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AutoCell unveils kit to lower Wi-Fi switch costs

Posted: 03 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:autocell laboratories? rf product suite? software development kit? software? development kit?

AutoCell Laboratories Inc. introduced an integrated RF product suite and software development kit the company said speeds time-to-market and lowers costs for network equipment vendors implementing Wi-Fi switches.

Called JustAddAutoCell, the kit provides the embedded software that allows any manufacturer to quickly and cost-effectively build and market their own Wi-Fi switch, according to Gary Vacon, chief executive of AutoCell.

"Most network router/switch vendors today are looking at a classic make vs. buy decision for WLAN or Wi-Fi switches," said Frank Dzubeck, an industry analyst and president of Communications Network Architects Inc. AutoCell now provides them with a new fast make option," he said.

The kit includes embedded firmware that provides automatic client load balancing, channel selection, transmit power control and interference countermeasures to dramatically increase performance while requiring minimal configuration beyond the initial set up.

Also included is an enterprise Network Management System (NMS) that provides a real-time, graphical display of RF and equipment state. The system can be ported to blades, switches, or servers; and is easily integrated with customers' NMS platforms.

Software tools included with the suite include tools for rapid development, testing and debugging. AutoCell's component-level building blocks can be embedded into enterprise-class APs, clients and network router/switch/server architectures.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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