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May 14, 2009

Freescale, Flextronics Create High-End Enterprise WLAN Solution

Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert) and Flextronics have announced they will together create a high performance reference design for the Enterprise WLAN access point market.
The IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11N access point reference design is based on Freescale’s PowerQUICC II Pro MPC8377E processor. The design offers a comprehensive, production-ready solution which scales from 400 MHz to 800 MHz and speeds time-to-market. It also supports dual-band 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz concurrent operation with 3 x 3 MIMO.
The companies explain that when combined with the high performance and low-power operation of the MPC8377E processor, this functionality enables greater than 300 megabits per second throughput while meeting the requirements of IEEE802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).
The new MPC8377EWLAN 802.11N Access Point (News - Alert) RDS leverages Flextronics’ wireless and networking product design and engineering capabilities. The RDS platform features open source application software based on Linux technology, and can serve multiple markets, including the highest growth segments of the WLAN space. The offering also includes software packages for SMBs and enterprise wireless access points.
This new high performance reference design solution gives Freescale's ODM and OEM customers the turnkey, production-ready solutions that can help speed time-to-market.
Brent Serbin, global vice president and general manager of Flextronics (News - Alert) Infrastructure Design and Engineering emphasized their focus on improving their service offering to OEMs in the network and infrastructure space.
He pointed out that this alliance indicates their focus on developing cutting-edge products for a more competitive wireless and networking solution.
“Freescale has a strong reputation as a leader in embedded semiconductor markets that are also served by Flextronics, which creates a great deal of synergy and enables us to leverage the benefits of our combined services and skill sets.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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