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MIPS Technology Processor Powering Ralink Routers to Drive VoIP Delivery

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November 24, 2008

MIPS Technology Processor Powering Ralink Routers to Drive VoIP Delivery

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

MIPS Technologies, Inc., a provider of industry-standard architectures, processors and analog IP for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, has announced that its synthesizable MIPS32 24Ec processor core is powering Ralink’s RT3052 and RT3050 802.11n Single Chip Access Point (News - Alert)/router SoCs.

The 24Ec core is designed to enable the RT3052 and RT3050 to process advanced applications including broadband routing, Ethernet to WiFi (News - Alert) bridges, VoIP, online gaming and home entertainment.

"Our new 802.11n AP/router SoCs are highly integrated to meet market demand for smaller form factors and lower BOM costs in router devices, while delivering high data rates and the best available wireless coverage for 802.11n," said Fred Jann, vice president of IC Design for Ralink Technology, in a company statement.

"MIPS Technologies' (News - Alert) synthesizable 24KEc cores, with an optimal combination of high performance, low power and compact area, are a key reason that we are able to deliver this advanced solution."

"MIPS Technologies has a strong presence in broadband access, with processors that can support the high performance, low latency and dependable uptime required in today's access points -- at the lowest possible cost," said Brad Holtzinger, vice president of worldwide sales at MIPS Technologies, in the statement.

"We are pleased that Ralink (News - Alert), a leading provider of WLAN chipsets, has successfully brought to market yet another innovative MIPS-Based(TM) product."

ABI Research (News - Alert) has predicted that shipments of consumer-oriented 802.11n WiFi access points will dramatically increase over the next five years, increasing from six million in 2008 to a forecasted 88 million in 2013.

The research firm also anticipates that the greatest adoption will take place in 2009-2010. During this timeframe, sufficient numbers of consumers will have 802.11n capabilities embedded in their laptop and desktop computers.

Ralink’s RT3052 and RT3050 are complete SoC solutions that offer a high level of integration that accelerates time-to-market and reduces development costs for 802.11n AP/router manufacturers.

The company’s 2T2R architecture delivers data rates of 300 Mbps and maintains wireless connections over a large coverage area. The 1T1R architecture is targeted for manufacturers who are seeking to replace 802.11n AP/routers with 802.11n.

The demand for next generation communication technologies continues to grow, with VoIP being at the forefront of this demand. As this continues, MIPS Technologies has developed the proper support to continue to drive innovation for Ralink. Such an approach improves time to market in this highly competitive area, driving adoption and market strength before the competition has a chance to catch up.


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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