NXP's 802.11n module boosts HDTV connectivity - Embedded.com

NXP’s 802.11n module boosts HDTV connectivity

NXP's MRX2000 802.11n module enables faster wireless connectivity between everyday multimedia devices.

It can be easily integrated through various electrical and mechanical interface choices (mPCI, NXP Semiconductors proprietary interface, ST Microelectronics proprietary interface, USB2.0, PCI Express) and supports drivers for all of the mainstream Operating Systems (Linux 2.4, Linux 2.6, Kernel Series, Windows CE 5.0— 6.0, Windows XP and Windows Vista).

The module is optimized for HD video streaming in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and can be integrated into a number of applications including Set-Top Boxes, Digital Media Adapters, TVs, Residential Gateways, Routers, Game Consoles, Media Center Applications, IP Set-Top Boxes, Digital Video Recorders and Home Cinema Systems.

The MRX2000 features a Convolution Code and an Advance Code (LDPC), uses Maximum Likelihood, and includes a 2×3 MIMO detector ” all of which boost performance.

The 2×3 MIMO detector makes the solution more attractive and cost effective than 3×3 MIMO solutions, while the best-in-class 5 GHz Band support (in addition to legacy 2.4 GHz) ensures the network does not interfere with other household applications like microwave ovens, baby monitors, cordless phones and Bluetooth devices.

The 802.11n feature set also includes Advanced Aggregation, which enhances MAC efficiency; Fast Link Adaptation (FLA), which optimizes real home performance; and, the embedded Quality of Service (QoS) provided through EDCA plus admission control ensures that users can enjoy hours of picture perfect video without interruption.

“With this module, CE manufacturers can easily upgrade their stand alone products to fully networked devices, capable of reliably transferring HD video content from one device to another,” said Thomas Fengel, International Marketing Manager for RF Solutions at NXP Semiconductors.

The MRX2000 is now sampling, and will be in mass production end-Q3 2007.

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