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2009-04-09 Survey: Mobile phone users want Wi-Fi
Now that millions of people have experienced what Wi-Fi brings to mobile phones, they overwhelmingly report that Wi-Fi has become a required feature on those devices. This is according to a survey conducted by ABI Research.
2009-03-27 Wi-Fi, Ethernet DAQ modules handle harsh setups
National Instruments has released six new wireless and Ethernet data acquisition modules and two ingress protection (IP) enclosures for remote monitoring and control in harsh environments.
2009-03-25 ASIX to demo single-chip Wi-Fi solutions
ASIX Electronics Corp.'s AX220xx Wi-Fi SoC family provides cost competitive wireless connectivity solution for bridging uncompressed digital audio data, compressed digital video data and serial/parallel user data through its interfaces over the Wi-Fi network.
2009-03-12 SOHO, consumer to propel Wi-Fi equipment orders
Global access point shipments are forecast to exceed 70 million by 2010, of which an overwhelming 90 percent will be generated by the SOHO and consumer markets, according to ABI Research.
2009-03-11 How do you set Wi-Fi's flavors
The IEEE's 802.11n standard was created to provide optional modes on top of required schemes, so vendors can provide different hardware configurations that attain distinct levels of performance. However, what's developing now are three Wi-Fi tiers all called draft 802.11n hardware, but without distinction.
2009-02-17 Wi-Fi-enabled phones to double in numbers
Shipments of Wi-Fi-enabled cellular handsets will double in volume by the end of 2010, compared to January 2008, and that growth curve is expected to continue through 2013, according to a new ABI Research study.
2009-02-04 ...My Wi-Fi' to enable traveling PANs
Intel Corp. wants to connect millions of Wi-Fi-enabled devices by building a wireless access point called My Wi-Fi into Centrino 2-equipped notebook PCs, establishing a personal area network (PAN) that travels with users.
2009-01-20 Will Wi-Fi reign supreme
It's UMA/GAN technology that makes Wi-Fi a RAN technology, extending the mobile network over IP. Here's why Wi-Fi is poised to become the highest-performance, lowest-cost, indoor RAN technology on the market.
2009-01-15 Wi-Fi weathered the '08 economic storm
Driven by strong consumer and enterprise demand for a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, Wi-Fi chipset sales jumped 25 percent in 2008 to 387 million.
2009-01-14 Reports: GPS, Wi-Fi to defy '09 slump
The markets for chips focusing on the Wi-Fi, GPS navigation and location technology sectors could defy the global semiconductor downturn this year, according to two separate reports.
2008-12-16 Single-stream .11n chips enter Wi-Fi markets
Atheros Communications and other chipmakers drive .11n into mainstream markets with chips using a streamlined version of the spec.
2008-12-11 Samsung readies Wi-Fi variant for DTVs
Samsung Electronics is working on its own variation of Wi-Fi for its digital TVs and could release the technology as early as next year.
2008-10-24 Wi-Fi Alliance authorizes new testing lab in China
The Wi-Fi Alliance has added Shanghai-based TA Technology as its newest Authorized Test Laboratory (ATL), providing independent testing services to its worldwide roster of member.
2008-09-19 Airwire antenna extends power transmission range
Wireless applications in the 2.4GHz band from remote controls to Zigbee industrial controllers to Wi-Fi nodes usually have to use a more powerful amplifier to expand their range
2008-09-16 Welcoming Wi-Fi to home networks
Wi-Fi is at a critical inflection point and it is expected that devices enabled with Wi-Fi will account for more than half of all home network connections by year end. As the industry evolves from 802.11g to 802.11n, design home networks to take advantage of the faster and more reliable wireless connection
2008-09-11 Study finds growing recognition of Wi-Fi Certified products
A study by the Wi-Fi Alliance found increased number of consumers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan that view Wi-Fi Certified brand as a mark of interoperability and security, and are willing to pay more for devices that have it
2008-09-10 Wi-Fi chip streams multiple HD videos simultaneously
Startup Celeno Communications Ltd is providing the first details of its new 5GHz Wi-Fi chip that aims to support multiple high definition video streams for carrier-class STBs and gateways
2008-08-21 Ozmo, Avago co-develop Wi-Fi PAN optical mouse ref design
Ozmo Devices and Avago Technologies have partnered to develop a complete optical mouse design kit leveraging Ozmo's Wi-Fi PAN solution
2008-08-11 Airgain offers new line of embedded antenna products
Airgain Inc. introduces its new line of Profile high-gain embedded PCB antennas for Wi-Fi devices
2008-07-25 CE giants extend support for Wi-Fi variant
Amimon announced that five CE giants have extended support on its variation of an 802.11n home network, which is claimed to carry uncompressed HD video an average of 100m.
2008-07-18 Update: 60GHz group opposes Gbit Wi-Fi plan
The initiative to create a standards group to define a Gbit/s version of Wi-Fi is getting a significant push back from a separate group that sees conflict with its work in the 60GHz space
2008-07-16 Survey: Mobile TV, Wi-Fi, games turn off handset users
A survey conducted by ABI Research found that mobile phone users are not too keen to have Wi-Fi, mobile TV or games on their handsets
2008-07-10 60GHz spec conflicts remain unsettled
Despite two meetings, the standards groups that aim to establish separate Gbit-class nets at 60GHz—one for Wi-Fi and the other for high-speed personal area network (PAN) ? are apparently still at loggerheads
2008-07-09 CSSP platforms expand smart phones' connectivity
QuickLogic has announced the availability of a versatile upgrade path for smart phone developers. A high-speed UART provides a mechanism for interfacing to some GPS chipsets, while another SDIO port offers a simple means of connecting embedded Wi-Fi chipsets
2008-07-08 802.11n sales continue to grow, notes Wi-Fi Alliance
About 50 percent of Wi-Fi chipsets sold this year are expected to adhere to the new draft standard, doubling the number from 2007, reported the Wi-Fi Alliance
2008-07-03 802.11n Wi-Fi market to flourish, says ABI
Shipments of consumer-oriented 802.11n Wi-Fi access points will from 6 million this year to 88 million in 2013, reported ABI Research
2008-07-02 Wi-Fi Alliance certifies voice over Wi-Fi devices
The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched the Wi-Fi Certified Voice-Personal program that extends beyond interoperability testing to test the performance of products and help ensure that they deliver good voice quality over the Wi-Fi link
2008-07-01 Guide to low-power wireless network specs
Chipmakers need high volume sales to generate meaningful return, and high volumes require global markets. For a global technology market to take off, history has demonstrated that standards are essential. This was true for both Wi-Fi wireless Internet and Bluetooth. It will also be true for sensor networks
2008-07-01 IP standards to Roll for sensor nets
Aiming to define a spec for Internet Protocol as early as June next year, the IETF's Routing over Low-power and Lossy Networks (Roll) group is pursuing a standard way for control and sensor nodes on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 802.15.4 nets to link to the broader Internet
2008-06-27 Startup bolsters video over Wi-Fi
Startup Celeno recently debuted at the Connections conference its first chip, a modified 802.11 baseband optimized for video, which it claims can deliver 34Mbits/s at the application layer more than 120ft and through multiple walls of a home at extremely low packet error rates.
2008-06-13 Unlock universal remote's Wi-Fi secret code
With the increasing number of home-entertainment appliances in living rooms, Acoustic Research launched the ARRU449 LCD-screen-based universal remote control to reduce the clutter of brand-specific controllers.
2008-06-06 Groups to discuss 60GHz band conflict
Engineers who want to draft a standard for Gbit-class Wi-Fi will be using the same 60GHz spectrum that is being used by another wireless standard group. The two groups will discuss things to avoid a conflict during a major standards gathering sometime in July
2008-06-04 Wi-Fi enters PAN, challenges Bluetooth
Challenging the future of Bluetooth, a new startup and an Intel Corp. program point to a future for Wi-Fi in a broad range of peripherals, ranging from computer mice to cellular headsets and MP3 players
2008-06-04 Card trims down cost for dual .11n router designs
Atheros Communications Inc. has designed a card for home Wi-Fi routers that aims to slash in half the price of a dual 802.11n network device
2008-05-26 WLAN modules simplify Wi-Fi transition for M2Ms
Laird Technologies released a new range of 802.11 WLAN processor modules that provide a wide range of AT commands and web configuration to make the Wi-Fi transition simple for M2M designers
2008-04-25 Devices accelerate Wi-Fi network deployment
Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio with an end-to-end solution for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks
2008-04-22 Wi-Fi gets a lift with SiGe's PA
SiGe Semiconductor's SE2587L power amplifier delivers excellent linearity at transmit power levels of +19dBm in 802.11g mode and +24dBm in 802.11b mode.
2008-04-18 Next stop for PNDs: Real-time two-way connectivity
The advent of connected navigation services is prompting many vendors to develop connected PND solutions with two-way real-time connectivity based on cellular or Wi-Fi technology
2008-03-24 Infineon answers VoIP feature in low-cost handsets
Infineon Technologies AG claims it is the first semiconductor supplier to offer VoIP functionality for low-cost mobile phones, enabling operators to offer fixed-mobile convergence by integrating Wi-Fi on its mobile phone platform
2008-03-13 Wi-Fi, 3G thriving together, survey finds
A survey on the usage of Wi-Fi and 3G indicates these wireless technologies are thriving together and likely to continue to do so into the foreseeable future
2008-03-05 Device servers secure M2M IP LAN, Wi-Fi
Two external device servers for secure M2M IP connectivity have been launched by Israel-based device networking company, Connect One.
2008-03-04 Understanding low-power wireless network standards
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee all have a place in the world of wireless communications. But for different reasons, none are a particularly good fit for wireless sensor networks
2008-03-03 Maximize multiband handset performance
Cellphones have moved rapidly from dual-band to tri-band to even quad-band. Also, cellphones need to handle various signals for peripheral radios such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Ultimately, it is the RF switch that must be capable of switching up to nine paths of high-power RF signals with low insertion loss, high isolation and exceptional linearity to realize the necessary multiband performance
2008-02-20 Hong Kong invests $25.6M on Wi-Fi facilities
The Hong Kong Office of the Telecommunications Authority announced it will spend about $25.6 million in two years for the construction of Wi-Fi facilities, which will be made available to users free of charge
2008-02-14 Intel chip switches between Wi-Fi, WiMAX
Intel has demonstrated technology that could make it possible someday for a mobile Internet device to switch between a Wi-Fi and a WiMAX network without any disruption in service
2008-02-14 Bluetooth piggybacks on Wi-Fi as UWB uptake crawls
The Bluetooth SIG will provide a mechanism for its protocol to ride on top of Wi-Fi networks while its longer-term plan to create a version 3.0 based on UWB technology moves slowly forward
2008-02-13 Laird beefs up wireless lineup with Ezurio purchase
Laird Technologies has acquired Ezurio, a privately-held company and supplier of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi embedded RF modules
2008-02-08 Wi-Fi, WiMAX soon to invade handsets
An afternoon session on wireless networks at the ISSCC concluded that cost of the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links are going down, and WiMAX will soon find its way to cellphones
2008-02-07 Aruba intros 'blast-resistant' Wi-Fi gear
Aruba Networks has come out with a new line of "explosion-resistant" access points that it says are the first units especially designed for the often harsh environments of industrial users.
2008-01-25 Airlines buckle up for Wi-Fi takeoff
Wi-Fi is set to board airlines via ground antennae or satellite later this year as progress in both systems was announced by major airlines
2008-01-25 CSR, Telechips develop Wi-Fi photo frame platform
CSR and Telechips have partnered to develop a Wi-Fi digital photo frame with Internet radio platform
2008-01-24 RF front-end modules simplify Wi-Fi system design
SiGe Semiconductor's newest 802.11a/b/g/n RF front-end modules reduce footprint significantly and provide all the functionality required between the transceiver and the antenna in dual-band Wi-Fi systems
2008-01-11 Four-way battle looms in Wi-Fi arena
Right now, the main contenders in the Wi-Fi chips race are Broadcom, Marvell, Texas Instruments and Atheros Communications
2008-01-10 Dual-band .11n chips open network freeway for multimedia
Broadcom has announced that its dual-band 802.11n technology is enabling new Wi-Fi products to offer multimedia capabilities that other solutions can only promise: simultaneous voice, video and data applications
2008-01-04 Ralink tips low power, 'smallest' 802.11n chips
Ralink has released new 802.11n single chips, the RT3080 that enables Wi-Fi in handheld/mobile devices and the RT3070, claimed to be the smallest 802.11n USB single chip
2007-12-21 Cisco readies for WLAN takeoff in 2008
Cisco Systems detailed plans to push WLAN in 2008 as the new 802.11n Wi-Fi standard will be a major component of advancing the wireless environment
2007-12-20 Sony base station streams media content anytime, anywhere
The $250 Sony LF-V30 is 4G in the LocationFree line and adds Wi-Fi connectivity to Ethernet in its network interface
2007-12-05 RF connector interface suits Wi-Fi, WiMAX apps
Tyco Electronics Corp. has introduced the QSL (Quick Stripline) RF connector series that targets Wi-Fi (802.11) and WiMAX (802.16) enabled products and applications
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