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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