According to the manufacturer, the 88W8686 is the world’s first 90-nm wireless LAN (WLAN) single-chip solution. Designed by Marvell, the 88W8686 draws less than 400 mW and requires less than 50 mm2 of board space. An example of Marvell's third-generation 88W8686 solution in a dual mode handset would result in connected standby times in excess of 250 hrs. and talk time in excess of 10 hrs. In addition, the part supports advanced layer 3/4 packet processing (TCP/IP) along with enhancements for UMA and IMS 3G services.
The Marvell 88W8686 integrates an ARM-compliant CPU, high-speed serial host interfaces including SDIO and SPI, and advanced 802.11 a/b/g RF transceiver with full cellular coexistence. It's fully backwards compatible with the company's WLAN software suite for Linux, Symbian, Windows CE, and other proprietary operating systems.
The Marvell 88W8686 is currently sampling to key tier one OEMs. Development kits containing complete hardware reference designs, development boards, and software suite, are available. Marvell can be contacted at www.marvell.com.