TI Ships 802.11g Standard Compliant Solutions

6/13/2003 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that it has begun providing its TNETW1130 802.11g solution to customers now that the IEEE 802.11g standard has been approved by the IEEE Standards Board. Current TI customers, SMC Networks and U.S. Robotics, and new customers, NETGEAR, Inc, Samsung, and Sitecom, will be using TI WLAN technology for their 802.11g and multi-mode Wi-Fi products. To provide customers fast time to market of new 802.11g products, TI is developing complete system designs with several original design manufacturers (ODMs) including Alpha Networks, Inc., Amit, AboCom Systems, Inc., ASUSTeK, Global Sun Tech, Mototech, SerComm and Z-Com. Additional customers will be announcing TNETW1130-based products in the upcoming weeks. As a key contributor to the 802.11g task group, TI congratulates the IEEE for approving 802.11g, which will enable the next generation of Wi-Fi products capable of 54Mbps data rates and backwards compatibility to existing 802.11b devices.

"Now that the IEEE Standards Board has approved the 802.11g standard and the Wi-Fi Alliance is going to begin interoperability testing, we will start to see the full application potential and growth of the 802.11g market," said Allen Nogee, principal analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "TI is delivering their differentiated 802.11g solution at the perfect time to capitalize on the growth of 802.11g with customers and ODMs who can quickly take their solution to market."

TI's TNETW1130 provides superior performance and interoperability within mixed mode networks (802.11b and 802.11g) by leveraging TI's success with mixed-mode 802.11b/b+ networks. The TNETW1130 will also provide an 802.11g+ turbo mode for at least a 50 percent throughput improvement over other 802.11g solutions. TI has invested heavily in internal interoperability testing with other 802.11g products to ensure that TNETW1130-based devices will be interoperable and provide high-performance operation in any network with any vendor combination.

"It is great news for TI and the industry that the 802.11g standard has been approved. We have been working to deliver standards-based products to our customers and ODMs that will not require hardware or software upgrades to ensure interoperability, unlike solutions that were deployed based on earlier drafts of the 802.11g standard," said Marc Cetto, general manager of TI's Wireless Networking Business Unit. "Following our success with 802.11b+, the TNETW1130 delivers high performance in mixed-mode networks, improved reach, and an 802.11g+ mode, all of which have been well received by our customers and ODM partners."

The TNETW1130, announced in October of 2002, offers higher throughput at longer distances for 802.11b, 802.11b+ (22Mbps), 802.11g, 802.11a and now 802.11g+ networks leveraging TI´s superior multi-path and receiver technology. The solution has been designed to support advanced security modes such as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), Cisco Compatible Extensions and the current 802.11i draft standard. For increased time to market, TI provides OEMs and ODMs complete system reference designs, development tools and regional design support for the TNETW1130. (For more information see: www.ti.com/tnetw1130.)

About Texas Instruments WLAN
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 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, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateways and carrier infrastructure. (See www.ti.com/wlan.)

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