Proven Wi-Fi technology designed for SoC integration enables lowest system cost
London, UK – 15th Dec, 2016 – Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that its high-performance Ensigma Explorer wireless communications IP has once again achieved Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ status. Certification was achieved this time via a reference design using the CxT200 chip which powers the Creator Ci40 development board. The Wi-Fi Alliance® certification covers Wi-Fi CERTIFIED a, b, g, n, ac, for two spatial streams; WPA™ – Enterprise and Personal; WPA2™ – Enterprise and Personal; and WMM®.
Imagination’s Ensigma wireless communications IP cores address the ever-growing challenge of proliferating communications and connectivity standards by supporting them all via a single architecture and, in addition, enabling them to be integrated onto SoCs with the lowest possible system cost.
Says Richard Edgar, director of communications technology, Imagination: “The market for both our high-performance Explorer Wi-Fi and low-power Whisper Wi-Fi solutions continues to grow and we are experiencing significantly increased levels of interest and traction. We’re delighted to share this news about a new certification on yet another Ensigma-enabled product. We continue to make it as easy as possible for our IP licensees to achieve certification for their own chips. This development can provide them – as well as customers of products using the CxT200 chip like the Creator Ci40 – with confidence in the quality, interoperability and completeness of Imagination’s Ensigma Wi-Fi solutions.”
Imagination operates extensive interoperability and testing labs using more than 100 test devices to support customers in meeting pre-certification requirements for Wi-Fi Alliance certifications and pre-qualification requirements for various regulatory bodies. This enables a seamless experience for customers in achieving success and enabling quick deployment of their final products to meet their time to market goals.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac is the latest generation of Wi-Fi, which delivers multi-gigabyte data rates, enabling devices to handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia streaming and rapid file transfer on tablets, gaming devices, handsets and many other devices. Ensigma Explorer wireless communications IP cores have undergone a rigorous program that tests for performance, compliance with the specification, interoperability across vendors, and backward compatibility to older standards ensuring support of legacy equipment already deployed in the field.
About Ensigma wireless connectivity IP
Ensigma wireless communications IP cores include the low-power Whisper family and the high-performance Explorer family, designed to address applications from ultra-low power to maximum performance. Because they share a common API, customers can reuse software across the platforms. Ensigma IP cores provide multi-standard support in a single architecture, designed to enable customers to bring standards such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Smart, GNSS and other existing or emerging low-power connectivity technologies onto their SoCs to minimize power consumption, silicon footprint and system cost compared with conventional solutions. Ensigma IP cores are shipping today in numerous low-power audio and connectivity devices with a growing range of designs in the pipeline. All Ensigma wireless communications IP solutions are provided as a complete communications solution from RF to software.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique multimedia, processor and connectivity technologies enable its customers get to market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic products. See: www.imgtec.com.