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802.11 gateway supports wireless Linux devices

Sep 27, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Irvine, CA — (press release excerpt) — Intersil Corporation today announced that AbsoluteValue Systems is one of four partners exhibiting cutting-edge wireless networking products this week at its booth at Networld+Interop 2000 in Atlanta, Ga. AbsoluteValue is demonstrating a new 11 Mbps Wireless LAN Access Point that connects users of Linux-based PCs and laptop computers to a wired network.

“Our partnership with AbsoluteValue underscores our commitment to make wireless network connectivity a reality for all types of computing devices and platforms,” said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager of PRISM Wireless Products at
Intersil. “The scalability of Linux makes it an attractive operating system platform for emerging handheld Internet appliances that are hitting the market.”

Visitors to Intersil's booth will witness live demonstrations of customer products performing Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), wireless transmission of DVD movies, interactive games, wireless Internet browsing and small wireless Internet appliances, including wireless digital camcorders, palmtops, laptops and Webpads. All products utilize Intersil's 802.11 and 802.11b compliant direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) technology.

Since introducing the PRISM WLAN chip set in 1996, over fifty companies have incorporated PRISM chips in more than 100 product designs. In a May 2000 report, the Cahners In-Stat Group called Intersil “the dominant force in the WLAN chip set marketplace with their PRISM chipsets holding the majority of market share.” PRISM technology is designed to comply with the IEEE's 802.11 global standard, and Intersil is a founding sponsor of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), whose Wi-Fi brand is a mark of compatibility for 802.11-based systems. PRISM chips are used in WLAN systems from industry-leading companies including Alcatel, Nokia, Siemens, Cisco, Compaq, 3Com, Dell, Nortel, Samsung, SpectraLink, Symbol, and Zoom.

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