SOURCE: Ralink Technology

June 21, 2005 07:00 ET

Ralink Technology Introduces RT2600 MIMO XR™ 802.11 b/g Chipset

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2005 -- Ralink Technology Corp, a worldwide leader in WLAN chipset solutions, today announced the availability of RT2600 chipset for 802.11b/g that embodies Smart Antenna architecture, which is dubbed MIMO XR™. It features advanced Packet-OVERDRIVE™ and Range-OVERDRIVE™ technologies that attain higher performance in throughput and range while maintaining full compatibility with legacy devices in the market. The best-value chipset supports miniPCI/CardBus/PCI interfaces.

"Ralink always pushes its product line forward with higher performance and better value. The RT2600 is the newest member to the Ralink family that bridges the performance gap between current 11b/g and future 11n WLAN chipsets," said Sheng Lee, Ralink's CTO. "The MIMO XR™ chipset from Ralink creates a new dimension in WLAN market."

Packet-OVERDRIVE™ is a technology that combines Packet Burst, Block ACK and Frame Aggregation for up to 35 Mbps throughput, without resorting to channel bonding that decreases available channels and increases interference. Range-OVERDRIVE™ is another technology that incorporates Smart Antenna in receive and antenna diversity in transmit to maintain high-data rates at farther distances. While these advanced technologies contribute to an 80% range extension over conventional solutions on average, far more important is their ability to sustain high throughput under severe multipath environment that is highly critical to multimedia applications. Smart Antenna will be a key requirement of future 11n standard but is available now with Ralink RT2600 chipset, and it is compatible with beam-forming access points for still higher performance.

The new chipset also features a security engine to handle WPA/WPA2 as well as CCX 1.0/2.0/3.0, ensuring safer transfer of wireless data. For robust multimedia operations, the RT2600 is further WMM certified with full 802.11e compliance for excellent quality of service (QoS). This built-in feature optimizes a shared network bandwidth among competing multimedia applications.


Ralink RT2600 (MIMO XR™) chipset is currently available for sampling in PCI/miniPCI/CardBus interfaces. The RT2600 supports Windows 98SE, ME, 2K, XP, XP 64 bit, Mac OSX and open source Linux in 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels.

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About Ralink Technology Corp.

Ralink Technology is a leading developer of wireless IEEE 802.11x chipsets with emphasis on high performance, strong support, fast delivery and best value. Ralink's product portfolio includes complete 802.11b, 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g chipset solutions. These solutions are used globally to connect a broad range of wireless networking devices and wireless notebooks.

Ralink's R&D is jointly performed with its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and its office in Cupertino, California. In 802.11x chipsets, Ralink has captured more than 10% of the worldwide market share and counting.

Ralink Technology, the Ralink logo, Range-OVERDRIVE, Packet-OVERDRIVE, MIMO XR are trademarks of Ralink Technology.

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