10/14/2002 - Texas Instruments has been appointed to the board of directors of the Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly, "WECA") as the organization's latest Sponsor member helping to promote and expand the global Wi-Fi market. TI has been a contributing general member of the Wi-Fi Alliance since its acquisition of Alantro Communications in September 2000 and now joins eleven other companies at the board level. Additionally, TI's ACX100-based reference designs for IEEE 802.11b PC Card and access points (APs) have received Wi-Fi certification.
"Joining the Wi-Fi Alliance board allows TI to better address customer needs by working closer with other member companies to develop standards that drive Wi-Fi growth and adoption in a broader range of devices, such as PDAs and handsets," said Bill Carney, Director of Market Development for TI's Wireless Networking Business Unit and TI's board representative to the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wireless networking is a key business focus for TI. We have invested heavily in R&D, test labs and product development to enable the growth of Wi-Fi through more affordable 802.11 solutions."
TI's leading solution, the recently Wi-Fi certified ACX100, is a single-chip media access controller (MAC) and baseband processor for 802.11b applications. Reference designs based on the chip are being used by major networking equipment manufacturers, including D-Link, Linksys, SMC Networks and U.S. Robotics. PC Cards, APs and routers with the ACX100 are currently being shipped in retail channels.
About TI Wireless Networking
Texas Instruments provides high-performance, low power 802.11 solutions for the growing Wi-Fi market by leveraging the company's history of innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband. TI has Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11b designs and offers extended reach and rate to customers who want to deliver best in class 802.11 products to market quickly. TI's WLAN business is part of TI's comprehensive portfolio of broadband solutions including cable modems, DSL modems and infrastructure, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateways, and carrier infrastructure.
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