MediaTek collaborates with D-Link to deliver Wi-Fi Cloud routers

Telecom Lead Asia: Chip major MediaTek announced
that its Wi-Fi system-on-a-chip (SoC), the RT6856, has been incorporated into
D-Link’s latest Wi-Fi cloud routers.


D-Link will be shipping several new cloud routers in Q2
2012. The MediaTek RT6856 Wi-Fi SoC contains a powerful 700 MHz MIPS 34KEc CPU
core and dual PCI Express interfaces to simultaneously enable two Wi-Fi
streams for “dual band concurrent” home networks providing high
quality data, voice and video applications.


“MediaTek’s RT6856 SoC with hardware NAT technology
is suited perfectly for D-Link’s consumer-centric requirements: Rock-solid
wireless performance, whole home coverage, intuitive setup, and no customer
service ‘truck rolls’,” said SR Tsai, general manager of MediaTek’s
Wireless Connectivity & Networking Business Unit.


The company said that its SoC allows consumers to create
two wireless networks both running at full bandwidth speeds, thus offering a
significant increase in total network capacity.


The MediaTek RT6856 also features two USB 2.0 interfaces
for 3G/4G broadband connectivity, wireless printer sharing, or wireless storage
applications; and SPI, I2C, I2S, and PCM interfaces for audio streaming and
VoIP applications.


“As a valued partner, MediaTek’s solution delivers
many features tailored to the cloud computing environment which has helped
D-Link to significantly accelerate product planning and development,”
Chung also went on to say. We are grateful to MediaTek for supporting these
joint development projects that further enrich our offerings to sales channels
worldwide,” said Jocelyn Chung, VP of marketing at D-Link at
D-Link Corporation.


The MediaTek RT6856 system-on-a-chip solution can be
paired with any PCIe interface MediaTek WiFi chips to create different WiFi
configurations and can also be upgraded to support the upcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi
product line.


MediaTek plans to shift some projects to India from Taiwan


MediaTek is planning to shift some of the existing and
new projects to India from Taiwan, where it is headquartered. In Taiwan,
MediaTek has less than half of its global employee base of around 6,000. It
employs around 170 people in India.


MediaTek posted revenue of NT$19,615 million for the
first-quarter ended March 31, 2012, down 13.3 percent sequentially and 1.3
percent on a year-over-year basis.


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