WiFi SD Card Coming Next Year
Back in June, SyChip announced that it was developing an 802.11b SDIO card. Recently more details have been released on the company's website. It will be able to do both peer-to-peer networking and connect to network access points. SyChip plans to have the design process finished, a prototype made, and the drivers ready by the end of this year.
The 6060SD will offer complete IEEE 802.11b functionality, including the baseband processor, MAC, memory, VCO, transceiver, antenna, antenna switch, and power amplifier. It will have the same data speeds and range as other 802.11 solutions: 11 Mbps and 400 feet, under ideal conditions. The card measures a slim 24mm X 50mm and slightly protrudes out of the top of a standard SD slot.
The WLAN6060SD has the ability to roam seamlessly among multiple 802.11b wireless network access points, it also operates in peer to peer mode (without an access point) to download data from wirelessly equipped laptops without a cradle or network connection, and can share data directly with other wireless PDAs.
The 6060SD card will support Win2K, WinXP, WinCE (v3.0 and higher) and the Palm OS (OS 4x and higher).
However, SyChip isn't a manufacturer. It will design the hardware and write the drivers but then offer it for licencing to other companies who will produce and market the wireless cards.
802.11b Wireless LAN, also known as Wireless Ethernet or Wi-Fi, is a radio frequency (RF) network access technology. It allows users to access information with a range of up to 300 feet at up to 10 Mbps. Though in real world conditions, obstacles, like walls, can shorten the range and reduce the speed.
Thanks to Dan for the tip.
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