Marvell announced the Avastar 88W8897, a new 802.11ac chip that combines NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies.
According to Marvell, the new Avastar chip is designed to improve the mobile computing and high-definition multimedia performance in ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs. The chip’s 802.11ac technology gives it access to greater bandwidth over a WiFi link, enabling HD video streaming, tunneled direct link setup (TDLS) and high-speed wireless backup and synching for mobile devices. The chip’s integrated NFC enables device pairing with a simple tap.
Additionally, the Avastar’s low power output can keep devices in constant connectivity, allowing e-mail, social media and digital content to be updated even when a device is in standby mode, according to Marvell.
“The Avastar 88W8897 not only enhances the performance of current consumer electronic devices, but also enables a plethora of new applications and innovative products in mobile commerce, digital entertainment, health care and electronic security,” said Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell. “I believe the world’s first 802.11ac mobile MIMO combo solution with NFC will fundamentally change the wireless landscape and truly enable the entire spectrum of always-on consumer products.”