MediaTek’s rapid growth has come in part from its ability to cross-sell into existing cstomers, and this SoC gives allows it to better compete for cross-platform deals with networking/consumer electronic chip manufacturers worldwide.
The RT6856 Wi-Fi SoC contains a 700MHz MIPS 34KEc CPU core and two PCI Express interfaces to enable interoperability with 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips for true Gigabit wireless "dual band concurrent" home networks for high quality data, voice and video applications. It allows users to simultaneously create two wireless networks, both running at full bandwidth speeds, offering a significant increase in total network capacity.
The part also features an RGMII interface that can be used with a Gigabit Ethernet switch, cable, or xDSL modem; two USB 2.0 interfaces for 3G/WiMAX/LTE connectivities, printing, consumer electronics, or wireless storage applications; and SPI, I2C, I2S, and PCM interfaces for audio and VoIP applications. Plus, the new SoC also includes the company’s hardware support for Network Address Translation (NAT) and other frame aggregation techniques that make its LAN to WAN routing performance five times faster than conventional software-based products. The device also includs a CPU-offloading intelligent NIC (iNIC) that allows manufacturers to easily incorporate wireless connectivity into products that previously lacked Wi-Fi capability without having to upgrade the host processor.
"Since the merger with Ralink, MediaTek has been proactively integrating technical advantages from both parties’ respective fields such as wireless communications, digital consumer and networking marketplaces. This not only brings synergy to our solutions for connected devices throughout digital homes, but also enables MediaTek to expand its presence in networking industries and enrich its product portfolio," said C.J. Hsieh, President of MediaTek. "The proliferation of high quality video, digital content, and Blu-Ray DVDs in homes is driving demand for greater Wi-Fi performance and coverage beyond existing single RF 802.11n devices. This will lead to the rapid adoption of dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi as the next key technology in both consumer and enterprise applications."