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Dual WiFi/Bluetooth chip shown off

by on02 June 2010

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Ralink handles both at once

Ralink, a Taiwanese network chipmaker has released a new chip that can handle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at the same time.

The chip with the catchy title, RT3592BC8, is supposed to be the  first chip that's capable of simultaneous dual-band wireless-N and Bluetooth 3.0+HS operation. The outfit said that the chip which uses a half MiniCard design can be used in desktops, notebooks, Netbooks, and other mobile devices. It can manage wireless speeds, in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band, up to 300Mbps.  It has interference neutralising technology that allows Wi-Fi and Bluetooth components to spontaneously work well in the same band or on separate bands.

Ralink tells us that the RT3592BC8 uses an algorithm that dynamically adjusts WLAN and Bluetooth transmission parameters to maximize performance. It also adjusts to the presence of Wi-Fi networks operating in the area. Ralink claims that it can offer up to 80 percent improvement in WLAN throughput compared with other WLAN and Bluetooth set ups.

At the moment it is only on sale to OEMs and it will be under the bonnet of hardware later this year.
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