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 (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 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 (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor. 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 The Network Processing Forum (NPF) was organized to facilitate and accelerate the development of next-generation networking and telecommunications products based on network processing technologies. The NPF was merged into the Optical Internetworking Forum in June of 2006. (NPF), Optical Internetworking Forum The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) was organized to facilitate and accelerate the development of next-generation optical internetworking products. The OIF produces Electrical, Tunable Laser, Very Short Reach Hardware Interfaces. (OIF), PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum The USB Implementers Forum, USB-IF, is a non-profit organisation to promote and support the Universal Serial Bus. Its main activities are the promotion and marketing of USB, Wireless USB, USB On-The-Go, and the maintenance of the specifications, as well as a compliance program. , MPEG Industry Forum The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) is a non-profit consortium dedicated to "further the adoption of MPEG Standards, by establishing them as well accepted and widely used standards among creators of content, developers, manufacturers, providers of services, and end users. (MPEGIF (MPEG Industry Forum, www.mpegif.org) A Swiss not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of MPEG-4, MPEG-7 and MPEG-21 standards worldwide. Founded in 2000 as M4IF and renamed MPEGIF in 2003, the organization does not license MPEG, but is involved in discussions ), and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. . 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.