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
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.
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
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
Actiontec and the Actiontec logo are trademarks of Actiontec Electronics,
PRISM is a registered trademark of Intersil Corporation.
All other product names and trademarks are the property of their
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