9/12/2002 - Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) will co-develop systems-on-chips (SoCs) for broadband wireless applications with Wi-LAN, a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies.
Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, Wi-LAN will combine its expertise in Wideband Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (W-OFDM) technology with FMA's ASIC design capabilities to integrate embedded processors and mixed signal technology into SoCs. This new development program will create a broadband wireless-access subscriber-station device for a wide range of business and individual users.
"The full potential of broadband applications and devices will be achieved when high-performance and highly integrated system-on-chip solutions, including embedded processors and mixed signal, can be offered at a low cost," said Keith Horn, FMA's vice president of marketing. "By working with a proven broadband wireless technology leader like Wi-LAN, Fujitsu will help broadband wireless access to finally come of age."
"This development and licensing agreement marks the beginning of our formal working relationship with Fujitsu Microelectronics," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN's chairman, president and CEO. "We will collaborate to develop W-OFDM SoCs for our BWS Series products and for sale to the wireless access market. This agreement is a key component in our ongoing strategy of reducing the cost of our products and licensing our intellectual property."
Wi-LAN and FMA are now working on proprietary W-OFDM SoCs based on Wi-LAN's BWS 3000 Series products, which began shipping on October 31, 2001. The next step is collaboration on SoCs built around the IEEE 802.16a draft standard. FMA will market the SoCs and related products.
Wi-LAN's knowledge of, and experience with, broadband wireless systems will help drive development of optimal, high-performance products. With its expertise in processor integration, IPWare™ cores and high-performance mixed signal, FMA will be responsible for putting together all the IP cores needed for these complex SoCs, and for delivering working, cost-effective solutions that reduce time to market for its customers.
These SoCs will provide a much needed boost to the broadband wireless market by supplying the first 802.16a compliant SoC at a price and performance point that will finally make it possible for subscriber-station devices to hit the price-performance "sweet spot," according to FMA's Keith Horn.
About Fujitsu Microelectronics (www.fma.fujitsu.com/asic)
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) designs, markets and supports a broad range of semiconductors and electronic devices. For product information, call 1-800-866-8608.
About Wi-LAN (www.wi-lan.com)
Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, specializing in high-speed Internet access, LAN/WAN extension and broadband wireless access. Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access products are known worldwide for their high quality and industry-leading technology. Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patent is necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g or ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 standards as well as the current drafts of the IEEE802.16a and ETSI BRAN HiperMAN proposed standards. Wi-LAN licenses its W-OFDM technology and has executed non-exclusive W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor companies. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com). Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN."
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