Texas Instruments just announced the latest updates to its WiLink family: the WiLink 8.0 series consists of 15 different chips with a combination of five different radios on a single chip. The WiLink 8.0 series features support for NFC and the GLONASS positioning system, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM receive / transmit. The WiFi capabilities have been upgrades over the WiLink 7 series, with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, plus the inclusion of multiple input / multiple output (MIMO) to increase the overall throughput of the signal. TI's offerings can be grouped in five categories; the headlining WL189x solutions feature every radio that TI is including, while the WL187x and WL185x options omit either NFC or GNSS, respectively. The WL183x eliminates both, and the WL180x is a WiFi-only solution. Overall, TI has a wide variety of options for OEMs to start building with, and the company expects OEMs to start shipping products including the WiLink 8.0 family in the second half of 2012. While NFC hasn't exactly taken off in the US yet, having integrated NFC on a chip might help it gain more traction this year.
TI announces WiLink 8.0 chips with integrated NFC and GLONASS
Texas Instruments just announced the latest updates to its WiLink family of chips: the WiLink 8 family consists of 15 different chips that contain a combination of five different radios on a single chip.