New WiMAX Baseband SoC from Fujitsu Microelectronics Enables Smallest USB Adapters and Embedded Mini Cards for Mobile WiMAX Designs

    Delivers Low Power, Small Footprint Required for Innovative Netbooks,
    Handheld Devices

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu
Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), a global leader in WiMAX SoC technology,
today introduced its newest Mobile WiMAX baseband IC, a low-power, small-
footprint device designed for the expanding mobile PC market.
    The new Fujitsu MB86K23 mobile WiMAX baseband IC supports a wide range of
channel bandwidths including 3.5MHz, 5MHz, 7MHz, 10MHz, and 20MHz, along with
64QAM, 16QAM, and QPSK adaptive modulation schemes. It provides wireless
access using 512/1024/2048 FFT OFDMA with integrated MAC processors, supports
antenna diversity and beamforming, and includes all the features required for
WiMAX Forum Wave 2 mobile device certification.
    The MB86K23 is being manufactured using Fujitsu's 65nm low-leakage CMOS
process and CoolAdjust power-gating technology, which reduces power
consumption during operation by switching off power to circuit blocks that are
not in use. Standby current for an entire WiMAX module can be reduced to
0.5mA, enabling significantly longer battery life in mobile devices. The new
WiMAX baseband IC also incorporates a USB interface, so designers can develop
WiMAX USB adapters in ultra-small-form factors. SPI and SDIO interfaces also
are included.
    "We expect mobile WiMAX to become a key broadband wireless access
technology in many portable devices like Mobile Internet Device (MID), Ultra
Mobile PC (netbooks), Tablets, and even low-cost handsets for emerging
markets. This new baseband IC delivers the low power and small footprint
required for these exciting applications," said George Wu, Director of the
Embedded Platform Solutions business group of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America. "We continue to apply Fujitsu's leading-edge process technology and
expertise to maximize performance. The new MB86K23 represents an excellent
design choice to serve the fast-growing global market for WiMAX-equipped
    Features 36 Percent Power Reduction, 60 Percent Space Reduction from
Original Version
    The MB86K23 is the successor to the Fujitsu mobile WiMAX baseband IC, the
MB86K21, which targeted embedded WiMAX in mobile PCs and PC cards. The new IC
is 60 percent smaller than the MB86K21, which was certified by the WiMAX Forum
and sampled in summer 2007. (See the May 21, 2007, press release:
    When combined into a chipset with the Fujitsu MB86K52 RF IC and MB39C316
power-management IC, the MB86K23 enables developers to realize the industry's
most compact form factors -- just 20mm  x 40mm for WiMAX USB adapters, and
30mm x 26.8mm for PCI Express half-mini cards that incorporate both WiMAX and
Wi-Fi functionality.
    ODM vendors are now planning to release these kinds of products using
this WiMAX baseband IC. In addition to its low power requirements and small
footprint, the Fujitsu MB86K23 can use software that was developed for the
MB86K21, which has passed compatibility testing with many base stations.
    Pricing and Availability
    The new MB86K23 will be available in 10 mm x 10 mm FBGA packages in
April. Pricing is available upon request.
    Fujitsu Microelectronics will exhibit WiMAX devices and products at the
Mobile World Congress 2009 to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February
16-19. Fujitsu Microelectronics will be located at Hall/Stand 2C126 (2-0),
1.1HS52 (1-1).
    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the automotive, wireless, industrial, consumer, and other markets
throughout North and South America. As a founding member and current board
member of the WiMAX Forum(TM), Fujitsu supports the standards development and
compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless
deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging
the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications
markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-
certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please
visit the company's web site at, or address
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    Reference material:
    The Fujitsu MB86K23 mobile WiMAX baseband IC fact sheet:

    Fujitsu MB86K23 mobile WiMAX baseband IC high-res photo:
    All company or product names referenced herein are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this
press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change
without advance notice.

    Key Specifications of the MB86K23 LSI

    Package Size                   10mmx10mm
    Bandwidth                      3.5MHz, 5MHz, 7MHz, 10MHz, 20MHz
    Adaptive Modulation Method     64QAM / 16QAM / QPSK
    Wireless Access Method         512/1024/2048 FFT OFDMA
    Antenna                        2x2 STC/MIMO (Supports MatrixA & MatrixB)
    OS Compatibility               Windows Vista, etc.
    External Interfaces            USB, SDIO, SPI


For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America, Inc., +1-408-737-5647,; or Dick Davies of
IPRA, +1-415-652-7515, Web Site:

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