IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today announced it has split up its wireless networking chip set efforts into two separate product groups aimed at specializing on the needs of home and business local area networks.
The business-oriented product group will focus on enterprise and OEM wireless local area networks (WLANs), while the home chip-set group will concentrate on consumer and PC products, said Intersil, which was spun out of Harris Corp. last year.
"The wireless LAN industry is growing rapidly and segmenting," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager of Intersil's Prism Wireless Products business unit. "Splitting into distinct product lines enables us to best meet the performance, cost and time-to-market needs of our customers in this dynamic environment."
Intersil said its roadmaps for both WLAN chip sets for business and home applications include support for the new 5-gigabit-per-second standard, known as IEEE 802.11b. The home products group plans to emphasize cost-reduced versions of products for the 5-Gbit/sec. WLANs, while the business group develops solutions for business networks with higher data rates and frequencies.
"Our enterprise and OEM customers require the highest possible performance in a full-featured wireless network," said Jim Zyren, director of the new business-oriented WLAN product group. "They demand compliance to global standards, reliability, security of data and sophisticated system features that allow for auto-configuration, roaming, load balancing and network management."
Meanwhile, consumers are now beginning to move to wireless networks for shared Internet access inside homes, and Intersil expects this segment to "explode with the worldwide roll-out of broadband access," said Jeff Abramowitz, director of the home and PC products at the company. "Our mission is to provide customers with building blocks that enable them to deliver simple, attractively-priced networking kits, gateways and Internet appliances that win in the consumer market," he explained.
The Prism chip series was launched by Harris Semiconductor in 1996 to serve the current 11-megabit/sec.wireless LAN standard, known as IEEE 802.11a. Intersil now says over 50 companies have incorporated the Prism chips in more than 100 product designs.