Ottawa, Canada -- IceFyre Semiconductor Corporation today announced that its SureFyre 802.11a Mini-PCI reference design (ICE5325-MRD) achieved Wi-Fi certification confirming that it has been proven to work seamlessly with all other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11a products. Wi-Fi certification is provided through testing managed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products.
WLAN-enabled Consumer Electronics " Burgeoning Market Demands Greater Performance Market research firm Forward Concepts forecasts that the market for WLAN-enabled multimedia and consumer electronics devices will exceed 126 million devices by 2007, more than double the size of the market for WLAN-enabled PC-centric devices. To realize this market opportunity, WLAN-enabled multimedia networks must feature low deployment cost and complexity while delivering perfect video, image and audio fidelity for a high quality end-user experience. Ultimately, this means multimedia content such as HDTV video must be delivered flawlessly throughout a multi-story home from a single WLAN access point or gateway.
Products that deliver poor multimedia quality or require the consumer to install and configure multiple devices to achieve "whole home" coverage will reduce market demand. To eliminate the need for high cost solutions including proprietary throughput enhancements, video transcoding and MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technologies as well as capitalize on interference-free spectrum and reliable high-throughput, OEMs are turning to cost-effective optimized 802.11a-based solutions that are available today. IEEE 802.11a solutions based on IceFyre components deliver the high output power, excellent transmit signal quality and receive sensitivity along with superior multipath tolerance required to deliver near-wire like fidelity that users expect, throughout a whole home.
SureFyre 802.11a Mini-PCI Reference Design
The SureFyre 802.11a Mini-PCI reference design sets new industry standards for performance and power consumption. Utilizing the industry leading output power, receive sensitivity, transmit signal linearity, multipath tolerance and per packet antenna diversity of the SureFyre 802.11a chipset, these systems realize greater than 30 Mbit/s throughput over a range exceeding 40 meters in severe multipath environments, a level of performance delivered without the aid of expensive multiple antenna technology and unmatched by alternative solutions in repeated independent in-home customer testing. This exceptional performance is maintained in the presence of shaded and blocked antennas, a common condition in homes that severely degrades the performance of alternative systems without effective per packet antenna diversity. The cost-effective reference design features the low cost, highly integrated SureFyre 802.11a chipset along with self-calibration capabilities for reduced system bill of material (BOM) and manufacturing costs.
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