Airgo and Samsung Launch the World's First MIMO Laptop

Samsung Brings Revolutionary True MIMO(TM) Performance to the Laptop Market



Jun 01, 2005, 01:00 ET from Airgo Networks, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Computex, Taipei, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgo
 Networks, Inc., pioneer and world leader of Multiple Input Multiple Output
 (MIMO) technology, the foundation for next generation Wi-Fi, today announced
 that Samsung will ship the world's first laptops with embedded MIMO-enhanced
 Wi-Fi technology based on Airgo's revolutionary True MIMO chipset.  The new
 Samsung X20 models will offer unparalleled MIMO-enhanced wireless performance
 while maintaining complete interoperability with the millions of 802.11b,
 802.11g, and 802.11a/g devices installed across the planet. The new Samsung
 X20 laptops are based on Airgo's high-performance, cost-effective and
 power-efficient second generation True MIMO chipset technology that delivers
 faster, farther and more reliable wireless connectivity in the home, at the
 office and on the road.
     "Given their significant technology lead, Airgo's True MIMO is the best
 fit for embedded wireless in our new high-performance Samsung X20 laptops,"
 said K.H. Uhm, vice president of marketing for Samsung. "Together, we are
 enabling the mobile office by offering a standards-based platform with
 wireless connectivity that outperforms all other embedded solutions on the
 market."
     NPD Techdata reports that sales of Wi-Fi products with Airgo's True MIMO
 chipset have been growing at a 48 percent monthly compounded growth rate since
 the first full month of shipping in the US retail market. With this embedded
 laptop win, Airgo expands into the large and growing PC OEM market segment.
 According to IDC, WLAN shipments for mobile PCs will grow from over 50 million
 in 2005 to more than 100 million by 2009.
     "As people rely more on wireless connectivity for their computer
 networking at work and at home, they are learning that the quality of their
 wireless connection is one of the most important buying factors in choosing a
 notebook computer", said Greg Raleigh, president and chief executive of Airgo
 Networks.  "Samsung has jumped into the lead on wireless notebooks by
 integrating Airgo's True MIMO solution into its X20 and X25 computers,
 providing consumers with worry free connectivity that supports even the
 highest speed applications.  At more than 10 times the performance of
 competing Intel Centrino powered alternatives, these new Samsung's True MIMO
 powered products are by far the best choice for wireless notebook buyers."
     Airgo's second generation True MIMO chipset is a high performance,
 cost-effective and low power alternative to the more basic Intel Centrino
 802.11g and 802.11a/b/g.  In its second generation chipset, Airgo has reduced
 the overall bill of materials (BOM) cost by about 20 percent and reduced power
 consumption by 18 percent, all while maintaining industry-leading range,
 throughput and reliability.  According to third party testing conducted by The
 Tolly Group, Samsung laptops with embedded True MIMO technology provide a more
 reliable user experience with 8 times the speed and 13 times the coverage as
 compared to the same notebook model with the latest model of the Intel
 Centrino wireless card.  Power consumption testing also shows that Airgo True
 MIMO technology is 2.1 times more energy efficient than Centrino wireless,
 resulting in dramatically improved battery life when Airgo True MIMO solutions
 are embedded in the laptop.
     The new Samsung X20 laptops with embedded Airgo True MIMO technology are
 fully compliant with the current IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards while
 simultaneously delivering extended range and higher data rates in a single
 20MHz channel. True MIMO ensures a robust wireless connection with the
 throughput-at-range and quality of service needed to run advanced applications
 at real world ranges.  Consumers benefit from this increased range,
 throughput, reliability and battery efficiency, while maintaining full
 compatibility with other devices on the same network and without creating
 interference on neighboring networks.
     Airgo is the only company to conceive, develop and deliver MIMO
 OFDM -- the technology at the core of the 802.11n next generation wireless LAN
 standard that sets a new performance bar for Wi-Fi customers. Airgo's True
 MIMO has revolutionized wireless technology by leveraging
 multipath -- reflections of a radio signal -- that for the last 100 years has
 been considered an impediment to radio performance. True MIMO takes advantage
 of multipath, and transmits multiple signals in a single 20MHz radio channel.
 These two advances lead to a multiplying effect in both data rates and
 reliable coverage area without using any additional spectrum. True MIMO refers
 to the specific form of MIMO based on spatial multiplexing as defined by all
 major proposals for the next generation 802.11n standard.
     In addition to the Samsung embedded laptop design, Airgo's True MIMO
 technology is shipping in products from four out of the top five retail Wi-Fi
 manufacturers that, according to Synergy Research Group, have a combined
 market share of more than of 60 percent of the worldwide home/SOHO Wi-Fi
 equipment market.  As Airgo continues to drive integration and volumes from
 one product generation to the next, consumers will benefit from MIMO-enhanced
 Wi-Fi as retail, PC OEM, enterprise and consumer electronic solutions continue
 to emerge based on Airgo's True MIMO chipset.
 
     About Samsung
     Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
 telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3
 billion.  Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in
 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units:  Digital
 Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor
 Business and Telecommunication Network Business.  Recognized as one of the
 fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest
 producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more
 information, please visit www.samsung.com.
 
     About Airgo
     The founders of Airgo Networks, Inc. have pioneered a wireless
 communication technique known as Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)
 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). A breakthrough in wireless,
 MIMO OFDM has been adopted as the foundation for defining the new IEEE 802.11n
 standard for next generation Wi-Fi(R). Airgo is first-to-market with
 802.11a/b/g-compliant MIMO enhanced chipset, software and reference design
 solutions. Airgo's True MIMO(TM) technology substantially improves performance
 and reliability, enabling the most bandwidth-intensive applications and
 eliminating the need for wires at home, at work, and in public places. Founded
 in January 2001, the company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.
 Information about Airgo Networks is available at www.airgonetworks.com.
 
     NOTE:  Airgo and the Airgo logo are registered trademarks of Airgo
 Networks, Inc. Airgo Networks, True MIMO, and Wireless Without Limits are
 trademarks of Airgo Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
 

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