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Wireless data standard gaining much support

The Associated Press
Tuesday May 01, 2001


SUNNYVALE — A new format for fast wireless networks gained the support Monday of four companies that will help develop and roll out the technology in an increasingly competitive environment. 

Card Access Inc., Intermec Technologies Corp., Proxim Inc. and TDK Corp. each will be allowed early access to the format being developed by Atheros Communications Inc. 

The technology – based on a standard called 802.11a – is one of many emerging formats that connect laptops, desktops, printers and other peripherals at tremendous speeds without wires.  

“These companies are united in their belief that 802.11a is the answer to both today’s market demands and tomorrow’s even more challenging requirements,” said Rich Redelfs, Atheros’ chief executive. 

Atheros’ technology operates at a higher frequency than many of its competitors and can transmit up to 72 megabits per second, the company said. 


Proxim: www.proxim.com/ 

Atheros: www.atheros.com