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Berkana Wireless Introduces CMOS Transceivers with Best Performance/ Power Combination for Single-Chip Quad-Band GSM/GPRS RFICs.



CAMPBELL, Calif. -- BKW9000 Family of Transceivers Improves Quality of WirelessConnections, Helps Extend Battery Life, Reduce Size of Cellular Handsets

Berkana(R) Wireless Inc., a provider of highly integrated CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes.  radio frequency (RF) solutions for cellular and other multi-mode wireless connectivity, announced the introduction of a new family of single-chip CMOS transceivers offering the industry's best combination of performance, power and integration of any quad-band GSM/GPRS RFIC RFIC Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit
RFIC Radio Frequency Interface Chip
 (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit). The BKW9000 Transceivers feature a superior receiver performance across all four bands with a sensitivity as low as -110 dBm while consuming approximately 90 mA current. This combination of high performance and low power consumption ensures fewer dropped calls, better call quality and helps extend the battery life of cellular handsets and mobile terminals.

The Berkana BKW9000 Transceivers support GSM-850, EGSM-900, DCS-1800 and PCS-1900 bands through the integration of four low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), complete receiver and transmitter chains, synthesizers and filters. The BKW9000 Transceivers help reduce Bill of Materials The list of components that make up a system. For example, a bill of materials for a house would include the cement block, lumber, shingles, doors, windows, plumbing, electric, heating and so on.  (BOM) cost, requiring only five additional components to implement a quad-band GSM/GPRS Class 12 transceiver circuit. No external LC filters, transmit filters, transmit baluns, IF SAW filters or VCO (1) (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) An oscillator that can be tuned over a wide range of frequencies by applying a voltage (tuning voltage) to it. Used in many applications such as radio tuners, VCOs are less costly than crystal oscillators, but not as stable.  modules are required. In addition, the BKW9000 Transceivers enable smaller form-factor handsets by occupying less than 1.1 cm2 of printed circuit board (PCB PCB: see polychlorinated biphenyl.
PCB
 in full polychlorinated biphenyl

Any of a class of highly stable organic compounds prepared by the reaction of chlorine with biphenyl, a two-ring compound.
) area for the transceiver function, which is more than 50 percent smaller than the 2.4 cm2 of PCB space typically required by alternative solutions.

"The Berkana BKW9000 Transceivers offer the highest level of integration and feature a receiver performance and power consumption that is about 20 percent better than any other single-chip quad-band GSM/GPRS transceiver," said Dr. Beomsup Kim, co-founder and CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey.  of Berkana Wireless, a recognized communications expert and an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields.  Fellow.

Allen Nogee, principal analyst for the wireless-networking group of In-Stat/MDR, said, "Improved performance, lower power, reduced BOM and small size are all features that are important to handset ODMs and OEMs, as they provide a competitive advantage to worldwide GSM/GPRS carriers. Berkana Wireless is on the right track with their new single-chip CMOS transceivers."

Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.), said, "Berkana has demonstrated successful network calls using its BKW9000 Transceivers. While the RFIC transceiver market has tremendous growth potential, it is also a highly competitive arena. Success will come to the companies that can deliver cost-effective and reliable multi-mode transceivers with the best performance and power budget."

The BKW9000 Transceiver Family consists of the BKW9088 and BKW9089 Transceivers. The BKW9088 targets time-to-market designs using an external voltage-controlled temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (VC-TCXO VC-TCXO Voltage-Controlled Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator ) module. The BKW9089 offers the company's unique integrated temperature-compensated digitally controlled crystal oscillator (TC-DCXO) function, requiring only an external low-cost crystal. Both chips come in a low profile (7 mm x 7 mm x 0.85 mm) 48-pin QFN/MLF package, enabling integration into compact handset and handheld designs.

Berkana BKW9000 Transceivers are designed with the company's patented RF CMOS circuits -- eliminating multiple external components -- and advanced digital-RF-in-CMOS technology. This advanced technology employs digital signal processing See DSP.

Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled).
 techniques to address the complex RF/mixed-signal issues associated with high-speed multi-mode cellular IC design in CMOS. This approach results in transceivers offering higher integration, competitive performance, better programmability and more stable products. The BKW9000 Transceivers employ low-IF architecture and are manufactured in the standard 0.18 CMOS process from TSMC TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd
TSMC Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation
TSMC Traffic Systems Management Center
TSMC Toll Station Management Controller
TSMC Transportation Supply Maintenance Command
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, resulting in highly reliable and manufacturable devices.

"We have the funding and experienced team in place to ramp up Ramp Up

To increase a company's operations in anticipation of increased demand.

Notes:
A company might 'ramp up' operations if they just signed a contract creating substantially more demand for their product.
See also: Demand, Economies of Scale
 our BKW9000 Transceivers to high-volume production," said David Tahmassebi, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Berkana Wireless. "We are also pursuing an aggressive plan to bring to market our next generation multi-mode products based on our proven GSM/GPRS transceivers."

Status, Pricing and Availability

Berkana has completed key GSM 11.10-1/3GPP GPP Government Performance Project
GPP General Purpose Processor
GPP General Physical Preparedness
GPP Gambian People's Party
GPP Good Pharmacy Practice
GPP Gross Primary Productivity
GPP Green Procurement Program
GPP Generic Packetized Protocol
 TS51.010-1 system tests of the BKW9000 Transceivers with multiple leading baseband platforms and has demonstrated successful calls on AT&T Wireless, Cingular and T-Mobile, as well as selected Asian GSM carrier networks. The BKW9000 Transceivers are in the design-in stage at multiple customers, with comprehensive radio evaluation and reference design kits available now. The Berkana BKW9000 Transceivers are scheduled to be in production in the fourth quarter of this year and will be available for $4.50 per unit in quantities of 10,000 units.

Berkana Wireless Inc. is a private fabless semiconductor company A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of hardware devices implemented on semiconductor chips. It achieves an advantage by outsourcing the fabrication of the devices to a specialized semiconductor manufacturer called a semiconductor foundry or "fab.  founded in 2001 by Dr. Beomsup Kim and Dr. Cormac Conroy, two recognized communications ICs experts. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with a subsidiary in Korea, Berkana markets mixed-signal/RF CMOS ICs for cellular handsets and mobile terminals. The company's single-chip solutions deliver dramatic cost, power and space savings and enable the development of next-generation multi-mode handsets and wireless terminals. Berkana has a rich patent portfolio, a strong engineering team (including 18 PhDs) with extensive cellular systems experience and a design-to-manufacturing track record with RFICs. Its seasoned management team has experience in both startups and at major communications and wireless IC companies. Berkana has secured more than $30 million in funding from leading U.S. and Asian venture capital firms Name Location Founding date Managing Partners/Directors Specialty Capital managed
5AM Ventures Menlo Park, CA; Waltham, MA 2002 John Diekman, PhD (managing partner), Scott Rocklage, PhD (managing partner), Andrew Schwab (managing partner) life sciences $200M [1]
. Information about Berkana Wireless can be found at www.berkanawireless.com.
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