PALM BAY, Fla. -- Intersil Corp. today announced that Compaq Computer Corp. has incorporated Intersil's PRISM II wireless-LAN chip set as the silicon engine for Compaq's new WL Series of wireless networking products.
PRISM II is a highly integrated chip set that delivers wired Ethernet-equivalent speed and IEEE 802.11b (11 megabits per second) standards compatibility. Optimized for this high-data-rate wireless networking, PRISM II-based systems provide better, more reliable performance in all types of networking environments, according to Intersil.
"Compaq is committed to taking a major leadership role in driving wireless networking to the consumer and the enterprise," said J. Tempesta, vice president and general manager of the Displays & Peripherals Division at Compaq in Houston. "Several key factors are critical to achieving widespread market adoption of these product -- including price, performance and interoperability -- and we have a solid product roadmap to continue pushing the envelope on these areas. It is clear that Intersil shares a similar vision on the evolving needs of this market."
Compaq's WL Series consists of an 11 Mbits/s PC Card and PCI Card for wirelessly enabling portable and desktop PCs, as well as 11 Mbits/s hardware and software access points, which act as wireless gateways to a wired computer network. High-speed WLAN products enable users to stay connected to their LAN while roaming to meetings or other office locations. In addition, they enable IT departments to quickly integrate a wireless LAN into their existing network without the hassle of installing or removing wires.
"We continue to make dramatic technical strides with our PRISM line and are confident that we offer the highest performing, most cost-effective silicon available today to systems manufacturers eager to play in this market," said Chris Henningsen, vice president of marketing and co-leader of Intersil's PRISM Wireless Products.
"And with the ratification of a global interoperability standard for high speed wireless LANs now in place, this market is ready for the big time -- as evidenced by Compaq's formal entry into this marketplace."