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KAWASAKI MICROELECTRONICS JOINS WI-FI ALLIANCE.

Kawasaki Microelectronics (K-micro), a provider of advanced ASICs, has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization formed to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

"We are pleased to have K-micro, a leader in innovative ASIC technology and design support, join the Wi-Fi Alliance," said Frank Hanzlik, Wi-Fi Alliance managing director. "As wireless LAN deployment continues to increase worldwide, it is important to have strong global support for interoperability using the 802.11 standards, thus enhancing the user experience."

"Earlier this year we added IEEE 802.11 a through j technology to our ASIC intellectual property portfolio in order to support the significant growth we expect in the wireless SoC market. We believe this growth will be driven by the needs of customers to couple IEEE 802.11 support with their proprietary designs for products such as printers, digital cameras, set-top boxes, and custom wireless LAN chipsets," said Hisaya Keida, general manager, Product Marketing and Development Department of K-micro. "A key facilitator to the growth of the wireless SoC market is IEEE 802.11 product interoperability -- the Wi-Fi Alliance shares our goal of IEEE 802.11 product interoperability, and we're excited to be a part of it."

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA) is the global Wi-Fi organization that created the Wi-Fi brand. A nonprofit organization, the Alliance was formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 products and to promote them as the global, wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has instituted a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. These tests are conducted at an independent laboratory.

Membership in the Wi-Fi Alliance is open to all companies that support the IEEE 802.11 family of standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance now comprises over 200 members from the world's leading companies. These companies offer over 1,000 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products. For more information, visit http://www.wi-fi.org, and for information on Wi-Fi ZONE public access locations go to http://www.wi-fizone.org.

About Kawasaki Microelectronics

K-Micro is a provider of advanced ASIC semiconductor technology solutions. The company's core technologies and world-class design support are used in the consumer electronics, computer, office-automation, networking, wireless, and electronic-storage markets. The company is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including the Wi-Fi Alliance, Network Processing Forum (NPF), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum, MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF), and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. K-Micro has design centers in Boston, San Jose, Taipei, and Tokyo.

Kawasaki Microelectronics can be found on the World Wide Web at the following web sites (English-language) http://www.klsi.com/, and (Japanese-language) http://www.k-micro.com/.

For more information, call 408/570-0555.
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