Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset with PCI Express Interface
Alereon announced the AL5350 BaseBand Processor (BBP) plus Media Access Controller (MAC) that pairs with the previously announced AL5100 RF transceiver. This chipset features both a USB and PCI Express interface designed for high performance PC embedded Half-MiniCard Wireless USB applications, docking stations, wireless monitors and wireless connections from laptops to HDTVs. In addition, the AL5350/AL5100 chipset was designed to meet the new Windows Premium Logo Program Windows Host Controller Interface (WLP WHCI) requirements. The chips are based on WiMedia's common radio platform and integrate all essential RF circuitry plus the BBP/MAC and software to develop a worldwide Wireless USB product. Covering all WiMedia bands from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz, the AL5350/AL5100 chipset was optimized to operate at full speed over-the-air while requiring minimal memory or resources, allowing for easy integration into PC host applications and accessory products alike. Additionally, the chipset supports WiMedia band groups 1, 3, 4, and 6, offering Wireless USB connectivity over the full WiMedia spectrum by providing greater than 10 channels in every region of the world. The AL5350 BBP/MAC adds a high performance PCIe interface for host applications such as video.