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Freescale Semiconductor announced that it has partnered with Flextronics to create a high performance reference design for the Enterprise WLAN access point market. Based on Freescale’s PowerQUICC® II Pro MPC8377E processor, the IEEE® 802.11N access point reference design offers a comprehensive, production-ready solution that scales from 400 to 800 MHz and speeds time-to-market.
The solution supports dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz concurrent operation with 3 x 3 MIMO. This functionality, together with the high performance and low power operation of the MPC8377E processor, enables greater than 300 megabits per second throughput while meeting the requirements of IEEE802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).
The MPC8377EWLAN 802.11N Access Point RDS showcases Flextronics’ wireless and networking product design and engineering capabilities. Complete with open source application software based on Linux® technology, the RDS platform can serve multiple markets, including the highest growth segments of the WLAN space. The offering provides a complete solution including software packages for small/medium business and enterprise wireless access points, which combined with the high performance of the MPC8377E device provide significant headroom for value-add services.
“Freescale selected Flextronics as one of our key partners to help us deliver reference design solutions engineered to meet the specific needs of our customers,” said Raja Tabet, Vice President of Solutions Enablement Technology for Freescale's Networking & Multimedia Group. “This new solution gives our ODM and OEM customers the turnkey, production-ready solutions they need to speed time-to-market and succeed in the marketplace.”
Flextronics’ high volume production capabilities and the expertise of its Shanghai Infrastructure Design and Engineering Center teams enable OEM customers to develop and release products to market faster with market-proven technologies. The MPC8377EWLAN is the first production-ready solution resulting from this collaboration and adds to Freescale’s portfolio of reference design solutions intended for small/medium businesses.
“We are continually focused on ways to improve our service offering to OEMs in the network and infrastructure space, and today’s announcement exemplifies our focus on developing cutting-edge products for a more competitive wireless and networking solution,” said Brent Serbin, Global Vice President and General Manager of Flextronics Infrastructure Design and Engineering. “Freescale has a strong reputation as a leader in embedded semiconductor markets that are also served by Flextronics, which creates a great deal of synergy and enables us to leverage the benefits of our combined services and skill sets.”