Intersil Corporation (ticker: ISIL, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
Intersil's PRISM II Chip Set Selected For New GemTek Broadband Router, Mini-PCI Card and USB Wireless Networking Products
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2000--
Innovative Products Aimed At Growing Home and Small Business Markets
Intersil Corporation (Nasdaq:ISIL), the world's leading provider
of silicon technology for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), today
announced that GemTek Technology has integrated Intersil's PRISM(R) II
WLAN chip set into its new wireless Broadband Router, wireless USB
device and wireless LAN mini-PCI card.
"Reducing to the mini-PCI card is quite significant, considering
the currently popular PCMCIA card is twice as big, " said Larry
Ciaccia, vice president and general manager of PRISM Wireless Products
at Intersil. "This opens the door for manufacturers who want to embed
wireless cards in laptops or other devices. Also, the GemTek Broadband
Router essentially opens a wireless umbrella over homes and offices,
giving workers and family members fast access to either cable or DSL
broadband services. This is an excellent portfolio of wireless
products and it's all based on the widely adopted IEEE 802.11
GemTek's new wireless Broadband Router, the WX-2000, is an
all-in-one box for cable or digital subscriber line (DSL)
modem-enabled locations. Named "SmartOscar," it is ideal for small
office and home office wireless networking, supporting up to 253
wireless users at the 100-350 foot range with simultaneous Internet
access to all. Its features include connect-on-demand,
auto-disconnect, point-to-point protocol and DHCP functionality. The
WX-2000 is also equipped with a parallel port for printer and printer
The GemTek WL-250 mini-PCI wireless LAN card is designed for
manufacturers of laptops, PDAs, WebPads and other wireless
communication devices. The mini-PCI card is only 2 by 2 3/8 inches
and, installed at the factory, is a lower-priced alternative to the
add-in PCMCIA card. This much smaller form factor is a key ingredient
for many small, portable wireless appliances in development now.
Though less than half the size of PCMCIA cards, it features full 11
Mbps speed with 100 to 360 foot range. It provides full mobility with
a high-quality network link and seamless roaming from cell-to-cell.
The WL-280 USB device addresses another growing trend - the
inclusion of USB ports on new desktop PCs. USB wireless LAN units such
as the WL-280, make it simple to add wireless capability to a PC. The
plug-and-play unit connects to an open USB port on the PC or
daisy-chains off other USB peripherals.
Each of these new GemTek wireless LAN products comply to the
widely adopted IEEE 802.11b global standard, providing wired-Ethernet
performance of up to 11 Mbps. Each product also supports
Windows98/2000, NT 4.0 and Linux operating systems. GemTek has
submitted these to the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliances
(WECA) certification lab to gain Wi-Fi(TM) compatibility assurance.
Adoption of PRISM WLAN Technology
Since introducing the PRISM WLAN chip set in 1996, over fifty
companies have incorporated PRISM chips in more than 100 product
designs. In a May 2000 report, the Cahners In-Stat Group called
Intersil "the dominant force in the WLAN chip set marketplace with
their PRISM chipsets holding the majority of market share." PRISM
technology is designed to comply with the IEEE's 802.11 global
standard, and Intersil is a founding sponsor of the Wireless Ethernet
Compatibility Alliance (WECA), whose Wi-Fi(TM) brand is a mark of
compatibility for 802.11b-based systems. PRISM chips are used in WLAN
systems from industry-leading companies including Alcatel, Cisco,
Compaq, 3Com, Dell, D-Link, Nokia, Nortel, Samsung, Siemens,
SpectraLink, Symbol Technologies and Zoom.
About GemTeK Technology
GemTek Technology is headquartered at Hukuo, Hsinchu Industrial
Park, Taiwan. The company was founded in 1991, and has been a leading
OEM/ODM developer and manufacturer for RF and microwave related
products. The company is privately held and its wireless LAN products
are distributed worldwide via OEMs and channels.
Irvine, California-based Intersil uses its semiconductor expertise
to enable highly integrated voice, data and video communications.
Intersil's integrated communications portfolio includes PRISM(R)
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) chip sets that enable mobile
connectivity products for the home and office; analog and mixed-signal
integrated circuits for broadband access to wireless and wired Wide
Area Networks (WANs); and power management products that enable 24x7
reliability in network servers, next generation PCs and information
appliances. For more information about Intersil, visit the company's
Internet homepage at www.intersil.com.
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projections and business trends concerning the WLAN market that are
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results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in
any forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors.
Important risk factors that may cause such material differences for
Intersil in connection with WLAN market include, but are not limited
to, the rate at which consumers adopt small handheld Internet
appliances, the rate at which our present and future customers and
end-users adopt Intersil's wireless technologies and products; the
timing, rescheduling or cancellation of significant customer orders;
the loss of a key customer; the qualification, availability and
pricing of competing products and technologies and the resulting
effects on sales and pricing of our products; silicon wafer pricing
and the availability of foundry and assembly capacity and raw
materials; intellectual property disputes; as well as other risk
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