Metalink Unveils 802.11n Concurrent Dual-Band System-on-Chip (SoC) Product Family
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Metalink Unveils 802.11n Concurrent Dual-Band System-on-Chip (SoC) Product Family

WLANPlus(TM) Solution for Residential Gateway Supports 2.4 and 5GHz Concurrently to Enable Wireless Distribution of Data and HD Video Throughout the Home

TAIPEI, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK), a provider of high-performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, today introduced its new SoC (System on Chip) product line. Metalink's innovative WLANPlus SoC is an 802.11n-compliant concurrent dual-band solution with integrated host network processor. By supporting operation on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time, Metalink's SoC significantly enhances the transmission capacity and quality of wireless home networks, especially for networking and multimedia applications.

The use of systems that offer concurrent support for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands enables a network to concurrently transmit HD multimedia content which requires the 5GHz band, while also supporting data networking and other legacy applications that utilize the 2.4GHz band. For this reason, a worldwide trend toward dual-band support is on the rise, with dual-band solutions being offered increasingly in consumer laptops, network interface cards (NICs) and other devices designed for wireless video distribution.

Metalink's WLANPlus 802.11n SoC product family includes the following offerings: 1) MtW8200, a concurrent dual-band 2x3 SoC; 2) MtW8201, a single-band 2.4GHz 2x3 SoC; and 3) MtW8202, a single-band 5GHz 2x3 SoC. All are robust 2x3 solutions that support data rates of up to 300Mbps throughout the home. In line with the IEEE's draft 2.0 specification for 802.11n (Wi-Fi) certification, the SoC product family is fully compliant with IEEE 802.11a/b/g-based legacy devices.

All of Metalink's SoCs are optimized for highest-level networking and multimedia performance. Features include a cost effective MIPS-based processor core with CPU clock rate of 200MHz; a high performance multi service bus architecture at 4.25Gbps; Ethernet ports for LAN and WAN connectivity; a high-speed SDRAM memory controller; and on-chip cache and scratchpad memory. They also offer a variety of host interfaces, including cardbus, mPCI, and PCI 2.3, and support Linux 2.4, Linux 2.6 and Windows CE.

MAC efficiency is enhanced through frame aggregation and block acknowledge. The SoC product line also supports 802.11n optional features to enhance performance, including:

- Full ML detector, resulting in a range improvement of approximately 40% while doubling the coverage area

- Advanced FEC scheme, enabling an additional 30% range improvement or increased speed

- Optimization for low latency applications, enabling unmatched performance by gaming and multimedia applications

- Space Time Block Coding (STBC), enabling a broader reception range for WiFi-enabled cellular phones

- Enhanced Quality of Service through implementation of EDCA Plus Admission Control

- Optimized bandwidth exploitation through implementation of Fast Link Adaptation

"5GHz is emerging as the band of choice for wireless set-top boxes, digital media adaptors and other video client devices, giving rise to a need for dual-band routers that can simultaneously support new and legacy applications," said Barry Volinskey, Metalink's Vice President of Wireless LAN Marketing. "We are proud to bring to market a cost-effective, cutting edge solution for creating dual-band concurrent access points and routers, enabling our customers to address these evolving market needs."

About Metalink

Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK) is a leading provider of high performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions. Metalink's WLAN and DSL technologies are designed to enable true broadband connectivity in every home, and its products revolutionize the broadband experience by facilitating the convergence of telecommunication, networking and entertainment.

Metalink's WLANPlus(TM) is a high-throughput, 802.11n-draft-compliant wireless LAN technology optimized for the networked home entertainment environment. Featuring advanced MIMO technology and full support of QoS, and operating in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, WLANPlus enables multi-room networking of multiple high-definition video streams. In addition, Metalink offers a broad range of symmetric DSL and VDSL products used by operators as a cost-effective network upgrade to support triple-play services.

Headquartered in Yakum, Israel, the company has design centers in USA (Atlanta, GA) and Taiwan, and sales offices in USA (Atlanta, GA), South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. Further information is available at

This press release contains "forward looking" information within the meaning of the United States securities laws that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are set forth from time to time in Metalink's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Metalink's Annual Report in Form F-20. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to republish or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrences of unanticipated events. The Company cannot guarantee future results, events, and levels of activity, performance, or achievements.


    Mor Abraham
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Metalink Ltd.
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