IRVINE, Calif.-- Intersil Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. today announced collaboration on high-speed wireless LAN client adapter reference designs, which help other companies make system products based on the IEEE 802.11g draft standard.
These reference design "blueprints" will be made available to third-party manufacturers for client products that connect to Cisco's wireless local area network infrastructure.
Irvine-based Intersil said it is contributing physical layer (PHY) technology, while Cisco in San Jose will provide its media access control (MAC) architecture and enterprise-class client software, including enhanced security.
The reference designs will give manufacturers everything needed to produce client devices, said Intersil and Cisco. The designs are compatible with the proposed IEEE 802.11g draft standard and support data rates up to 54 megabits per second. They are also backward compatibility with existing IEEE 802.11b wireless networking devices, the two companies said.
Intersil said its PRISM-based high-speed WLAN design will support the two mandatory modulation techniques, Complementary Code Keying (CCK) and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM).
"This new agreement will accelerate efforts for us to offer a high-speed, standards based solution in the 2.4-GHz band to our worldwide customer base," said Greg Williams, president and CEO of Intersil.
Products are scheduled to appear in the second half of 2002.