JANUARY 2005 / 7
only 50 mA during active receive mode at 54 Mbps. Standby-power consump- tion in only 0.4 mA. Automatic power management further reduces power consumption. The CommASIC base- band Rx power is 150mW average (based on 80% listen, 20% receive) versus competing chips fromAtheros, Broadcom, Inprocomm and TI that average 335 mW to 1178mW, accord- ing to the company.
Note that CommASIC’s chip is just the MAC/BB, not a fully integrated sin- gle-chip MAC/BB/Radio like recent introductions from Atheros and CSR. According to CommASIC, the base- band/MAC chip consumes roughly 40% of the power in a conventional 802.11 two chip solution versus just 25% using its BB/MAC chip. The CommASIC chip also has a 25-30% smaller die size than competing devic- es, and that’s with a full (upper and lower layers) MAC on-chip, unlike some devices that use the host proces- sor for upper layer MAC processing. Lastly, CommASIC argues that its de- vices feature roughly 3-6dbm better RF performance than alternatives.
Production ICs are available now in limited supply. The devices are manu- factured at TSMC in 0.18u CMOS. The company is working with several un- disclosed Tier 1 OEM/ODM compa- nies in Asia.
CommASIC believes that multimode is the next big market opportunity and envisions 802.11 WLAN, WWAN technologies such as 3G, WiMax and HSDPA, and video standards like DVB-H and ISDB-T in one chip. Based on its WBSP technology, Com- mASIC anticipates further power and performance improvements from fu- ture WiFi baseband products and mul- timode offerings. Future plans will likely include other broadband stan- dards such as WCDMA, Wimax and 802.11n. The company is currently de-
veloping other undisclosed multi-mode devices.
L.C. Lee, Founder, President & Chair- man (previously created Iconn Wireless, a developer of CDMA wireless engines for handheld appli- cations, which was acquired by Wavecom)
Tien Nguyen, EVP of R&D (previous- ly founder and CEO of Comm A6, which consolidated with CommA- SIC in 2003)
Robert Boesel,VP of Engineering (pre- viously CTO for CommA6 and Di- rector of Systems Engineering at Qualcomm and Ericsson)
Kye Cheung,VP of Marketing & Prod- uct Development (most recently re- sponsible for the overall management of the CDMA modules business at Wavecom)
Jason Feng, VP of Business Develop- ment, Asia (previously VP of Cor- porate Development at Iconn Wireless)
Dr. David Chen, PhD.,VP of Engineer- ing, Asia Pacific (previously a se- nior staff scientist developing cable, terrestrial and satellite set-top box ASICs at Broadcom)
Hervé Gagnard, VP of Operations & Corporate Development (previous- ly Group VP at Wavecom)
16644 West Bernardo Dr., Suite 301 San Diego, CA 92127 Tel: 858.487.1788 Fax: 858.487.3724 www.CommASIC.com
Gyricon Media was spun off from Xe- rox PARC in December 2000 as a wholly owned subsidiary to develop electronic paper and integrated net- work signage solutions. The company has a $10 million 48,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan to produce its patented
SmartPaper™ media and signage so- lutions.
Gyricon’s primary technology is SmartPaper, a reusable monochromat- ic display material similar to regular pa- per, but electronically writeable and erasable. SmartPaper is non-volatile, is viewable in reflective light, has a wide viewing angle, is flexible and is rela- tively inexpensive. Unlike regular pa- per, it is electrically writeable and erasable, yet only requires power when information changes, thus ensuring long battery life.
Produced in a roll, like conventional paper, SmartPaper is comprised of two sheets of thin plastic with millions of tiny bichromal beads embedded in be- tween. Each bead is smaller than a grain of sand and has a different color on each half or “side.” The hemispheres are also charged differently (i.e. positive or neg- ative).
SmartPaper beads reside in their own cavities within the flexible sheet of material, so that under the influence of a voltage applied to the surface, they rotate to present one side or the other to the viewer. This image stays in place until a new voltage pattern is applied, which erases the previous image and generates a new one.
Based on its SmartPaper technology, Gyricon offers several versions of its SyncroSign Message Board. The Syn- croSigns feature wireless (WiFi) or wired Ethernet connection, flexible power source (AC or battery), lighted communication indicator, removable paper-insert topper, consumer replace- able batteries and the ability for either wall-mounting or tabletop use.
The SyncroSign E and V Series have a viewable display area of 16.7”W x 15”H with one line of headline text up to 19 characters and seven lines of body text with up to 25 characters. The Syn- croSign Merchandiser FreeStyle is
Copyright Pinestream Communications, Inc. 52 Pine Street, Weston, Massachusetts 02493 USA Tel 781.647.8800 Fax 781.647.8825 www.pinestream.com firstname.lastname@example.org