IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. said it has teamed with Sony Corp. in Japan to develop Point Coordination Function (PCF) technology for high-speed wireless local area networks in homes. The PCF technology is being added to Intersil's Prism chip set offering for IEEE 802.11b WLANs.
PCF and a Sony-developed communication protocol will allow fast wireless streaming audio and video over IEEE 802.1 WLANs, said Irvine-based Intersil.
"We share Sony's vision that broadband Internet services and wireless connectivity will revolutionize 802.11-based entertainment options in the home," said Greg Williams, chief executive officer and president of Intersil. "Significant for Intersil, this is the first commercial use of PCF in an 802.11b product and represents a major win for ourPRISM/home product line."
PCF and Sony's "airboard" system will enable consumers to have Internet access and view video from a single portable device that is networking data at 11 megabits per second over a IEEE 802.11b wireless connection.