Alereon’s Ultra-WideBand wireless connects off-the-shelf military devices into a soldier Wireless Personal Area Network
Alereon – Austin, TX – May 4, 2015 – Alereon recently demonstrated for the government an Ultra-WideBand (UWB) Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) comprised of multiple off-the-shelf military devices. Working with partners and Army labs, Alereon showed the viability of connecting existing soldier-carried devices using short-range, difficult-to-detect UWB links that carry a wide range of protocols from high-bandwidth video to low-bandwidth serial data.
At the center of the network was a Samsung Note II smartphone. The smartphone was able to simultaneously feed screen video to a head-mounted display, collect position data from a laser range finder and GPS, exchange network data with an off-body radio, and exchange audio with a headset. The Alereon radios comprising the WPAN interacted to create optimal data scheduling while minimizing power and avoiding interference. The WPAN demonstrated the ability of Alereon’s radios to transfer high-bandwidth real-time video while interacting with very low-bandwidth and low-power serial, I2S, and USB devices. Using scheduling that optimizes sleep and hibernation, the Alereon radio can operate a low-bandwidth device with as little as 60 milliWatts of power.
Alereon, Inc. is the world-wide leader in UWB solutions that create high-throughput, low power, low latency links for military, commercial, and medical technology.
Alereon’s Ultra-WideBand wireless powers a pair of evaluation kits that demonstrate wireless USB and Ethernet cable replacement
Alereon – Austin, TX – October 20, 2014 – Alereon announces the availability of two evaluation kits powered by the AL5350/AL5100 chipset that demonstrate wireless cable replacement. Each kit contains two Alereon radios that replace a high-speed cable out of the box. The kits’ ease-of-use allows customers to quickly set up and evaluate a short-range, high-bandwidth wireless link that transparently replaces either a USB cable or Ethernet cable.
The AL57600-EVK replaces an Ethernet cable between two computing nodes or between a computing node and a switch. Each radio plugs into its respective computing node via a short Ethernet cable. The EVK converts Ethernet to UWB wireless for over the air transport. The AL57700-EVK replaces a variety of USB cabling between a USB host and one or more USB devices. In its simplest form, the EVK replaces a point-to-point link between a USB host and USB device or USB composite device, all without installing drivers on the USB host system. Variations of the EVK involve installation of Alereon drivers, but allow the connection of a USB host to a USB hub, or the connection of a USB host to multiple USB devices simultaneously. Refer to Alereon’s website under Products and Services for details.
Alereon, Inc. is the world-wide leader in UWB solutions that create high-throughput, low power, low latency links for military, commercial, and medical technology.
Alereon’s Ultra-WideBand wireless connectivity implements key feature for U.S. Army night-vision weapon sights and goggles
Alereon – Austin, TX – July 28, 2014 – The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems and DRS Technologies to develop new night-vision weapon sights and head-mounted goggles. Alereon supplies both vendors with Ultra-WideBand (UWB) radio technology that connects the weapon sight and goggles via a high-speed, difficult-to-detect link that carries real-time video and sensor data. The contracts, worth $800 million dollars, were awarded by the Army Contracting Command after a five-company “bake-off” for development of Family of Weapon Sights-Individual (FWS-I) and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III (ENVG III) solutions for the military. The combination of FWS-I and ENVG III allows soldiers to operate more efficiently at night or from behind cover, improving soldier lethality, effectiveness and survivability. The wireless component provided by Alereon eliminates the wire between the weapon sight and goggle, reducing weight and avoiding snag hazards. Alereon will work with DRS and BAE to satisfy orders over the next five years.
Alereon, Inc. is the world-wide leader in UWB solutions that create high-throughput, low power, low latency links for military, commercial, medical, and automotive technology.
Investment provides for expansion of current wireless LCD monitor market and technology expansion for industrial, networking and gaming products.
Alereon – Austin, TX – June 6, 2012 – Alereon, Inc., today announced they have closed on $6 million dollars of additional financing led by Enhanced Capital Partners with participation from Alereon’s current investors Pharos Capital Partners and Duchossois Technology Partners. The infusion of capital will allow expansion of Alereon’s current wireless monitor docking station technology used in products such as the Samsung Central Station and the newly introduced Samsung Smart Station as well as the development of new technologies for industrial, medical, networking and gaming products.
“Alereon continues to be a world leader in UWB short range wireless technology” said Rafael Castro, Enhanced Capital Director. “Enhanced Capital is excited to be able to provide them the capital to expand their current business and customer base as well as help them expand their current markets.”
Alereon is continuing to advance UWB technology providing both new OS and protocol support for current products as well as developing next generation products increasing speed and quality of service. The recent addition of Apple OS support has allowed Alereon current customers to increase wireless monitor docking station penetration in both the consumer and commercial markets.
In addition Alereon’s recent addition of TCP/IP protocol over UWB as an alternative to the original wireless USB protocol provides Alereon with the product portfolio to address new markets where current Wi-Fi solutions performance and functionality cannot meet customer wireless requirements. These include industrial, medical, military and gaming products where Quality of Service is critical and the increased saturation of Wi-Fi traffic makes guaranteeing video performance near impossible.
Ability to connect Android smartphones or tablets to monitors, HDTVs and docks provides the ultimate in flexibility to your home and office environment
Alereon – International CES, Las Vegas NV- January 9, 2012 – Alereon, Inc., the leader in high speed wireless technology for video and data applications today announced they are demonstrating high-speed wireless connectivity from Android-based smartphones and tablets to integrated wireless monitors/docks as well as HDTVs. This technology enables users to keep their smartphone or tablet in their pocket or purse and wirelessly mirror the screen to their desktop monitor, including support for keyboard, mouse and other Android supported USB peripherals.
“Tablets and smartphones are destined to be the eventual center of our personal computing universe,” said Eric Broockman Alereon CEO. “Alereon envisions a future where wireless monitors and HDTVs become the center piece for your desktop and home. Your smartphone, laptop and tablet will wirelessly connect at low latency to both manipulate text, graphics and video at the office, or enable a compelling gaming experience in your home. Consumers will have the option for their Android smartphone to become their pocketable computer and ultimately become their primary computing device”.
Alereon’s unique technology provides not only the performance that allows for all day glitch-free video connectivity, but full docking station capabilities exemplified by both the Samsung Central Station and the recently announced Series 7 Smart Station. Enter a room and wirelessly attach to a full size monitor, keyboard, mouse and peripherals. Simply leave the room to disconnect. In addition, by using the untapped radio spectrum from 6 to 9GHz Alereon’s ultrawideband (UWB) technology avoids congestion, interference and throughput issues that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth suffer in the limited 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum.
Based on the AL6000 Ultrawideband Wireless Chipset, Alereon’s UWB performance and use of unused wireless spectrum is especially important to applications such as wireless monitors that require guaranteed throughput with low latency for video performance such as wireless HDMI cable replacement or Android handset to monitor or HDTV or specialty industrial applications.
New advances increases performance, decreases price and power and add TCP/IP protocol support
Alereon – Austin, TX – October 31, 2011 – Alereon, Inc., today announced major enhancements to their UWB product family and roadmap that exploit the large untapped spectrum in the UWB frequency bands authorized in the US, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Canada, and many other major economies. Alereon’s announcement makes major advances in UWB technology versus the original UWB that has been shipping in customer products worldwide such as the Samsung Central Station CA750 and CA650 integrated monitor and docking stations.
“Alereon’s advancements in UWB allow us to now provide customers with the wireless performance and convenience they have envisioned for many applications where Wi-Fi is simply not suitable.” said Eric Broockman, Alereon CEO. “By driving significant performance enhancements in this untapped spectrum we avoid the congestion, interference and throughput issues that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth suffer in the 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum which is destined to get even worse as more Wi-Fi devices come to market. Alereon’s UWB performance enhancements are especially important to applications such as wireless monitors that require all day glitch free video performance, streaming video applications such as wireless HDMI cable replacement or Android handset to HDTV or specialty applications such as medical, industrial and military applications.”
Alereon is advancing UWB technology along four important axes: Protocols, Performance, Power and Price. Today, Alereon is announcing the availability of TCP/IP protocol over UWB as an alternative to the original wireless USB protocol developed by the USB Industry Forum. TCP/IP is the protocol commonly used over Ethernet and Wi-Fi for connecting to the Internet. Alereon’s new TCP/IP protocol support is available for Alereon’s currently shipping chipset families. Alereon will initially support TCP/IP in a Windows environment, but future support for Android and Linux are planned for early next year.
Along the Price and Power axes Alereon is announcing today the AL6301UWB BaseBand/MAC, a new 65nm low power chip for use in future generations of wireless monitors, USB mini-dongles and tablets. The AL6301 BBP/MAC uses a low power, and highly efficient 65nm manufacturing process. The AL6301 also includes sophisticated clock gating for low power operation and very low leakage power. The package size is a diminutive 6mm x 6mm – thus enabling very small adapter boards suitable for mini-dongles and portable applications. Power has been reduced 20% from the previous generation 90nm AL5301. The new AL6301 is available now.
Adds both 1080p and HDMI features to high-speed wireless reference designs
Alereon – Austin, TX – December 16, 2010 – Alereon, Inc., the technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) solutions, today announced the addition of several new wireless HDMI reference designs to the company’s UWB wireless solution offerings: The AL5750 1080p Wireless UWB Audio/Video Adapter, the AL5810/11 Wireless HDMI Encoder/Decoder and the AL5820/21 Wireless HDMI Encoder/Decoder with 3D support. All reference designs are powered by Alereon’s ECMA and ISO standard AL5000 worldwide Ultra Wideband chipset.
The AL5750 1080p reference design supports higher screen resolution, longer range and improved text and video performance with lower CPU utilization for laptop to HDTV applications. Based on the new SMSC UFX6000 USB Graphics Adapter the AL5750 adapter wirelessly supports up to 1080p in both standard and wide screen aspect ratios. Video output includes HDMI (v1.3 compliant) and optional VGA + stereo analog connectors. The design also includes two optional USB ports. An example application is a wireless desktop universal docking station.
The AL5810/11 provides wireless support for HDMI to HDMI cable replacement application, including High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection [HDCP] support. The AL5810/11 Wireless Encoder/Decoder, based on the Taifatech Encoder/Decoder supports 1080p with HDCP and is designed for cost sensitive applications while not sacrificing performance. This solution is ideal for usage in wireless HDMI cable replacement applications in conference rooms and for wall mounted HDTVs.
The AL5820/21 Wireless Encoder/Decoder with 3D support is based on the Cavium PureVu-3D™ CNW5302 Full-HD Video Co-Processor. This solution supports 1080p-60 with HDCP utilizing Cavium’s SLL Technology™ for achieving low latency. The AL5820/21 is targeted at high performance designs that support 3D applications with unsurpassed video quality. This solution is ideal for in room wireless HDMI cable replacement applications for connecting set top boxes or Blu-ray DVD players for large wall mounted HDTVs including gaming console applications.
Technology avoids WIFI channels to provide high performance wireless HD connections between laptops and HDTV displays
Alereon – Austin, TX – September 7, 2010 – Alereon, Inc., the technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) ECMA solutions, today announced that its AL5000 Worldwide UWB Family provides the wireless technology for Imation’s (NYSE: IMN) new Link™ Wireless Audio/Video Extender. Imation uses Alereon’s NoWire™ technology to provide a unique product that allows consumers and businesses to easily connect laptops or desktop computers wirelessly to HDTVs or projectors.
“There is tremendous consumer interest in being able to simply and easily link your laptop wirelessly to your HDTV,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “Being able to sit on your couch, surf the web, stream YouTube and Hulu videos and make Skype calls with the audio and video on your HDTV is what consumers are clamoring for. Imation, is an ideal partner with both strong technological skills and a large worldwide channel of distribution to bring these products to both the consumer and business markets.”
“Streaming audio and video from a laptop to an HDTV or projector is today’s killer app,” said Jason Elles, Imation global brand manager. “Using wireless technology from Alereon, our new Imation Link provides both PC and Mac users with a simple yet high performance product to make their viewing experience superior to other potential wireless solutions. Users will love the ability to be connected and up and running on the Link in under five minutes, without the hassle of tangled cords or costly cables. Combine the ease of use with the quality of the video and audio, and we believe the Link is a product consumers can’t help but love.”
The Alereon NoWire™ technology allows a notebook or desktop to quickly and easily wirelessly connect to an HDTV, monitor, projector or any other type of HDMI or VGA enabled display device. No wireless drivers or user interface need be installed allowing users to just plug in and immediately be up and running. The wireless link between the PC and HDTV operates at speeds up to 220 Mbps via ultra wideband wireless technology leaving the WiFi radio in the PC free to connect to the internet at full speed to stream video files from web sites such as Hulu, Netflix and YouTube.
Imation, the Imation logo, Link, Memorex and XtremeMac are trademarks of Imation Corp. and its subsidiaries.
First peripheral to showcase high throughput connectivity for the iPhone and iPod consumer
Alereon – Austin, TX – June 1, 2009 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Worldwide Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced the first demonstration of an Apple iPhone/iPod peripheral reference design based on the new worldwide, low power 90nm-LP AL5301 chip built at Samsung’s 12inch wafer fabrication facility in Korea.
The demonstration consists of a small wireless USB peripheral connected to a typical iPhone or iPod’s edge connector. The adapter enables any iPhone or iPod to both provide extra battery power/charging as well as synchronize wirelessly to iTunes whether on a Windows or MAC OS machine. Future enhancements will enable connectivity to HDTVs for displaying photos or videos.
“The success of the Apple iPhone and iPod motivated us to apply the simplicity of our low power Wireless USB solution to the needs for high throughput wireless connectivity for synchronization” said Eric Broockman, CEO at Alereon. “Our new AL5301, because of its low power consumption, allowed us to produce a small form factor ideal for use with Apple’s elegant iPhone family.”
The AL5301 is pin for pin compatible with the prior AL5300 which enables OEMs to easily transition existing products to this device to capitalize on the AL5301’s lower power consumption and enhanced feature set.
BAL5708 recognized as the only embedded notebook solution approved for use in UWB bandgroups one, three and six
Alereon – Austin, TX – December 15, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, announced today they have received FCC modular certification for its AL5708 Worldwide Wireless USB Half-MiniCard. The AL5708, which provides Wireless USB connectivity for laptops and desktop PCs, is the first and only FCC approved Wireless USB embedded notebook solution for use in UWB bandgroups one, three and six.
Alereon’s AL5708, which is PCI Express (PCIe) type H2 compliant, is based on the AL5000 family chipset that covers the entire UWB spectrum from 3.1–10.6 GHz. In addition, the AL5708 is the only solution to-date that supports bi-directional, isochronous data transfers both in and out allowing manufacturers to support common consumer devices such as USB speakers and webcams.
“PC developers require worldwide solutions that allow them to connect to the common USB devices consumers are already using,” said Eric Broockman, Alereon’s CEO. “The AL5708 not only offers a full range of Wireless USB capabilities that meets worldwide regulatory requirements, but our current performance of over 140Mbps throughput to a native device allows consumers to watch video, transfer files and work wirelessly today without noticing they do not have a USB cable.”
The AL5708 Half-MiniCard is the fifth Alereon product that has received FCC modular certification for Band Groups one, three and six, further expanding the rapidly growing portfolio of Wireless USB solutions, both on the host and device side, which Alereon will bring to market in early 2009. Alereon also received PCI Express V1.1 certification from the PCI-SIG for the AL5350 Worldwide PCIe WiMedia/UWB Baseband and MAC, the base chipset used in the AL5708 Half-MiniCard.
High-performance Hub and Adapter Kit first to support Webcams and USB audio
Alereon – Austin, TX – November 10, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced IOGEAR’s Wireless USB Hub and Adapter Kit (GUWH204KIT) is powered by Alereon’s AL5000 Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset. Leveraging each company’s USB-IF certified, first generation products, the IOGEAR solution is the only available hub and adapter that can operate in WiMedia band groups one, three, four and six, meeting regulatory requirements via simple software configuration.In addition, the IOGEAR solution is the first product that can support full isochronous data transfers to serve the needs of audio and video applications.
“We are pleased to work with IOGEAR, a true leader in the computing and peripherals connectivity space,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “As the Wireless USB market continues to expand, working with global leaders like IOGEAR, is an important part of Alereon’s strategy in the Wireless USB space.”
IOGEAR’s Wireless USB Hub and Adapter Kit facilitates wireless communication between a PC and USB devices, such as printers, scanners, external hard drives and MP3 players. It also supports isochronous data transfers both in and out, making it the first product to support devices such as USB speakers and Webcams. IOGEAR selected Alereon following rigorous examination of available certified Wireless USB products. Alereon was chosen based on compatibility, performance, ease of integration and expertise in the UWB and Wireless USB space.
“We strive to provide our consumer’s customers’ high-quality solutions that meet regulatory requirements,” said Miranda Su, executive vice president at IOGEAR “Alereon provides industry-leading throughput and is compatible with the regulatory environment, allowing OEMs to introduce products that meet the promise of Wireless USB.”
Also announced as official WiMedia PHY test bed for Bandgroup 1 and 3
Alereon – Austin, TX – November 5, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Worldwide Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced that the WiMedia Alliance has officially certified Alereon’s AL5000 Wireless USB chipset as one of the first UWB physical layer chipsets (PHYs) for operation in Bandgroup 6 (7.4 to 9.0GHz). The AL5000 Family has been shipping in volume production since the third quarter 2008. The chips from Alereon are among the first certifications to support the WiMedia Spectrum Extension Release (SER) announced in August.
“Upper bandgroup support is critical to the establishment of UWB as the worldwide standard for Personal Area Networks (PANs) in the PC, CE and mobile market segments,” said Stephen Wood, WiMedia president. “Customers looking to use standard products today that are both in volume production and known to meet the WiMedia specifications are now assured these products can meet their requirements.”
The SER specification is an extension to previous WiMedia specifications and provides support for worldwide operation on hopping channels above 6GHz to address mobile applications in particular (including Bluetooth®) on a global basis.
In addition, the Alliance also announced that Alereon was one of the initial chipsets qualified as an official PHY test bed for bandgroups 1 (3.1 to 4.8GHz) and 3 (6.3 to 7.9GHz). These test beds are precursors to the setup of independent test labs (ITLs) to perform WiMedia Certification testing. In turn, ITLs can offer more widely available Certification testing both globally and on demand.
“We are pleased to have been certified by the WiMedia Alliance for upper bandgroups and as a test bed,” said Dr. David Shoemaker, vice president of engineering and operations at Alereon. “Our bandgroup 1, 3, 4 and 6 products have been in production for more than a year and this validates the fact that Alereon’s products meet the stringent requirements customers need to bring their products to market today.”
Stonestreet One the “gold standard” for industry certification
Alereon – Austin, TX – November 3, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Worldwide Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced the acquisition of certain Wireless USB assets and the associated development team of Stonestreet One. The Stonestreet One Wireless USB drivers have been the gold standard used by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for platform certification since the organization began this work in 2007.
“We are pleased to have acquired this part of the business from Stonestreet One,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “The market for Wireless USB products continues to expand, and the addition of the intellectual property and engineering expertise from Stonestreet One provides us additional resources to accelerate our customers’ ability to bring new products to market.”
The addition of the Stonestreet One team expands Alereon’s software capabilities, adding depth of expertise in Linux, Windows XP, Vista, Mobile and the future Windows 7. The latest software produced by Alereon and Stonestreet One has the highest throughput in the industry and has created the world’s only Wireless USB bi-directional isochronous solution, enabling Wireless USB applications for both audio and webcams. Software acquired in this transaction includes Wireless USB WHCI, Device Wire Adapter (DWA) and Host Wire Adapter (HWA) drivers.
The Alereon AL5000 Chipset family transmits and receives WiMedia band groups one through six, which span frequencies of 3.1 to 10.6 GHz respectively. Unlike competitive bandgroup one or bandgroup three solutions, which may offer as little as a single channel in non-US applications, Alereon provides consumers in Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, China and New Zealand with as many as 19 additional channels. Manufacturers standardizing on Alereon solutions can produce a single product or SKU that can be designed and sold worldwide with a simple software modification to meet local regulatory requirements.
New high-performance, full feature Docking Station first to support web cams and USB audio
Alereon – Austin, TX – October 22, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced Toshiba’s new Wireless USB dynadock™ is powered by Alereon’s AL5000 Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset. The new Toshiba solution is the world’s highest performance and the only full featured docking station to meet the needs of the office environment. In addition, when used in conjunction with a Toshiba PCIe ExpressCard or WUSB adapter the dynadock™ is the only solution available worldwide that can operate in WiMedia band groups one, three, and six meeting regulatory requirements across the globe via simple software configuration.
“The Toshiba wireless dynadock™ is a real breakthrough in wireless USB products,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “With features and performance that no other product on the market can match, the dynadock™ brings the best of Alereon’s technology together with one of the world’s top computer and peripheral manufacturers and delivers a breakthrough product that customers can really use”.
The Toshiba dynadock™ is a universal wireless docking station with video output to easily connect to all of your workspace peripherals, including an external monitor. The docking station includes not only multiple USB connections, but unlike other wireless docking solutions, the dynadock™ adds support for Ethernet, and is the first solution to support full bi-directional isochronous data transfers to serve the needs of audio and video applications such as USB speakers web cams and video cameras. As with all Wireless USB solutions connectivity is simple, the user just enters the range of the dock to connect, and leaves the range to disconnect.If the user chooses not to use the wireless capabilities, unlike other solutions the dynadock™ allows a wired USB connection to be used instead of a wireless one.
“We strive to provide our consumers high-quality solutions that provide industry leading features and performance,” said Hitoshi Tokuda, General Manager of World-Wide Marketing PC Options for Toshiba PC, “Alereon is one of the industry leaders in providing high throughput, innovative features and functions, such as support for audio and video devices, and is compatible with the worldwide regulatory environment.”
AL5604 recognized as the first approved product for use in UWB band groups one, three and six
Alereon – Austin, TX – August 11, 2008 – Alereon, Inc.,the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced the AL5604 Worldwide Wireless USB Adapter, which provides Wireless USB connectivity for laptops and desktop PCs, has been granted FCC modular certification as the first approved Wireless USB product for use in UWB bandgroups one, three and six. The USB Adapter is the first of several Alereon designs expected to be granted modular certification by the FCC in the WiMedia upper bandgroups this quarter.The AL5604 is based on the AL5000 family chipset, which covers the entire UWB spectrum from 3.1–10.6 GHz.
“PC developers worldwide require solutions that allow them to seamlessly manufacture new products and conduct everyday business operations without barriers,” said Eric Broockman, Alereon’s CEO. “The AL5604 not only offers a full range of Wireless USB capabilities that meets worldwide regulatory requirements, but also meets customers performance needs achieving over 140Mbps throughput to a native device. As Alereon continues to receive FCC certification on its products, we are able to effectively transition from testing to global production.”
“The higher band groups supported by the AL5604 allow various global markets, including the United States, European Union, Korea, Japan, China and New Zealand, to have a frequency plan that works within their regulatory environment,” said Dr. Jim Lansford, CTO of Alereon. “Alereon continues to maintain FCC compliance while also providing full access to more than 10 channels of Wireless USB in any country, enabling a true worldwide solution.”
First chipset designed to meet Windows Premium Logo Program
Alereon – Austin, TX – April 28, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced the latest addition to their AL5000 worldwide product family, the new AL5350 BaseBand Processor (BBP) plus Media Access Controller (MAC) that pairs with the previously announced AL5100 RF transceiver. The new chipset, based on Alereon’s previously certified AL5000 family design, features both a USB and PCI Express interface designed for high performance PC embedded Half-MiniCard Wireless USB applications, docking stations, wireless monitors and wireless connections from laptops to HDTVs. In addition, the AL5350/AL5100 chipset was designed to meet the new Windows Premium Logo Program Windows Host Controller Interface (WLP WHCI) requirements.
“The ability to provide a single high performance solution that customers can use worldwide is essential to large OEMs who are beginning to make significant shipments,” said Brian O’Rourke, principal analyst, In-Stat. “The fact that Alereon’s chipset is not only worldwide, but can also provide greater than 200 Mbps throughput will allow vendors to introduce end products that finally meet the promise of Wireless USB.”
Alereon’s AL5000 family includes the AL5300/AL5100 chipset along with the new AL5350/AL5100 chipset. Both are based on WiMedia’s common radio platform and integrate all essential RF circuitry plus the BBP/MAC and software to develop a worldwide Wireless USB product. Covering all WiMedia bands from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz, the AL5350/AL5100 chipset was optimized to operate at full speed over-the-air while requiring minimal memory or resources, allowing for easy integration into PC host applications and accessory products alike. Additionally, Alereon’s AL5000 family chipsets are the only worldwide solutions that support WiMedia band groups 1, 3, 4, and 6, offering Wireless USB connectivity over the full WiMedia spectrum by providing greater than 10 channels in every region of the world. The AL5350 BBP/MAC adds a high performance PCIe interface that is ideal for host applications such as video, where true performance is required.
“Alereon is truly unique in two ways,” said Dr. David Shoemaker, Alereon’s Vice President of Engineering and Operations. “First, we are the only full solution provider for both PC host and peripheral applications. Second, all of Alereon’s RF and Baseband technology is developed in-house which minimizes our customer’s risk in working with multiple vendors and alleviates concerns about the continuity of supply resulting from dependencies on third party IP.”
The AL5350/AL5100 chipset is currently available for initial sampling. Volume production will begin this quarter.
WiMedia Registers Dual-Band Physical Layer Chipsets Allowing Devices to Operate Above 6 GHz
Alereon – Austin, TX – March 11, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, announced that its AL5000 family chipset – the AL5100 RF transceiver and the AL5300 BaseBand Processor (BBP) plus Media Access Controller (MAC) – has been registered as compliant with the WiMedia Physical Layer (PHY) 1.1 specification and interoperable with both WiMedia Band Group 1 (3.168-4.752 GHz) and WiMedia Band Group 3 (6.336-7.920 GHz), which are vital for Wireless USB devices in Europe and Asia that operate above 6 GHz. Alereon’s chipset is the only chipset that supports WiMedia bandgroups 1, 3, 4 and 6, providing customers a single hardware solution that can meet regulatory requirements worldwide.
“With its multiband radios, Alereon is well positioned to benefit from the increased interest in higher-band UWB radios, particularly in Europe and Asia,” commented Brian O’Rourke, senior analyst with In-Stat.
Alereon’s AL5000 family includes the AL5300/AL5100 chipset, and is based on WiMedia’s common radio platform. The AL5300/AL5100 chipset integrates all the essential RF circuitry plus the Media Access Controller (MAC), BaseBand processor (BBP) and software to develop a worldwide Wireless USB product. Covering all WiMedia bands from 3.1GHz to 10.6 GHz, the AL5300/AL5100 has been optimized for both PC host applications and embedded applications, such as PC embedded and aftermarket devices, handheld electronics, consumer electronics and mobile products where space and power consumption are at a premium. In addition the AL5300/AL5100 is the only worldwide solution that can provide use of the full WiMedia bandwidth by providing greater than 10 channels in every region of the world.
“Alereon offers the first global UWB product that gives customers the freedom to work in any world market while still adhering to UWB regulations,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “Our goal has been and remains to be to stay ahead of the curve and respond to the needs of our customers by providing a simple solution that will allow all of their devices to interoperate. The adoption of the WiMedia specifications broadens the possibilities for future devices that enable Wireless USB.”
Alereon chipset honored at CES
Alereon – Austin, TX – January 7, 2008 – Alereon, Inc., the Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology leader for WiMedia and Certified Wireless USB applications, today announced that its AL5000 Certified Wireless USB Chipset has been named a 2008 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honoree for the Enabling Technologies category.
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics (CE) products in the industry’s hottest product categories. “Innovations” has become a hallmark for the best-designed products in consumer technology.
“Recognition by such a prestigious organization is yet another significant milestone for Alereon as we continue to drive the growth of the UWB and Certified Wireless USB markets,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “This award is a testament to our proven, industry-leading technology that meets worldwide regulatory requirements, without sacrificing performance; thus, enabling the rapid production of wireless USB products to help create a world without wires.”
WiMedia-Certified AL5000 Chipset Enables High-Quality Wireless Displays
Palo Alto, California – December 10, 2007 – DisplayLink and Alereon today jointly announced the availability of a reference design for a Wireless USB display adapter that allows PCs to connect to nearby standard displays without wires while delivering beautiful image quality and instantaneously interactive performance.
The reference design pairs Alereon’s Worldwide WiMedia Alliance®-certified AL5000 chipset with DisplayLink’s network display technology to provide a solution that achieves the high image quality and the performance of wired displays without the wires. In addition, this is the only adapter design available that allows manufacturers to produce a Wireless USB adapter that meets all regulatory requirements across the globe. The design uses Wireless USB to deliver fast ultra-wideband (UWB) speeds using a standard wireless USB input and output resolutions up to 1680 x1050 and 16.7 million colors with smooth DVD video playback and quick responsiveness.
“A display connected using this wireless reference design feels and looks to a user exactly like a wired display,” said Hamid Farzaneh, DisplayLink president and CEO. “As evidenced by the proliferation of wireless mice and keyboards, the availability of the technology to bring the same freedom to monitors is just what OEMs need to spur explosive growth in this market.”
DisplayLink technology is comprised of high-performance Hardware Rendering Engine (HRE) network display chips and Virtual Graphics Card (VGC) software that power high-quality, fully interactive 32-bit true-color graphics with real-time video playback across a USB link. They are designed for monitor manufacturers, PC OEMs and PC accessory companies who want to develop easy to use high performance products such as USB-connected monitors, video-capable USB laptop docking stations, Skype video phones, picture frames and other devices. The company’s adaptive compression algorithm and graphics protocol can also transmit graphics over other standard network interfaces, including wireless USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset Qualified at WiMedia’s First Certification Event
BUSINESS WIRE – Austin, TX – October 8, 2007 – Alereon, Inc., the Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology leader for WiMedia and Certified Wireless USB applications, today announced the WiMedia Alliance® certification of Alereon’s AL5000 platform as one of the first silicon products certified on WiMedia’s Ultra Wideband (UWB) Common Radio Platform.
WiMedia certification assures customers of interoperability with other WiMedia compliant platforms. Alereon’s chipset has been sampling since June and is the only Wireless USB and WiMedia solution to meet regulatory requirements worldwide, including the US, Japan, Korea, Europe and draft regulations in China. Further, the AL5000 platform is capable of supporting frequencies from 3.1 to 10.6GHz, which covers band groups 1, 2, 3, 6, 4 and 5, providing customers with the frequency agility under software control to develop a single solution for all worldwide applications, or to develop specific systems for a single geography.
“This is yet another significant milestone as we continue to work with the WiMedia Alliance in driving the growth of the UWB and Certified Wireless USB market,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “With the recent successful registration of both our AL5300/4100 chipset and AL5300/5100 worldwide chipset, in addition to the Wireless USB certification we received in April, we continue to be the only company that can provide solutions that are flexible enough to meet the regulatory requirements worldwide, without sacrificing performance. Further, our full high-band support future proofs our customers products by enabling customers to begin development now for the future high speed Bluetooth specification, which specifies the use of frequencies above 6Ghz.”
The AL5000 family chipset integrates all the essential RF circuitry, including power amplifier, LNA and T/R switch in addition to the Media Access Controller (MAC) and BaseBand Processor (BBP), and includes the software necessary to develop a worldwide Wireless USB product. Covering the entire WiMedia spectrum from 3.1GHz to 10.6 GHz, the AL5300/5100 chipset was optimized for both PC host applications and embedded applications – such as PC aftermarket devices, handheld electronics, consumer electronics and mobile products, where space and power consumption are at a premium. Alereon recently demonstrated its worldwide solution in an 11mm x14 mm module at CEATEC, achieving applications level throughput over 200Mbps in Bandgroup 6, as well as in a ½ mini-card solution at the Intel Developers Forum.
UWB Leader Offers First Ultra Wideband Chipset with Worldwide Capability
Alereon – Austin, TX – September 18, 2007 – Alereon, Inc., the Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology leader for WiMedia and Certified Wireless USB applications, has successfully completed the official WiMedia Alliance Registration Program for its AL5300/4100 and AL5300/5100 WiMedia chipsets, both members of the company’s AL5000 family, which is based on the WiMedia common radio platform.
“The registration of Alereon’s latest chipsets resulted from stringent interoperability tests designed to meet WiMedia compliance and the global ultrawideband standard,” said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. “By adding these new chipsets to our growing family of certified wireless USB products, Alereon continues to solidify its position as a leader and pacesetter in the global UWB market space.”
WiMedia’s Certification Program is comprised of two parts, the first of which, a compliance and interoperability program, tests and “registers” PHY implementations, based on the WiMedia Alliance’s PHY specification. Once a PHY is registered, it then becomes eligible for use in a platform that can be submitted for certification against the program’s second part, the WiMedia Platform Certification. Registration by the official certification program offers a significant step toward delivering high-speed (480 Mbps and more), low-power wireless electronic products based on Certified Wireless USB, from the USB-IF.
WiMedia is the standard radio platform for UWB technologies. With its high-speed, low-power capabilities, WiMedia UWB has been selected by the USB-IF as well as the Bluetooth SIG as the foundation for tomorrow’s wireless consumer electronics, mobile and computer applications.
Device meets worldwide regulatory requirements which will support future Certified Wireless USB, WiMedia and Bluetooth
Alereon – Austin, TX – June 18, 2007 – Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for mobile ultrawideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced its AL5000 Family, the first ultrawideband solution able to meet all regulatory requirements worldwide for applications based on Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and WiMedia. The initial products in the AL5000 Family include the AL5300 Dual Role Device Media Access Controller/BaseBand Processor (MAC/BBP) and the AL5100 RF Transceiver, both based upon and software compatible with the AL4000 Certified Wireless USB chipset, the only native device solution certified by the USB-Implementers Forum (USB-IF).
The AL5100 RF Transceiver is the world’s first and only UWB transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving all 14 bands of the WiMedia ultrawideband spectrum. The current WiMedia specification has already been accepted by ECMA and ISO as the worldwide standard for ultrawideband technology. In addition, the AL5000 Chipset was specifically designed to transmit and receive WiMedia band groups one, two, three, four, five and six which span frequencies from 3.1 to 10.6 GHz. Supporting band groups four, five and six (7.9 to 10.6 GHz) allows Alereon to provide consumers in Japan and Korea with 17 channels, which is comparable to channel allocation for consumers in the rest of the world. This contrasts with alternative solutions that support band groups one and three only, providing Japan and Korea with only a single channel. The AL5000 Chipset is ideal for Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth or WiMedia manufacturers that wish to address various worldwide markets including the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and which have differing UWB regulatory requirements. A single worldwide AL5000 solution allows their research and development, certification, manufacturing logistics and inventory to be streamlined, resulting in significant cost and time to market savings.
“Last fall, the USB Implementers Forum announced plans to extend Certified Wireless USB specification to support the upper band requirements of the WiMedia standard. With the AL5100 supporting all six WiMedia band groups, Alereon is well positioned to support Certified Wireless USB at these higher frequencies.” said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman and president of the USB-Implementers Forum.