EtherChip EC482 is a game changer in the cable and satellite markets with a host of advantages for service providers, OEMs, and consumers.
San Diego, CA – Ethertronics has unveiled EtherChip EC482, the first of the EtherChip line of RF devices to enable Ethertronics’ game-changing Active Steering technology for Wi-Fi and other 5 GHz applications.
EtherChip EC482 has been specifically designed for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) 5 GHz and W-iFi applications, with superior single- and multi-antenna performance at frequencies even beyond the Wi-Fi high-band. Ultra-fast RF switching seamlessly supports Wi-Fi air interface protocols. Very low off capacitance provides ample control in switching reactances at high Wi-Fi frequencies. Embedded in the EC482 are Ethertronics’ proprietary algorithm and communication and control conduits to enable Active Steering for Wi-Fi applications. Ethertronics’ worldwide applications team can easily integrate EC482 into a variety of products, including access points, set-top boxes, Wi-Fi clients, Wi-Fi extenders, wearables and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Ethertronics’ Active Steering technology generates multiple radiation patterns from a single antenna structure. EC482 enables Ethertronics’ Active Steering “beam steering” technique from a wireless device by monitoring RF link performance, and through a combination of closed loop and predictive algorithms, optimally selects the antenna radiation pattern that provides the best RF link performance.
The EC482 is the master controller of this process, containing not only the RF electronics, which are used to implement the steering of the antenna beam, but also the control software and embedded processor that host Ethertronics’ proprietary algorithm, which continuously and intelligently optimizes the RF communications link for exceptional performance.
This capability provides for revolutionary improvements in range, data throughput and signal quality for applications such as video streaming. Additional advantages include interference reduction, robustness in multipath environments, improved connection reliability and better spectral efficiency.
“As the desire for on-demand video streaming continues to increase with consumers accessing content via their televisions, tablets, smartphones and more, so too does the need for innovative technology to support this growing demand,” says Vahid Manian, Chief Operating Officer for Ethertronics.
“With our new EtherChip EC482, we’ve drawn upon our extensive experience in RF design and engineering, and are bringing to market what we believe will be the main catalyst to not only enable best-in-class video streaming, but utterly transform how cable and satellite providers, as well as other market entrants, roll these wireless services out to consumers. For instance, with the integration of our patented EC482 in set-top boxes, cable and satellite providers will reap a number of benefits – from high-performance video streaming to major OpEx savings. Active Steering technology autonomously beam steers for the best RF communication link, allowing consumers to easily self-install these Wi-Fi boxes in their own homes, regardless of orientation or location, and further reduces the need for on-site technician assistance. Wi-Fi Active Steering on the 5GHz band delivers enhanced data throughput and expanded data traffic.”
EC482 additionally enables seamless WiFi offloading capabilities for wide area network wireless operators.
With an operating frequency range of 100 MHz to 7000 MHz, EC482 has a small footprint at just 3.0 x 3.0 x 0.75 mm3 in a QFN 24-pin package. Very low power consumption is required for operation, which makes the EC482 suitable for even battery-operated systems.
Ethertronics will be showcasing its new EtherChip EC482 and Active Steering solutions in its booth during Mobile World Congress (Hall 1, Stand 1D49), March 2-5, 2015 in Barcelona. To schedule a meeting at Mobile World Congress and learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit http://www.ethertronics.com.