SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Actiontec Electronics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of broadband products, announced today its collaboration with Intersil Corporation (Nasdaq: ISIL) to jointly develop new embedded solutions for built-in wireless networking connectivity in PCs, laptops and handheld information appliances. One of the first products to result from this collaboration is the world's first dual-mode MiniPCI card that provides two types of connectivity on one small card -- phoneline v.90 modem connectivity and wireless IEEE 802.11b connectivity. The new Actiontec dual-mode MiniPCI card combines Intersil's PRISM(R) WLAN technology with Actiontec's v.90 modem technology. The new dual-mode card and a single-mode WLAN card are both optimized for high data rate embedded wireless networking applications for use in small handheld devices such as laptop PCs, Web pads and digital cameras. "Wireless networking is one of the hottest trends in mobile computing. Actiontec is effectively addressing this trend as well as the dial-up connectivity needs of OEMs by combining 802.11b wireless networking and V.90 modem technology into one MiniPCI slot," stated Ramzi Al-Harayeri, vice president of OEM sales for Actiontec. "This revolutionary solution eliminates the need for users to sacrifice a valuable PC card slot to stay connected to their wireless LAN or to the Internet. By achieving an unprecedented level of integration, it preserves a PC Card slot for other applications while providing system manufacturers with the greatest possible flexibility in system design." The wireless capability of the new card is made possible by Intersil's newest PRISM chip set and WLAN adaptor design. The PRISM 2.5 design integrates the digital portion -- the baseband processor (BBP) and the medium access controller (MAC) -- onto a single integrated circuit, eliminating a large number of I/O pins thus reducing board complexity, size and manufacturing cost. These advancements have enabled the move to the smaller MiniPCI form factor and lead the way toward even smaller forms such as Compact Flash, Cardbus, USB and embedded modules. "Widespread adoption of wireless LANs in the consumer, SOHO and enterprise segments is contingent upon the availability of low cost, high speed and ever-smaller solutions," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager of Intersil's PRISM Wireless Products. "Actiontec's new embedded MiniPCI solutions take a significant step forward in the delivery of high data rate wireless connectivity for small handheld devices. These Actiontec MiniPCI cards build-in wireless capability, eliminating add-in cards that are more costly and take up precious PCMCIA card slots." Actiontec intends to launch a complete line of wireless products that will utilize Intersil's PRISM technology in the first quarter of 2001. Actiontec's product offering for Tier 1 OEM customers will include two MiniPCI cards, both PRISM WLAN-based; the dual-mode, 11 Mbps WLAN and Actiontec v.90 modem card and the 11 Mbps WLAN single-mode card. Samples of the two MiniPCI products are available today, in limited quantities. About Intersil Intersil is a leading supplier of semiconductors, reference designs and software for wireless access and communications markets. Intersil applies analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) expertise to products that enable wireless access to broadband media; provide reliable power management for PCs, file servers and portable information appliances; and convert analog and digital signals in cellular and Internet infrastructure. For more information about Intersil, visit the company's Internet homepage at www.intersil.com . About Actiontec Initially known for its analog modems, Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is making significant strides in the broadband marketplace. The company's product line now includes a complete line of DSL, Internet Telephony, Networking and Analog devices. Actiontec products have been recognized with a Best of Show award at Retail Xchange, Editors Choice awards from CNET's computers.com, homePCnetwork.com, and Computer Retail Week; and Top 100 Products of the Year from Home Office Computing and Computer Shopper. Actiontec products are available through national distribution, retail outlets, and Actiontec's online store as well as through Tier 1 OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Arlington, VA; Irvine, CA and Taiwan. For more information, phone 408-752-7700, fax 408-541-9003, or visit http://www.actiontec.com . Actiontec and the Actiontec logo are trademarks of Actiontec Electronics, Inc. PRISM is a registered trademark of Intersil Corporation. All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders. 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