MediaTek, known for delivering finest semiconductor chips for wireless communications has developed a chip to offer higher bandwidth speeds.
RT8656 Wi-Fi, a semiconductor chip (SoC) has been developed by MediaTek. The chip can support wireless routers based on 802.11AC wireless standard. After uniting with Ralink Technology, MediaTek has unveiled the first ever Wi-Fi chip having the capability to offer seamless wireless connectivity. SoC can transmit speeds in gigabit which can run on a dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi access point or a wireless router having gigabit capabilities.
C.J. Hsieh, MediaTek president said, "Since the merger with Ralink, MediaTek has been proactively integrating technical advantages from both parties' respective fields such as wireless communications, digital consumer and networking marketplaces. This not only brings synergy to our solutions for connected devices throughout digital homes, but also enables MediaTek to expand its presence in networking industries and enrich its product portfolio.”
The makers have designed the chip with 700MHz MIPS 34KEc CPU core and two PCI Express interfaces so that it can be linked on a home network configured with 802.11AC Wi-Fi router.
In this way, you will get a chance to maintain high quality data along with voice and video applications. The built-in RGMII interface can allow you to use gigabit Ethernet switches, network cable and xDSL modem as well. In addition to this, two USB 2.0 ports are integrated with the purpose of giving an option to toggle between various network connectivity modes such as 3G/WiMAX/LTE. Moreover, the ports are compatible with wireless printers and applications programmed for network storage. However, SPI, I2C, I2S, and PCM interfaces are added for audio and VoIP applications. In addition to this, the newly designed module can bring forth a rapid speed on the wireless network while routing between LAN and WAN. In order to encrypt network traffic, SoC has got IPsec protocol which works at the network layer to encrypt the packets. Although Wi-Fi Alliance is still waiting to certify the wireless products with recent innovation, MediaTek is planning to roll out SoC in the fourth quarter of this year.