60 GHz Wireless Connection to Replace USB Connectors

Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its Lattice Snap wireless connector product family to support broader adoption of 60 GHz wireless technology in consumer and embedded applications. Snap wireless connectors use wireless technology for a connection rather than using physical connectors like USB. Designers can be liberated from the mechanical constraints of connectors, leading to optimized industrial designs that are thinner, lighter, and free from damage caused by water, dust, mud, and humidity. The new Lattice Snap modules, based on Lattice’s production-proven SiBEAM 60 GHz technology, enable manufacturers to easily integrate short-range, high-speed 60 GHz wireless links into their products.

To simplify the design process further, Lattice included the Snap modules, which are compliant with regulatory requirements in several jurisdictions, into their Snap evaluation kit for fast prototyping and time-to-market.

The Snap modules offer 12 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth at sub-frame latencies, making this technology ideal for the replacement of physical connectors, such as USB. By eliminating the connector, the industrial designs of new products can be optimized by making them thinner, lighter, and environment-proof, all while maintaining a robust and high-speed connection. To enable faster prototyping for both existing and new customers, Lattice created the Snap Evaluation Kit, which includes the modules, system design guidelines and improved de-bug tools.

The SiBEAM Snap wireless connector technology offers a unique advantage in data transfer for a variety of high volume mobile applications, such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks. The new Snap modules not only accelerate time to market, but will enable 60 GHz technology to be easily integrated into broader consumer and industrial products.

Key features of the Snap modules include:

  • Fully integrated power regulation, timing, 60 GHz antenna design & regulatory compliance
  • A plug and play approach to enabling a short range, high speed, wireless link

Lattice will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2018 at the Nuremberg Messe from February 27, 2018 - March 1, where the company will be showcasing Snap modules along with other products and technology solutions targeted for the industrial, automotive and consumer markets.

Click here to know more about Lattice’s Snap products.