Realtek's RTU7010 Ultra-Wideband Physical Layer Device Achieves WiMedia Alliance Registration

2006/11/30 First Approvals by WiMedia Alliance Establish Seamlessly Interoperable Set of Leading Ultra-Wideband Radios

HSINCHU, Taiwan and IRVINE, Calif. – November 30, 2006 –  Realtek Semiconductor Corp., one of the world's largest IC design houses and the market leader in Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio technology, today announced that its RTU7010 UWB physical layer device has received formal WiMedia Alliance registration, as part of WiMedia's launch of formal approvals for devices.  WiMedia approval means the RTU7010 has been demonstrated to interoperate seamlessly with all approved devices and has been accepted as fully compliant with all applicable WiMedia specifications. 

Registration is one step of a required two-step certification process managed by the WiMedia Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting interoperable, worldwide ultra-wideband personal area networking, and comprises all required testing related to the physical layer. The WiMedia Alliance is now approving physical layer devices conforming to the WiMedia PHY 1.1 specification, which provides data rates of up to 480Mbps, as the culmination of a series of five interoperability events held over the last nine months.  The second step in the WiMedia process, comprising protocol testing of end products, is targeted for completion by December 2006, in parallel with Certified Wireless USB testing conducted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).

“WiMedia's specifications and testing are among the most stringent and exhaustive of any wireless communication standard ever,” said Turi Aytur, director of UWB products at Realtek.  “Realtek is pleased the RTU7010 has passed this rigorous battery of tests in full, and is very pleased it is in the first set of devices to do so. ”   

Realtek was the first vendor to demonstrate all data rates in all mandatory channels of the WiMedia specification, in September 2005.  The RTU7010 is part of the Next Generation Certified Wireless USB PDK offered by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).  The 7mm x 7mm chip is the most compact WiMedia PHY solution available in the market.

Realtek PHY technology has been adopted by several partners for use with their respective Certified Wireless USB-based silicon solutions, enabling highly optimized two-chip Certified Wireless USB solutions for PC, PC peripherals, and other embedded applications. 

About the RTU7010
The RTU7010 implements all communications-related modes of the WiMedia PHY 1.1 standard in the 3.168~4.752GHz band, both mandatory and optional.  These modes include eight data rates, from 53.3 to 480Mbps, all fixed-frequency and frequency-hopped channels, standard and burst mode, standard and burst preamble, transmit power control, and link quality indicator, along with many proprietary detect-and-avoid features for managing coexistence with other wireless technologies.  The standard WiMedia MAC-PHY Interface 1.0 is also supported.  The chip integrates a digital baseband processor with two full radio chains, along with the circuitry for optimal combination of the two radio inputs, and fits in a 7mm x 7mm package.

The RTU7010 is available immediately.  An evaluation kit is also available.

About Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world's leading IC providers. It designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch/Gateway Controllers, 10/100/1000M Ethernet PHYceivers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, ADSL2+ Chips, VoIP Solutions, Ultra-Wideband Chips, AC'97/High Definition Audio Codecs, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, and LCD Monitor/LCD TV/DTV Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on the website:

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