3×3 PCIe Wi-Fi Chip
Celeno Communications, a provider of high-performance Wi-Fi chips and software for HD multimedia and home entertainment networking applications, unveiled the latest in its portfolio of offerings ─ the CLR260. A single PCIe WLAN chip powered by Celeno’s signature video-grade OptimizAIR™ and digital beam forming technology, the CLR260 provides manufacturers with a powerful, highly integrated, low-cost access point solution for wireless home gateway and set-top box applications.
The CLR260 PCIe chip is a significant addition to Celeno’s 802.11n portfolio, which includes the CL1830 SoC and CLR250 USB/Wi-Fi chips. With this addition, Celeno now offers the most comprehensive 3×3 video-grade Wi-Fi portfolio that is best suited to address service providers’ cost-conscious architectures while meeting the rigorous requirements for concurrent dual band and HD video streaming in the home.
The CLR260 leverages host CPU processing and memories to minimize bill of materials (BOM), addressing the key cost vs. performance challenge. The chip delivers superb performance ensuring reliable, feature-rich wireless connectivity at high throughput from an extended distance to enable distribution of multiple HD video streams throughout the home.
“With the introduction of the CLR260, Celeno now offers a full product suite optimized for robust wireless video streaming in the home,” says Lior Weiss, VP of Marketing of Celeno. “Our 802.11n video-grade product line has been adopted by over 20 ODMs and OEMs to enable a range of OEM Wi-Fi products. Service providers can now implement a video-grade Wi-Fi-enabled home cost effectively using Celeno-enabled devices. These could include broadband gateways enabled with 3×3 CLR260 5GHz and CLR260 2.4GHz, video bridges enabled with a CL1830 3×3 SoC, and set-top box and laptops leveraging on USB dongles enabled by a CLR250 3×3 USB/Wi-Fi chip, among others.”
Features and Benefits
The CLR260 maximizes range, throughput, and signal consistency – attributable to the fact that it is powered by Celeno’s field proven OptimizAIR™ technology and digital beam forming signal processing. Low packet drop, jitter, and latency, and overall QoS for perfect, lossless video streaming is achieved with channel-aware scheduling and rate selection. The device also combines an 802.11n MAC, baseband and 3×3 radio on a single silicon with support for PCIe bus and architecture, lowering the BOM and consequently the deployment costs.
The CLR260 operates in both the 2.4GHz and the uncongested 5GHz frequency channels and works with legacy home networks as well as new, innovative 5GHz powered portable devices for a superior video experience.
Visit Celeno at International CES 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Suite H530 to see a demonstration of the CLR260 and Celeno’s latest technology and enabled use cases.