GENEVA, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a
worldwide leader in system-on-chip technology, revealed today the successful
introduction to volume production of its STLC4370 Mobile Wireless Local Area
Network (WLAN) solution. The STLC4370 is the first of a family of single-chip
WLAN devices specifically designed for cellular handsets. This low-power
compact solution has already been designed into several recently launched
Wi-Fi-enabled cellular handsets.
Suitable for enterprise smart phones and consumer multimedia handsets,
this complete WLAN solution provides high-speed power efficient IEEE802.11g
performance without compromising battery life. The compact nature of the
STLC4370 reference design has enabled its design into multiple form-factor
mobile phones including candy bar, compact PDA, and innovative fold-open
The STLC4370 contains a fully integrated single-chip WLAN, including ZIF
(Zero Intermediate Frequency) transceiver, RF Synthesizer/VCO (Voltage-
Controlled Oscillator), high-speed data converters, an Orthogonal Frequency
Division Multiplexing/Complementary Code Keying OFDM/CCK digital baseband
processor, an ARM9-based Media Access Controller (MAC) and a complete Power
Management Unit with integrated Power Amplifier bias control. An external
front-end module completes a highly integrated solution with minimum retail
The STLC4XXX family of single-chip devices will expand in Q1 2006 with an
IEEE802.11b/g and a dual-band IEEE802.11a/b/g solution. The family focuses on
the two key success factors of the mobile device, the footprint and solution
cost, which have been reduced to ensure the rapid adoption of WLAN
connectivity into the mainstream converged mobile handset.
WLAN-enabled handsets offer the users the ability to easily connect to
corporate email services and advanced voice functions, including Internet
Protocol PBX (Private Branch Exchange) connectivity. Vital to ensuring
reliable operation, the STLC4370 offers support for IEEE802.11e Quality of
Service. The family maintains data protection using the integrated security
features that take full advantage of IEEE802.11i and Wi-Fi Protected Access
Host control is provided by a flexible SDIO (Secure Digital Input/Output)
or SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) interface supporting clock rates of up to
48Mbps. For maximum flexibility and reduced costs, the STLC4XXX supports
system reference-clock frequencies of 19.2, 38.4, and 40MHz. ST offers a
reference-design evaluation platform of hardware and software system
integrators to rapidly enable wireless connectivity to mobile platforms.
Taking full advantage of the Symbian OS and Series 60 UI, the WLAN drivers
deliver advanced power-save options, which extend both standby and talk times.
The STLC4XXX is ideal for integration into cellular phones and can also
benefit other (power and size sensitive) applications including Personal
Digital Assistants (PDAs), hand-held data transfer devices, and digital
cameras. For non-cellular devices, ST provides a full suite of Linux drivers
which offer rapid development of tablet or multimedia platforms.
"Whether it's a cellular phone that plays music or an MP3 player and
camera phone, the lines between handset and consumer device are blurring,"
said Matthew Hatch, General Manager of ST's Wireless LAN Business Unit.
"Subscribers are demanding the choice of fast download of their own music
collection over IEEE802.11g WLAN or access to the latest online music over the
Available in volume production, budgetary pricing for the STLC4370 is
approximately $10 in quantities of 100,000 pieces.
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for the converging segments of home entertainment, communication, and
connectivity. ST's HPC product offering encompasses a whole range of
applications in the digital consumer market, including set-top box, DVD, TV,
and audio; a wide array of solutions for personal multimedia, from application
processors to energy management, mobile imaging, and wireless connectivity;
and a full spectrum of display ICs and devices for wireless and wireline
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