SMC Networks and TI Forge Relationship to Deliver Wi-Fi Compatible, Double-Speed 802.11b Technology

6/20/2002 - SMC Networks, an industry-leading provider of wired and wireless networking solutions, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), a leader in broadband silicon and software, announced a relationship to deliver 802.11b-compatible wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions that will provide higher speeds and increased WLAN network coverage area for consumers.

Since TI´s ACX100 802.11b MAC/Baseband integrated chip is backwards compatible with existing 802.11b networks and products, SMC´s EZ ConnectTM Turbo 802.11 products can increase the performance of wireless LANs by extending the effective distance of the network up to 30 percent. The products also feature up to a 2x improvement in throughput with an optional high-performance 22Mbps mode that is compatible with existing 802.11b networks.

"Users that are eager to experience the flexibility and productivity increases associated with the implementation of wireless networks have been quick to adopt the now-pervasive 802.11b standard. However, as demands increased for greater data transfer speeds, the only options were to either replace their WLAN equipment or to await next-generation technologies that would be compatible with their existing hardware," explained Sean Keohane, CEO of SMC Networks Worldwide. "The new Wi-Fi compatible solutions delivered through our relationship with Texas Instruments will allow users to experience higher speeds and better performance in their 802.11 networks."

Through the incorporation of TI's ACX100 chip, SMC's WLAN solutions can provide up to a 30 percent improvement in linear reach resulting in a greater coverage area and the need for fewer access points to achieve desired coverage in home or office settings. The ACX100 also leverages advanced multi-path technology enabling SMC to provide high-performing 802.11b (11Mbps CCK) products with improved performance in noisy, interference-rich environments. The first SMC WLAN products based on TI's ACX100 will be introduced in the upcoming weeks.

"The relationship between Texas Instruments and SMC Networks is one of great benefit to both companies," stated Marc Cetto, general manager of TI's Wireless Networking Business Unit. "As a leading provider of wireless LAN solutions, SMC's adoption of our 802.11b-compatible high-performance 22Mbps technology will be instrumental in driving widespread implementation of this new 802.11b solution."

About SMC Networks
For 30 years, SMC Networks has set the standard for high-quality, standards-based PC connectivity and Internet access. SMC leverages global manufacturing resources and strategic relationships with technology innovators to bring to market a growing range of affordable, leading-edge products. These include award-winning Gigabit and Fast Ethernet Switching, Broadband, and Wireless connectivity products for small-to-medium sized enterprises, small office/home office and networked homes. In addition, the company provides a complete line of traditional network hardware solutions.

More information about SMC Networks is available at or by calling 800-SMC-4You.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers´ real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company´s businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.

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