TI's Breakthrough Technology Revolutionizes Optical Wireless Networking

Industry's First Optical Wireless Reference Design Uses TI's Analog

Micro-mirror and DSP to Deliver 100 Times Faster Data Rates



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated

    DALLAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- A new technology
 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:   TXN) dramatically cuts the
 cost and complexity of bringing the high-speed data rates of optical
 networking to end-users.  Combining its leadership in digital signal
 processors (DSP) and analog with MicroElectro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), TI
 announced today the immediate availability of its Optical Wireless Solutions
 reference design that allows system developers to wirelessly deploy dedicated
 100 Mbps 802.3 compliant Ethernet connections -- 100 times greater than
 currently available wireless systems.  This development expands the
 multi-billion dollar market for companies building systems or delivering
 services that harness optical networking technology, enabling high-speed
 broadband access networks for homes and offices.  (See
 http://www.ti.com/sc/alp).
     TI's Optical Wireless Solution brings more options for deploying networks
 by eliminating expensive labor and cabling costs as well as any spectrum
 licensing requirements worldwide.  Enabling fast and cost-effective
 deployment, TI's breakthrough makes optical networks viable and clears the way
 for highly affordable, multi-Gbps wireless optical networks; systems low
 enough in cost for businesses of any size and, ultimately, consumers to
 afford.
     In addition to wireless 100-Mbps full-duplex, point-to-point secure
 communications, TI's Optical Wireless Solutions reference design brings new
 levels of flexibility, manageability and ease-of-installation to local area
 network (LAN) system design.  TI's solution utilizes a packet-based
 transmission scheme compatible with comprehensive network management software,
 giving administrators the ability to implement fully managed systems.  Each
 smart unit can seek, acquire, track and hold its counterpart in the network
 and is capable of being managed remotely.
     "TI's Optical Wireless Solutions will enable network managers to choose a
 wireless format as a direct alternative to Cat 5 wiring in 100 Mbps switched
 networks with no degradation in performance.  With nearly one billion Ethernet
 ports on the planet, the opportunities for this reference design are real,"
 said Jose Melendez, worldwide manager, Analog MEMS Networking Products, TI.
 "This solution expands TI's portfolio of high-speed broadband options and
 enhances our existing portfolio of optical networking technologies.  "At the
 heart of the Optical Wireless Solutions reference design are TI's analog MEMS
 mirror, optical transceiver, mixed-signal, analog and DSP components.  The
 two-axis, gimbaled MEMS mirror reflects light with virtually no loss in
 optical power.  The DSP, coupled with extensive control algorithms, steers the
 mirror with precision to a fraction of a micron, allowing switching speeds of
 less than five milliseconds (ms).  In addition, TI's high-speed data
 converters, operational amplifiers and power management ICs combine to offer
 the performance required to meet the overall system needs.  Finally, by
 offering a programmable, flexible platform, customers and third parties can
 develop valuable network management software and enhanced feature sets that
 address their specific needs.
     The Optical Wireless Solutions reference design is the first product based
 on TI's Analog Light Processing platform, which is made up of TI's analog
 micro-mirror, DSP, analog ICs and software.  LAN systems are the first of many
 networking and data transmission products that will benefit from this
 platform.  TI's Analog Light Processing platform's ability to intelligently
 direct light across distances, independent of protocol and with unlimited data
 rates, makes it ideal for a variety of applications, including metro-free
 space optics, last mile residential connections, photonic switching and
 optical networking.
     TI's Optical Wireless Solutions reference design is available now, making
 this breakthrough possible in OEM products being designed today.  It can be
 viewed in action this week at the National Association of Broadcasters
 conference in Las Vegas at the Vbrick Technologies Booth #M9368.
     "The combination of our state-of-the-art Video over IP products with TI's
 groundbreaking optical wireless approach should lead to very exciting new
 applications in the markets we serve," said Frederick Geyer, Chief Executive
 Officer, VBrick Systems, Inc.
     First OEM products based on TI's reference design are planned to be
 introduced in June.
 
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
     Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol TXN.  More information is located on the World Wide Web at:
 http://www.ti.com
 
     Please refer all reader inquiries to:
     Texas Instruments Incorporated
     Semiconductor Group, SC-01081
     Literature Response Center
     P.O. Box 954
     Santa Clarita, CA  91380
     1-800-477-8924, ext. 4500
 
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    DALLAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- A new technology
 from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:   TXN) dramatically cuts the
 cost and complexity of bringing the high-speed data rates of optical
 networking to end-users.  Combining its leadership in digital signal
 processors (DSP) and analog with MicroElectro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), TI
 announced today the immediate availability of its Optical Wireless Solutions
 reference design that allows system developers to wirelessly deploy dedicated
 100 Mbps 802.3 compliant Ethernet connections -- 100 times greater than
 currently available wireless systems.  This development expands the
 multi-billion dollar market for companies building systems or delivering
 services that harness optical networking technology, enabling high-speed
 broadband access networks for homes and offices.  (See
 http://www.ti.com/sc/alp).
     TI's Optical Wireless Solution brings more options for deploying networks
 by eliminating expensive labor and cabling costs as well as any spectrum
 licensing requirements worldwide.  Enabling fast and cost-effective
 deployment, TI's breakthrough makes optical networks viable and clears the way
 for highly affordable, multi-Gbps wireless optical networks; systems low
 enough in cost for businesses of any size and, ultimately, consumers to
 afford.
     In addition to wireless 100-Mbps full-duplex, point-to-point secure
 communications, TI's Optical Wireless Solutions reference design brings new
 levels of flexibility, manageability and ease-of-installation to local area
 network (LAN) system design.  TI's solution utilizes a packet-based
 transmission scheme compatible with comprehensive network management software,
 giving administrators the ability to implement fully managed systems.  Each
 smart unit can seek, acquire, track and hold its counterpart in the network
 and is capable of being managed remotely.
     "TI's Optical Wireless Solutions will enable network managers to choose a
 wireless format as a direct alternative to Cat 5 wiring in 100 Mbps switched
 networks with no degradation in performance.  With nearly one billion Ethernet
 ports on the planet, the opportunities for this reference design are real,"
 said Jose Melendez, worldwide manager, Analog MEMS Networking Products, TI.
 "This solution expands TI's portfolio of high-speed broadband options and
 enhances our existing portfolio of optical networking technologies.  "At the
 heart of the Optical Wireless Solutions reference design are TI's analog MEMS
 mirror, optical transceiver, mixed-signal, analog and DSP components.  The
 two-axis, gimbaled MEMS mirror reflects light with virtually no loss in
 optical power.  The DSP, coupled with extensive control algorithms, steers the
 mirror with precision to a fraction of a micron, allowing switching speeds of
 less than five milliseconds (ms).  In addition, TI's high-speed data
 converters, operational amplifiers and power management ICs combine to offer
 the performance required to meet the overall system needs.  Finally, by
 offering a programmable, flexible platform, customers and third parties can
 develop valuable network management software and enhanced feature sets that
 address their specific needs.
     The Optical Wireless Solutions reference design is the first product based
 on TI's Analog Light Processing platform, which is made up of TI's analog
 micro-mirror, DSP, analog ICs and software.  LAN systems are the first of many
 networking and data transmission products that will benefit from this
 platform.  TI's Analog Light Processing platform's ability to intelligently
 direct light across distances, independent of protocol and with unlimited data
 rates, makes it ideal for a variety of applications, including metro-free
 space optics, last mile residential connections, photonic switching and
 optical networking.
     TI's Optical Wireless Solutions reference design is available now, making
 this breakthrough possible in OEM products being designed today.  It can be
 viewed in action this week at the National Association of Broadcasters
 conference in Las Vegas at the Vbrick Technologies Booth #M9368.
     "The combination of our state-of-the-art Video over IP products with TI's
 groundbreaking optical wireless approach should lead to very exciting new
 applications in the markets we serve," said Frederick Geyer, Chief Executive
 Officer, VBrick Systems, Inc.
     First OEM products based on TI's reference design are planned to be
 introduced in June.
 
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
     Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
 symbol TXN.  More information is located on the World Wide Web at:
 http://www.ti.com
 
     Please refer all reader inquiries to:
     Texas Instruments Incorporated
     Semiconductor Group, SC-01081
     Literature Response Center
     P.O. Box 954
     Santa Clarita, CA  91380
     1-800-477-8924, ext. 4500
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X39812554
 
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