Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), or AppliedMicro today announced that its Catalina APM86491 embedded System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor represents the industry’s first solution tailored specifically for next generation IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points. Catalina’s enterprise-class QoS engine, TCP offload engines, a 4Gbps packet classification engine and application aware offloads allow consumers to store, stream and share digital content at lightning speeds for an enhanced digital media experience. The company will demonstrate the Catalina platform at 2012 International CES.
The IEEE 802.11ac standard emerges when the digital home network is converging toward an all-in-one appliance that serves as a router, wireless access point and networked storage drive. Catalina’s highly integrated design is ideally suited for this convergence because it supports a variety of high speed interfaces within the device. Two PCI-Express® 2.0 interfaces support dual concurrent 802.11ac radio devices; two SATA interfaces support internal storage connectivity and two USB 3.0 ports - one host and one OTG - provide external storage connectivity. Additionally, four Gigabit Ethernet ports are available for a variety of network configurations. This combination enables next generation 802.11ac wireless access points to be integrated into all-in-one network appliances. Catalina APM86491 is the industry’s first embedded processor equipped to handle the bandwidth requirements of this new class of consumer home network systems.
By providing market leading Wi-Fi® throughput of more than 2Gbps the Catalina APM86491 delivers enterprise-class performance for consumer applications. With the combination of 802.11ac support and two integrated USB 3.0 ports supporting bandwidth up to 5 Gbits/sec each, the Catalina enables transfer rates 10X faster than competing solutions for Wireless Access Points (WAP) with USB 2.0 ports. The SoC processor is also backward compatible to USB 2.0 devices.
“Current integrated radio and processor SoC solutions are unable to deliver the performance demanded by IEEE 802.11ac base systems, providing Catalina with unique positioning in this market. The latest WLAN standard offers longer range and improved wall penetration for better wireless network service. Additionally, 802.11ac supports more users and higher throughput to enable a richer media experience,” said Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded Processor Business Unit of AppliedMicro. “In order to build next-generation systems, it is essential to have a CPU with the throughput that delivers a high quality video streaming experience and support for multiple simultaneous streams. Catalina’s SLIMpro™ co-processor, TCP offload engines for both transmit and receive, queue manager, classifier and security engine divert CPU intensive tasks into hardware to deliver the industry’s best throughput performance for next-generation wireless access point designs.”