DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to move quickly to gain U.S. certification of its 22-megabit-per-second wireless local area network technology following last week's decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant interim waivers for new digital devices operating in the 2.4-GHz band.
TI's technology is based on the IEEE 802.11b standard, using Packet Binary Convolutional Code (PBCC) to increase the data rates. The Dallas chip company said its PBCC-22 technology has been designed to be compatible with existing 802.11b wireless LANs operating at existing 11-Mbit/sec. data rates.
"The impact of the FCC's decision is great news for the entire wirelessLAN industry since it should speed deployment of new products to market and accelerate the overall adoption of wireless networking by consumers," said Mike Hogan, general manager of TI's Wireless Networking Business Unit. "TI has been awaiting this expected FCC action to seek FCC approval for systems using our chips and PBCC-22 technology."
TI said FCC certification will enable its customers to offer higher data rates using the PBCC technology for 22-Mbit/sec. transmissions. On last Thursday, the FCC recognized two direct-sequence spread spectrum technologies that would be considered for waivers, according to TI. One was TI's PBCC technology and the other was wideband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (W-OFDM). Other technologies with similar transmission and interference properties will also be eligible, noted TI.
TI said its PBCC-22 technology is also one of the final candidates under consideration for even higher data rates under a planned IEEE 802.11g standard.