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Staccato's Single-Chip CMOS Ultra Wideband Solution Achieves Certification Milestones in US and Japanese Markets

7/25/07 - Staccato Communications announced that its Ripcord product family has earned official FCC certification and Japan TELEC regulatory approval. By delivering FCC and TELEC standards-compliant devices, Staccato is able to advance the state of reference design kits with customer engagements and accelerate customer time-to-market in both the US and Japan. As Ripcord approaches the production cycle and prepares to undergo additional certification processes, it remains as proof that the single-chip, all-CMOS solution is not only possible, but offers the most competitive offering due to the inherent performance and cost advantages of a design based on only one chip.

Staccato offers the Ripcord family of products based on Certified Wireless USB and the WiMedia Alliance's UWB Common Radio Platform. The Ripcord 3500 series is implemented using leading 110nm digital CMOS process technology and is offered as a complete System-in-Package (SiP) and Wafer Chip-Scale Package (WCSP). With this product offering, Staccato can deliver low-cost advantages to customers compared to other multiple chip solutions. It also enables Staccato to offer the smallest form factor and deliver with fast time-to-market.

"Being certified in Japan is a significant step as the Japanese emission mask is very stringent compared to the FCC regulations," said Roberto Aiello, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Staccato Communications. "Staccato remains heavily involved in worldwide regulatory development. After earning both FCC and TELEC approval, we are now focused on our engagement with the certification approval processes for the WiMedia Platform and Certified Wireless USB, both of which are in the process of approval."

"Staccato's leadership in single-chip, all-CMOS, complete solutions based on the WiMedia Common Radio Platform for Certified Wireless USB, remains strong, as evidenced by these recent domestic and international regulatory approvals. The company is committed to providing our customers the best solutions at the most competitive price in the industry," said Marty Colombatto, chairman and CEO for Staccato Communications. "As we look ahead, we recognize the continued need to provide customers next-generation solutions with the same benefits in price, power consumption and form-factor afforded by single-chip CMOS. By offering these critical advantages in smaller design process technologies such as 65nm, Staccato will not only speed up the product life cycle, but allow customers to seamlessly meet the crucial demands of the ever-changing and rapidly growing markets of Certified Wireless USB and Bluetooth 3.0."

Staccato's 110nm highly-integrated digital CMOS silicon includes RF, Digital Baseband, Media Access Controller (MAC), Memory, 32-bit RISC Processor, Encryption Engine and various I/O including USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Device and SDIO 1.1 Device. The deployment of the Ripcord solution will empower the personal computer, consumer electronic and mobile device industries with high-speed wireless personal area network (WPAN) solutions optimized for cost, power consumption and form-factor.

Based on the WiMedia Alliance's UWB Common Radio Platform and the Certified Wireless USB specification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Ripcord is a single-chip, all-CMOS solution offered as both a fully integrated System-In-Package (SiP) and Wafer Chip-Scale Package (WCSP) using leading 110nm digital CMOS process technology. Ripcord's high-level of integration minimizes design risk, lowers system cost and accelerates customers' time-to-market by consolidating all hardware and software components necessary to implement a solution based on 480 Mbps Certified Wireless USB.

Keywords: chip scale package, staccato communications, fcc certification, wimedia alliance, ripcord, digital cmos, regulatory development, wireless usb, telec, certification processes, japan, time to market, radio, customer engagements, compliant devices, Bluetooth

By Robert Hoskins

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