Small is beautiful -- and useful. Swedish company Nanoradio has completed an $11.5 million round B financing which will allow it to accelerate production of its first-generation, low-power WiFi chip set solution, called NRX700. The NRX700 is a modest chip: In addition to being the least power-hungry WiFi chip (at +18 dBm RF output only 130mA, during receive mode 53 mA, and in standby 0,05mA), it is also the world's smallest, with a total die size of only 20mm2. The sheer smallness and power modesty of this single chip System in Package (SIP) makes it ideal for installing high-speed wireless access in mobile phones, MP3 players, handheld computing devices, PDAs, mobile gaming platforms, digital video, still cameras, and headsets. The introduction of the NRX700 will speed up VoIP and fixed-to-cellular telephone convergence, and make easier the revolution in media content transforming to digital mobile media supported by standards such as UMA and IMS.
The funding round included a syndicate of four VC funds -- Nordic Venture Partners, Innovacom, Teknoinvest, and Industrifonden -- which also participated in round A. Evaluation kits are available immediately, with production quantities available from October 2006.
For more on the NRX700
-see this Gizmag report