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Conexant's prism 802.11A/B/G WLAN solution achieves WMM and WPA2 certification.

Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT), a leader in semiconductor solutions for broadband communications, enterprise networks and the digital home, today announced that its IEEE 802.11a/b/g dual-band PRISM WorldRadio MiniPCI Module reference design has achieved Wi-Fi Certification for WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2). WMM provides superior quality of service (QoS) features for wireless multimedia applications by prioritizing network audio, video and data traffic and decreasing latency. WPA2 is based on the IEEE 802.11i standard and leverages advance encryption standard (AES) technology to offer the highest level of security for Wi-Fi products. This provides end-users and network administrators with a high level of assurance that their data will remain private, and that access to their networks will remain restricted to authorized users.

"Security and quality of service continue to be essential components of wireless data in both home and enterprise markets," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager for Conexant's Wireless Data and Networking Components Products business. "Our continued support of these important standards enables our customers to provide very competitive wireless LAN solutions for home, enterprise and consumer electronic markets."

All of Conexant's 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g client and access point reference designs include hardware acceleration, which enables the company to provide WPA2 functionality to its customers in the form of a software upgrade. The IEEE 802.11a/b/g dualband PRISM WorldRadio is the first of Conexant's wide portfolio of PRISM WLAN reference designs to receive this certification. The company's family of PRISM WLAN reference designs is based on a common software architecture, which will facilitate WMM and WPA2 certification for other Conexant products.

Conexant is a leading developer of silicon technology for WLAN solutions that enable untethered access to video, data and voice in homes, offices and public places. The company offers an extensive suite of WLAN solutions including IEEE 802.11a/b/g and dual-band (2.4 & 5 GHz) chipsets, firmware, software, drivers and reference designs. These wireless networking solutions are used by the world's leading telecom, networking and computer companies in a wide range of products including access points/routers, client cards, desktops, notebooks, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players and other handheld networking appliances. They are available as standalone solutions or offered in conjunction with Conexant's home network processors, DSL and cable modem semiconductor system solutions.

Conexant's innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications, enterprise networks and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.

Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant's suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11a/ b/g-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug(SM) and HomePNA.
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Title Annotation:Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, Wi-Fi Multimedia, wireless local area network, Conexant Systems Inc.
Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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