Press Release Summary:
Designed for portable devices, 12LP14E power amplifier consumes 90 mA at 18 dBm and features idle current of 45 mA as well as linearity of less than 3% added error vector magnitude. Device operates over 2.4-2.5 GHz band, delivers 32% power added efficiency (PAE) at 22 dBm output power for 802.11g, and 30% PAE at 21.5 dBm output for 802.11b. Enclosed in 2.2 mm QFN package with height of .45 mm, it integrates temperature stable power detector for power control.
Original Press Release:
New Power Amplifier from SST Communications Brings High-Efficiency WLAN to Power-Sensitive Embedded Applications
New Low-Power, Small-Footprint Power Amplifier Enables 802.11g in Embedded Applications, Including Smart Phones, Portable Gaming Systems and PDAs
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 12 / / -- SST Communications, a developer of RF integrated circuits and modules for a wide range of wireless and multimedia applications and a subsidiary of SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.) (NASDAQ:SSTI), a leader in flash memory technology, today announced the latest addition to its high-efficiency line of power amplifiers for WiFi applications. The new 12LP14E power amplifier supports the high-capacity 802.11g wireless standard and features one of the lowest power consumption specifications available on the market today, 90mA at 18 dBm. The 12LP14E power amplifier's low power consumption and small packaging -- a 2mm x 2mm QFN package with a height of only .45mm -- make it a compelling solution for space-and power-constrained portable applications, such as smart phones, PDAs and handheld gaming platforms.
"The wireless connectivity benefits that helped WiFi revolutionize the notebook PC market are now available in a wide range of high-volume portable consumer electronics devices. And just as notebook PCs have migrated from 802.11b to the faster 802.11g WiFi standard, consumer electronics devices are now looking to do the same," said Daniel Chow, president, SST Communications. "The main obstacles designers face when trying to incorporate 802.11g in non-notebook, embedded consumer applications is power consumption and size. Our new 12LP14E eliminates these obstacles by providing a very high-efficiency power amplifier in an extremely small package to help proliferate the use of 802.11g beyond notebook PCs and into other portable consumer electronics."
In addition to its thrifty power consumption, low idle current of 45 mA and small packaging, the 12LP14E power amplifier has excellent linearity of less than 3 percent added EVM (error vector magnitude) at 18 dBm output power, which is essential for 54 Mbps 802.11g operation while meeting the standard's spectrum mask at +22 dBm min. Operating over the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz band, the 12LP14E power amplifier requires few external components and delivers 32 percent power added efficiency (PAE) at 22 dBm output power for 802.11g, and 30 percent PAE at 21.5 dBm output for 802.11b. Also included in the 12LP14E is an integrated temperature stable power detector to provide a reliable solution for power control.
SST Communications' power amplifiers are manufactured using a reliable InGaP/GaAs HBT technology, with tested MTTF exceeding 6x10^8 hours at 100 degrees C. The company has supplied power amplifiers to leading WLAN system vendors who adopt WLAN transceiver solutions from companies including Atheros and Broadcom.
Pricing and Availability
Samples of the 12LP14E power amplifier are available now, with volume production scheduled for Q4 2007. The device is priced at $0.36 in 10,000-unit quantities.
About SST Communications
SST Communications, a subsidiary of SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), is a fabless semiconductor company providing optimized RF solutions to enable wireless multimedia and broadband networking system applications. SST Communications designs RF power amplifiers and other RFICs with a system-oriented approach. The company provides optimized chip/module sets with a high level of integration, high performance and superb production readiness to facilitate high yield and low overall cost for wireless module/system manufacturing. The company has offices in Los Angeles, California and Taipei, Taiwan.
About Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, SST designs, manufactures and markets a diversified range of memory and non-memory products for high-volume applications in the digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing markets. Leveraging its proprietary, patented SuperFlash technology, SST is a leading provider of nonvolatile memory solutions with product families that include various densities of high-functionality flash memory components and flash mass storage products. The Company also offers its SuperFlash technology for embedded applications through its broad network of world-class manufacturing partners and technology licensees, including TSMC, which offers it under its trademark Emb-FLASH. SST's non-memory products include NAND controller-based products, smart card ICs and modules, flash microcontrollers and radio frequency ICs and modules. Further information on SST can be found on the Company's Web site at www.sst.com/.
For more information about SST and the company's comprehensive list of product offerings, please call 1-888/SST-CHIP. Information can also be requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through SST's Web site at www.sst.com/. SST's head office is located at 1171 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale, Calif.; telephone: 408/735-9110; fax: 408/735-9036.
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