ANGACable, COLOGNE, Germany, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgo Networks,
Inc., pioneer and leader in high performance wireless technology, today
announced it is teaming up with the world leader in set-top box (STB) ICs,
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), to enable STBs to distribute rich media
content to TVs and other devices around the home wirelessly.
STMicroelectronics' products are currently found in the majority of
cable, satellite, terrestrial and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) STBs
available on the market today. Airgo's True MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple
Output) Media technology, capable of 240 Mbps which enables even faster
speeds than a wired connection to deliver a flawless multimedia experience,
will power STMicroelectronics' latest generation of wireless-capable STB
STBs featuring True MIMO Media technology will be able to stream live
TV and movies, including high definition content, throughout a home --
enough to ensure a viewer experience similar to watching content on a TV
directly wired to the STB. This will allow viewers to, for example, record
a live TV show on the PVR in their living room, then pause and watch the
program from the bedroom. No cables are needed to connect each networked
device, making set-up significantly easier and removing the need to drill
holes through walls, run wires under the carpet or pay for a professional
installation. Additionally, any STB in the home powered with
STMicroelectronics chipsets can now access PC media content wirelessly.
"Wireless offers consumers much greater convenience and eliminates
expensive support and installation costs that are currently preventing
service providers from fully distributing video content around the home,"
said Christos Lagomichos, corporate vice president and home entertainment
group general manager of STMicroelectronics. "Airgo was a natural choice of
partner since it has consistently led the field in developing wireless
technologies for home networking that offer superior speed, range and
"Airgo and STMicroelectronics' reference design is the first wireless
STB solution that provides the foundation of the digital home by delivering
reliable high definition streaming to replace cables and deliver internet
content to TVs and displays," said Greg Raleigh, president and CEO of Airgo
Networks. "Moreover, we are enabling the convergence of other high value
digital services such as VoIP, gaming and intensive data applications.
Airgo believes its partnership with STMicroelectronics, the leading
provider of chipsets to the STB market, will drive the creation of more
powerful, feature-rich and high-performance wireless home entertainment
networks that will firmly lend competitive advantage to service providers."
About Airgo Networks, Inc.
The founders of Airgo Networks 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. Now in its third generation, Airgo's True MIMO(TM) technology
has surpassed the speed of wireline connections, 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, All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.
SOURCE Airgo Networks, Inc.