Texas Instruments Introduces Wilink 8.0
Texas Instruments introduced their new Wilink 8.0 chip that combines 5 radios into one smaller chip. The 45 nm chip combines Wifi, GNSS (for GPS), NFC, Bluetooth, and FM all in one chip. Texas Instruments states that this convergent chip results in a 45% reduction in chip size and a 30% reduction in power use. The chip certainly does sound impressive with it being “capable of reaching more than 100Mbps Wi-Fi TCP throughput on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, the chips promise the fastest mobile streaming and high-definition (HD) mobile video capabilities, including Wi-Fi Direct™ and wireless display – all with low latency, low power consumption, and open source software support. WiLink 8.0 chips with integrated Wi-Fi MIMO yield 25 percent smaller size and 50 percent power savings as compared to other MIMOsolutions.” Texas Instruments states that WiLink 8.0 is currently sampling with “top tier OEMs” and they plan to be demonstrating the it in their booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Feb. 27- Mar. 1). I know you may be wondering what does this all mean to me? In short, smaller better performing devices with more wireless features (such as wifi display) and longer battery life.