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SyChip Creates 802.11g Module for Mobile Devices

SyChip has introduced its WLAN 6100EB Embedded Module which will provide future 54mbps IEEE 802.11g connectivity for handheld mobile devices including smart phones, feature phones, Palm OS PDAs, gaming devices and media players.

SyChip’s WLAN 6100EB offers an industry-leading IEEE 802.11g feature set optimized for mobile handheld devices through advanced power save functions, security capability and physical form factor. The module includes a full suite of test and integration tools that enable handheld device manufacturers to rapidly accelerate their design cycle time from concept to mass production.

802.11g chip for PDAs Smartphones & other Mobile devices“The worldwide migration of WLAN to portable devices will be a major catalyst to the wireless industry in the months and years to come,” said Moses Asom, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business development, SyChip. “Our 6100EB Embedded Module, with its world class size, electrical performance and plug-and-play capability, is one example of the types of next-generation products that SyChip is committed to delivering to meet growing consumer demands for wireless connectivity.” The very small footprint and low-power consumption meets or exceeds the WLAN connectivity for the next generation of mobile devices.

Additional benefits of the 6100EB include broad support for leading handheld Operating Systems including Nucleus, REX, Palm, Linux and Windows Mobile; a very low profile package (1.7mm) and small footprint (12x15mm) for space-constrained applications. The module supports three host interfaces in a single package: Compact Flash, Serial Programmable Interface and Secure Digital Input/Output(CF/SPI/SDIO) thus allowing the ability to quickly interface with numerous host processors.

The 6100EB also provides Quality of Service traffic prioritization ideal for VoIP and multimedia applications in conformance to IEEE 802.11e. Robust security features are provided in compliance to IEEE 802.11i. For enhanced co-existence with Bluetooth devices, an advanced signaling interface is provided to optimize throughput performance for both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth solutions.

Thanks to Brighthand for the tip.

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Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006

Frenchie @ 1/12/2005 3:15:28 PM # Q
Really cool stuff. 802.11g is what my school uses and having a PDA take advantage of that speed is awesome. Hopefully we will not have to wait very long.

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p
RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
sremick @ 1/12/2005 3:43:21 PM # Q
Palms don't even take advantage of full 802.11b speed yet. So I guess I don't really see the point.

By the time someone actually ships a product with one of these, Palm will JUST start handling full 11Mbit/s speeds... and the rest of the world will be on 802.11m or something.

And to think, I'm a Palm advocate. Wireless access w/ Palms just makes me cynical since the lack of WiFi (and a dozen other things) in the T5.

Ugh



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RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Strider_mt2k @ 1/12/2005 3:48:37 PM # Q
P1 has already told you what you want and don't want in a PDA.

Isn't that good enough??

RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Frenchie @ 1/12/2005 3:50:37 PM # Q
sign i guess you guys are right. I HATE PalmOne's communist look on things. Who is PalmOne interviewing and what type of drugs are they taking/smoking

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p
RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Gekko @ 1/12/2005 3:51:19 PM # Q

Palm says 'no' because -

1. It doesn't fit in with "Zen".
2. It will raise device cost too much.
3. Battery life will suffer.
4. PDA weight/size/form factor will suffer.
5. Most users don't want/won't use it anyway.
6. Go buy a Palm SD WIFI Card if you want WIFI.


RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Frenchie @ 1/12/2005 4:07:27 PM # Q
who is the jack *ss who came up with this "Zen of Palm"! You know what if you want to have a device for PIM get a tiny paper agenda book and write down your BS in there.

Sorry but if PalmOne went to this "Zen of Palm" they would be filing for chapter 11 in less then 4 months.

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p

RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Masamune @ 1/12/2005 4:13:04 PM # Q
The Zen Of Palm isn't to do with the number of applications installed on the device. I've recently got a palm PDA and the Zen of Palm is more apparent to anyone else has migrated:- The Zen aspect is in the easy access of applications and the smooth running of the OS - this is why you never hear the phrase "The Zen of Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003."

As for WiFi, a combination Bluetooth/WiFi device would be nice but a WiFi device already exists - the Tungsten C. The only reason I didn't go for one of those is not to do with the processor, which is roughly the same speed as the T3, but because I wanted a large screen without a keyboard.

My guess is that Palm will bring out a BT/WiFi device this year but running OS Garnet rather than Cobalt. I'd rather have a relatively bugless OS (hence Zen Of Palm again) rather than something rushed together to keep a deadline. Who knows, Cobalt may even make an appearence towards the end of this year....

Don't give up hope!

RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Frenchie @ 1/12/2005 4:54:17 PM # Q
sorry guys for the flam above but the TC is a really bad PDA. Card slot isn't SDIO enabled and the sound is only mono. Add these and you have gotten my buy. Hopefully the TC2 is better but i have serious doubts to that.

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p
RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
hkklife @ 1/12/2005 5:03:05 PM # Q

http://channelsource.palmone.com/regac/chsrc/News?item=11507&site=3&pageObj=AUTH_PROMOTIONS
(Thanks Brighthand forums for the link)

I've posted this earlier today in the PIC forums but the news item comments are more heavily traficked I figure so I'll repost it here. Ryan, perhaps this new mail-in CD thingie mentions a news quickie? Look at the expiration date for the T|C CD offer as well...hmmm...

So someone take a look at this surprise promo offer out of NOWHERE (and underpublicized) for a discontinued 2-year old model and please tell me why P1 has suddenly gotten serious again about a wi-fi enabled model! I'd wager that either a lightly updated (Athena connector, OS & ROM updates) T|C refresh is in the works as a stopgap OR there's going to be an entirely new 801.22G-enabled model still running Cobalt this spring alongside the T|E2 (thanks Mike Cane for the link below)

http://home.blarg.net/~palmsolo/


RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
hkklife @ 1/12/2005 5:11:09 PM # Q
Also, the T|C's SD slot IS fully SDIO compatible.

I used a Veo Photo Traveler SDIO digicam (lame quality but it did work) on my T|C extensively for about a week last year before I came to my senses and began carrying a real digicam again.

RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
Frenchie @ 1/12/2005 6:08:48 PM # Q
well again i am wrong(sorry AGIAN for wrong info i thought it wasn't an sdio slot) anywau the mono audio is somewhat of a deal killer for me but in the end it is ok for what it was made for.

The world will end in 2006. Just as it was predicted in the bible along with the release of Microsoft Longhorn.... :p
RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
svrontis @ 1/13/2005 12:07:34 AM # Q
Wi-Fi; Shmi-Fi. If Wi-Fi is so vital, why are the sales of the TC so poor?

RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
sremick @ 1/13/2005 10:21:23 AM # Q
1) I already have a WiFi card for my T3. It sucks battery like there is no tomorrow, but the T5 sucks in other ways more.

2) I don't want a Tungsten C. I don't want a thumboard. I want a larger screen. I want a graffiti area.

3) Maybe the sales for the T|C are so poor because it's aimed at Blackberry users, and not at those of us who feel like my 2nd point above? Maybe people WANT something that Palm has yet to produce, so that's why there are no sales to show it?

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RE: Well lets hope PalmOne can put these onto PDAs in 2006
svrontis @ 1/13/2005 2:42:20 PM # Q
I take your point.

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I'm expecting really high hopes

vesther @ 1/12/2005 6:53:43 PM # Q
I'm gonna be expecting a lot of high hopes for both palmOne and SyChip to cooperate with each other in order to create a reasonable 802.11g-certified PDA also with Bluetooth 1.2 compliance. palmOne needs a device with built-in 802.11g Certification and Bluetooth 1.2 compliance. The Palm OS Market is in dire need of enthusiast culture.

Also, I don't think SDIO Wi-Fi Cards are enough. I prefer 802.11g-Certification BUILT IN rather than having to use an 802.11g-Certified SDIO.

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RE: I'm expecting really high hopes
batmon @ 1/13/2005 12:34:21 AM # Q
I still have a m505 and I am really to buy the Zodiac with a Sandisk Wifi card. Do you think TC2's spec will be better then Zodiac? If TC2 has build-in 11g + 320X480, then I guess I should wait...

RE: I'm expecting really high hopes
vesther @ 1/13/2005 11:00:31 AM # Q
Recently, palmOne probably only gonna stick with 2 Zires and 2 Tungstens because they are now laying their eggs in the Treo Basket IMO. I think the upcoming Tungsten T7 should have built-in 11g Certification and Bluetooth 1.2 Compliance. Furthermore, I WANT THE TUNGSTEN T7 TO BE ENVELOPED IN A SMOOTH, DURABLE METAL CASE!!!!!! No more plastic, I'm getting sick and tired of plastickey Tungstens. I hope palmOne will start listening to their Power User base.

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RE: I'm expecting really high hopes
vesther @ 1/13/2005 4:57:51 PM # Q
Oh, I'm just curious what kind of metal palmOne should be using. My vote goes to Anodized Aluminum--smooth and comfortable to the hand.

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Power utilization?

voice of chaos @ 1/12/2005 7:33:15 PM # Q
I wonder what the power draw is of this thing compared to the 802.11b chips that palmOne uses in the T|C and the SD card.

Looks cool - hope they use this (or something like it).

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New Zodiac will have build in Wi-Fi

batmon @ 1/13/2005 1:09:47 AM # Q
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1749208,00.asp

Sounds like Zodiac is the Plam device to go with...

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