wilink8 Texas Instruments announces news series of wireless connectivity solutions

Come the second half of this year, we can expect smartphones and tablets with improved wireless connectivity, at least if Texas Instruments has anything to do with it. Its new WiLink 8.0 series of wireless connectivity solutions will bring a range of new features to smartphones, some more useful than others.

Come the second half of this year, we can expect smartphones and tablets with improved wireless connectivity, at least if Texas Instruments has anything to do with it. Its new WiLink 8.0 series of wireless connectivity solutions will bring a range of new features to smartphones, some more useful than others.

wilink8 Texas Instruments announces news series of wireless connectivity solutions

TI has announced no less than five different series with three sub-categories in each series, as seen in the table below. The most basic versions only supports Wi-Fi connectivity, but moving up just one step you gain Bluetooth 4.0 support and an FM radio (receive and transmit), whereas more advanced models adds NFC and what its now referred to as GNSS, a combination of GPS and GLOSNASS. The interesting thing here is that TI has added support for 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi or alternatively SISO 40MHz and TI claims speeds in excess of 100Mbps on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band. Note that current smartphone are limited to about 65Mbps due to the Wi-Fi chip designs used.

ti wilink8 Texas Instruments announces news series of wireless connectivity solutions

TI claims that it its new 45nm WiLink 8.0 chips are 45 percent smaller, use 30 percent less power and cost 60 percent less compared to “traditional multi-chip offerings”. Showing five radios into a single chip is pretty impressive, especially when you consider all the connectivity options on offer that range from very close range to pin-pointing satellites in the sky. As for what devices these new chips will end up is anyone's guess, but we'll most likely find out sooner or later once smartphones and tablets that arrives later this year gets torn down.

Source: Texas Instruments