WiFi and Bluetooth in one chip
Ralink has announced the world's first single chip for PCs that has both 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth. The new chip is called the RT3290 and is the most advanced combination solution for Bluetooth and WiFi on the market today. The new chip also has antennas integrated into the design along with a class I amp for power.
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The little amp can provide up to 10dBm output for Bluetooth and the combination chip offers space and significant cost savings compared to using two separate chips for Bluetooth and WiFi. The chip uses a new algorithm to improve harmony between WLAN and Bluetooth radios.
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Volume production of the RT3290 is set for Q4 2010 with samples available right now. “Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are being embedded in an increasingly diverse array of personal computer and consumer electronics devices, so Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth coexistence, cost, size, power consumption and ease of integration become ever more critical for our customers,” said Dave Borison, Vice President of Marketing at Ralink Technology. “Ralink’s continued focus on technology innovation is paying huge dividends as we deliver another industry first and enable our customers with unique competitive advantages.”