SiBEAM Introduces USB 3.0 802.11ad Reference Design Delivering Wireless Connectivity at Multi-Gigabit Speeds


  • Enables OEMs to build single-band 60 GHz or multi-band USB adapter accessory for laptops and desktops
  • USB 3.0 adapter reference design includes the 802.11ad MAC/Baseband and 60 GHz RF chipsets and a phase-array antenna
  • Interoperates with Qualcomm Atheros’ multi-band access point solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 4, 2016SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company (NASDAQ: LSCC), today announced a USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig®) for wireless connectivity at gigabit per second speeds over the 60 GHz frequency band. The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity to laptop and desktop computers and is designed to be fully complementary and interoperable end-to-end with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad networking solution.

Wireless data traffic continues to grow exponentially, causing significant congestion on 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. By operating over the much less crowded 60 GHz spectrum and supporting connectivity speeds up to ten times faster than today’s Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ad is expected to revolutionize wireless connectivity. To further improve performance, the reference design incorporates SiBEAM’s advanced beamforming technology to give OEMs robust RF performance for a more reliable wireless signal.

“The boom in applications like the wireless streaming of HD and 4K video are pushing existing Wi-Fi network technologies to their limit,” said Khurram Sheikh, president, SiBEAM, Inc. and chief strategy and technology officer, Lattice Semiconductor. “Our USB 3.0 802.11ad adapter reference design and its compatibility with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad access point solution means OEMs now have access to a complete, end-to-end solution for 60 GHz wireless networking that will provide the network speeds and low signal interference required to provide consumers with an uncompromised next-generation Wi-Fi experience.”

“We are happy to see more 802.11ad interoperable solutions being introduced,” said Tal Tamir, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. “The growing demand for better wireless user experience requires all of us to find ways to accelerate ecosystem adoption and SiBEAM’s USB 3.0 solution is an excellent example of that.”

The SiBEAM USB 3.0 802.11ad reference design (part number SK65011U) includes the SB6501, an 802.11ad MAC/baseband chip, and the Sil6312, a 60 GHz RF chip with on-package phase array antenna. The reference design will be available for interested parties to evaluate in early February 2016. For more information, please contact

CES® 2016 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Wednesday, January 6, 2016-Saturday, January 9, 2016
SiBEAM 802.11ad solutions, along with other 60 GHz technologies, will be demonstrated inside Lattice’s booth in the Meeting Place #MP26077, South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For editors interested in meeting with SiBEAM during CES 2016, please contact to schedule a briefing.

About SiBEAM, Inc.

SiBEAM is a pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications. The company was the first to build 60GHz chipsets using standard CMOS technology. SiBEAM is a global leader in driving next-generation architecture and semiconductor implementation of wireless connectivity solutions in the consumer electronics, mobile, enterprise and infrastructure markets. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. For more information, visit

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