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Atmel Announces WiMAX Transceiver With Low RF Cost
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- MAX-Link Solution Uses Impressive Integration Techniques to Support WiMAX Applications
Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the second of its MAX-Link(TM) series of transceivers designed specifically for WiMAX applications. Along with enhanced WiMAX system functionality, the AT86RF535B enables one of the lowest component costs of any RF reference design on the market today. This frequency-agile, single-chip transceiver operates at 3.5 GHz with multiple bandwidth options addressing the requirements of WiMAX base stations and subscriber equipment. Internal configuration and control registers can be programmed to integrate with new and existing baseband devices from different vendors. All of the MAX-Link transceivers provide excellent RF performance with low current consumption, low cost, and only a minimum of external components for the RF design.
On-chip integration techniques combine a low-noise amplifier, power amplifier driver, receive/transmit mixer, receive/transmit filters, voltage-controlled oscillator, synthesizer, receive gain control, and transmit power control all completely digitally controlled. The fully differential design of the transceiver can be configured for either low-IF or zero-IF applications and requires no external filters. The RF reference design incorporates power efficiency circuitry and antenna diversity all in a footprint of 40 mm x 35 mm on a 4-layer PCB with components on one side only.
The AT86RF535B uses a proprietary internal calibration algorithm decreasing product cost and improving manufacturability. The calibration routine is performed between transmit and receive data frames, totally independent from the baseband and MAC processor, to optimize the image and local oscillator (LO) leakage performance characteristics.
The fractional-N synthesizer in the AT86RF535B utilizes a unique phase interpolation divider (PID) rather than the more conventional modulus divider architecture. The PID allows for very good frequency resolution and fast tuning speed. The calibrated VCO can be tuned in less than 10 us to support 100 MHz HFDD operations. The synthesizer has the speed and power advantages of an asynchronous divider and is fully programmable within the frequency range of the radio.
Atmel has been working with HULU, a leading OEM/ODM of WiMAX mass-market subscriber units. HULU has included Atmel's transceiver in its interoperability studies with great success.
"HULU has chosen the Atmel transceiver due to several technical reasons," said Maurizio Hublitz, CTO, HULU AB. "The AT86RF535B has the lowest power consumption on the market. This is very important to us as we are developing nomadic OFDM equipment. The Atmel device is technologically sound. We have tested the complete radio in the smallest form-factor using several different base stations and we are very pleased with its performance and cost effectiveness."
Vice President and General Manager of Atmel's RF and automotive business unit, Bob McConnell, commented, "Atmel's proprietary SiGe BiCMOS process technology provides our designers with the capability to build a better WiMAX radio. You can see the results in the 535."
Availability and Pricing
The AT86RF535B is available now. Pricing starts at US$14.95 in quantities of 10K. Modules incorporating the AT86RF535B transceiver, baseband, and MAC are included in the roadmap. For more information please send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HFDD = Hybrid Frequency Division Duplexing
OFDM = Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
IF = Intermediate Frequency
MAC = Media Access Control
Rx = Receive
Tx = Transmit
VCO = Voltage Control Oscillator
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R).
About Hulu AB
Founded in 2004, HULU is a world leader in the supply of WiMAX mass-market products for desktop, workstation and notebook PCs; digital televisions and VoIP phones. A pioneer, innovator and market leader in the WiMAX industry, HULU is built upon the strength of its people, products and technology excellence. HULU's appointed customer focus is ability to identify and capitalize on key inflection points where new technologies and markets converge.
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