Melbourne, Fla.--Nov. 17, 1997--Harris Semiconductor (Melbourne)and OTC Telecom (San Jose) have agreed to partner on the development of a new wireless LAN product that will enable network communications at an 11 Mbps data rate using direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) technology. The new product will support client/server work-group applications as well as peer-to-peer wireless networking. The product, code named CABERNET, is in the design stage with rollout to alpha customers targeted for early 1998.
CABERNET will be an extension of OTC Telecom's AirEZY2400 wireless LAN solution, which currently supports 2 Mbps data rates, and was introduced earlier this year. OTC and Harris have identified more than six alpha and beta sites for CABERNET, which is expected to be ready for market release in the second quarter 1998.
CABERNET incorporates Harris' new HFA3860 11Mbps baseband processor. The HFA3860 will take Harris' PRISM chipset and raise the data rate from 2 Mbps to 11 Mbps.
CABERNET will support a migration path for OTC's current AirEZY2400 customers who desire higher data rates, but will also act as a stand-alone product. A major consideration for CABERNET is to continue the ease of use and flexibility that are integral to OTC Telecom's other plug-and-play wireless networking products. CABERNET will support direct Ethernet connections and work with any existing operating systems without the need for additional software drivers.
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