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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Modules replace USB connectors with 60GHz wireless links

By Nick Flaherty

Lattice Semiconductor has launched a range of high bandwidth 60GHz wireless connector modules to support broader adoption of the technology in consumer and embedded applications. 

The Snap modules are based on Lattice’s production-proven SiBEAM 60 GHz technology to enable manufacturers to easily integrate short-range, high-speed 60 GHz wireless links into products. To simplify the design process further, Lattice included the Snap modules, which are compliant with regulatory requirements in several jurisdictions, into their Snap evaluation kit for fast prototyping and time-to-market.

“We were seeking a wireless solution that was robust, easy to integrate and wouldn’t require a lot of design support,” said Ehren Achee, CTO at SecuraShot. “Lattice’s Snap modules met all of our expectations, allowing us to develop a more rugged product that can seamlessly support the transfer of data wirelessly without delay.”

The Snap modules offer 12 Gbit/s full-duplex bandwidth at sub-frame latencies allowing it to replace physical USB connectors. By eliminating the connector, the industrial designs of new products can be optimized by making them thinner, lighter, and environment-proof, all while maintaining a robust and high-speed connection. 

To enable faster prototyping for both existing and new customers, Lattice created the Snap Evaluation Kit, which includes the modules, system design guidelines and improved de-bug tools.

“SiBEAM Snap wireless connector technology offers a unique advantage in data transfer for a variety of high volume mobile applications, such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks," said Abdullah Raouf, senior manager at Lattice. "The modules not only accelerate time to market, but will enable 60 GHz technology to be easily integrated into broader consumer and industrial products.”

The modules include fully integrated power regulation, timing, 60 GHz antenna design & regulatory compliance.

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