SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here today jumped in a new wireless-chip market, announcing a deal with Proxim Inc. to co-develop ICs and other products for an emerging home-networking standard.
The two companies will combine their expertise to develop products based on the HomeRF standard, which enables systems to obtain wireless data over a 2.4-GHz frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum technology.
Developed by the HomeRF Working Group, the HomeRF standard last week received a boost when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowed this technology to step the bandwidth from 1-MHz to 5-MHz.
As a result, Proxim and National will enable systems to obtain wireless data at 10-Mbit/s--nearly seven times faster than the current products on the market. The National/Proxim products will also allow data to move over a wireless network at distances up to 150 feet.
"Now, with the recent FCC ruling and our extended partnership with National, we will be able to create even faster, lower cost solutions that will position HomeRF as the standard of choice for wirefree data, voice and streaming media applications," said David King, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Proxim, a supplier of wireless local-area networking systems in Mountain View, Calif.