Wireless Applications

GainSpan Licenses Wipro-NewLogic’s WiLD 802.11 IP

January 7, 2009

The sensor network technology provider will use the optimized IP and SoC architecture to extend battery life to 10 years on a single AA battery.


LUSTENAU, Austria /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Wipro-NewLogic, the semiconductor IP business of Wipro Ltd. and the "number one provider of wireless connectivity IPs," announced that GainSpan, an innovator in Wi-Fi sensor network technology, has licensed Wipro-NewLogic's WiLD 802.11 WLAN MAC, modem, and radio IP for use in its GS1010 system on chip (SoC) for Wi-Fi sensors.

The GainSpan GS1010 SoC is a highly integrated SoC, combining a complete WLAN subsystem, including the radio with an application CPU, SRAM and Flash memory, plus multiple I/Os for sensor connectivity. The SoC is designed for extreme low-power operations and features intelligent power management. Depending on the application, OEM products that incorporate the GainSpan GS1010 SoC can achieve battery life as long as 10 years on a single AA battery.

The WiLD IP provides a complete 802.11 WLAN solution, including MAC, modem, and radio technology. The IP supports both station and access-point modes. Wipro-NewLogic can also offer design services to customize the IP for special applications, such as sensor, industrial automation, defense, and space, among many others.

"With Wipro-NewLogic, we found an IP provider who not only had a complete and mature WLAN solution, including RF, but who could also help us customize the IP for extreme low-power operations," said Vijay Parmar, CEO at GainSpan.

"We are delighted to enable GainSpan to utilize 802.11 WLAN technology in an application that so far has been dominated by Zigbee and other implementations of IEEE 802.15.4 standards. Using our standards-compliant IP, battery-powered sensors and embedded applications based on GainSpan technology can now be deployed cost effectively, leveraging the huge installed base of Wi-Fi networks in residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal applications," said Senthil Murugesan, CEO, Wipro-NewLogic.

Wipro-NewLogic has been rated as the number one WLAN IP provider by Gartner for the third consecutive year. The WLAN IP has been integrated into SoC devices for a broad range of applications, such as audio streaming, gaming consoles, and Wi-Fi-WiMax combo chips. Besides WLAN, the company's IP portfolio includes Bluetooth, UWB, and 1394 solutions.

Wipro-NewLogic will be showcasing its WLAN and BT IP at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8–11, 2009, in South Hall 4, booth #35716.

About Wipro-NewLogic
Wipro-NewLogic is a leading semiconductor design services provider and supplier of intellectual property (IP) cores for complex wireless and wireline applications; these include WLAN, Bluetooth, Ultra-WideBand, and IEEE 1394 (FireWire). The portfolio of IP cores also contains software, silicon proven WLAN multiband radio, and mixed-signal blocks, such as AFEs, synthesizers, and PLLs.

The services span over digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF-based SoC design, including specialized support for IP customization, SoC and system integration, ASIC backend, reference design development, prototype testing, firmware development, application development, and software porting. Wipro-NewLogic also provides post GDS2 services, such as device characterization, test development, and support for device production, packaging, and test.

For more information, contact Wipro-NewLogic. Millennium Park 6, 6890 Lustenau/Austria, +43 5577 995-211; email to semi.ip@wipro.com.

Wipro-NewLogic is a subsidiary of Wipro Limited.

About Wipro
Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited, is the first PCMM Level 5– and SEI CMM Level 5–certified global IT services organization. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V 1.2, across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions, and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development, and maintenance services to corporations globally.

In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India, offering system integration, network integration, software solutions, and IT services.

Wipro also has a profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations.

About GainSpan
GainSpan is a leader in low-power Wi-Fi semiconductor and software solutions that provide up to 10 years of battery life to sensors and other embedded applications. With its cost-effective, energy-efficient, and IT-friendly solution, GainSpan enables the deployment of cost-saving and energy-saving sensors and devices, leveraging the huge installed base of Wi-Fi networks.


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