwidth of 11Mbit/s and an operating frequency of 2.4GHz, 802.11b is the standard wireless networking technology for enterprise and home applications.
Gartner Research predicts the total worldwide market for wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will grow by a compound annual growth rate of 22%, reaching almost $3.4 billion by 2005.
Impending improvements to this wireless networking protocol, including 11g, 11e and 11i, will dramatically increase the connectivity options for personal computers, PDAs and home networking devices.
The WiLD platform includes the multi standard WiLD 802.11a/b/g MAC core and the WiLD 802.11b modem (physical layer).
It will be complemented soon by the WiLD 802.11a and g modems, the WiLD 802.11a/b/g dual-band CMOS radio and the 802.11e/i/h software upgrade options once the respective standards are ratified.
In addition, extensive integration support, a dedicated prototyping platform (WiLD Card I) and full turnkey integration services to help designers meet aggressive time-to-market plans.
"Communications convergence, especially in home networking, is driving the need for applications that support multiple wireless and wireline standards", said Maha Osman, Chief Operating Officer, NewLogic.
"Our WiLD platform supports the most popular wireless high-speed networking protocol.
NewLogic's continued collaboration with Mentor Graphics provides access to a broader set of SoC designers who not only want the highest-quality IP cores but also the integration expertise to ease its use in a design".
The WiLD platform that includes the multistandard WiLD 802.11a/b/g MAC core and the WiLD 802.11b modem is available for immediate licensing.
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