MeshNetworks Introduces MeshConnex Software Solution.
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MAITLAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2004
Embedded Software Instructions that permanently reside in a ROM or flash memory chip. Embedded software may be immediately available to the CPU or, for faster execution, may be transferred to RAM first and then executed. and Developers Suite Delivers Mesh Networking Mesh networking is a way to route data, voice and instructions between nodes. It allows for continuous connections and reconfiguration around broken or blocked paths by “hopping” from node to node until the destination is reached.
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MeshNetworks, Inc., an industry leader in the development and commercialization of mobile ad hoc networking solutions, today announced the release of MeshConnex(TM) software suite, an embedded software solution targeted at wireless OEMs. This new ad hoc networking software suite is a cross-platform, radio agnostic implementation of the company's high-performance MeshNetworks Enabled Architecture (MEA MEA Multiple endocrine adenomatosis. See Multiple endocrine neoplasia. (TM)) technology. MEA technology is the most widely deployed solution of its kind and powers the largest commercial mobile ad hoc networks in the world. OEMs can now incorporate MeshNetworks' patented and proven Multi-Hopping(TM) routing techniques into new and existing wireless devices. MeshConnex software is currently in beta testing (programming) beta testing - Testing a pre-release (potentially unreliable) version of a piece of software by making it available to selected users. This term derives from early 1960s terminology for product cycle checkpoints, first used at IBM but later standard throughout the , with general product availability scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
MeshConnex software delivers a rapid time-to-market and low risk solution. Using the MeshConnex Developers Kit (MeshDK(TM)), developers can mesh enable industry standard radio technology to extend its ultimate range while increasing end-to-end throughput and overall system reliability.
MeshConnex software delivers MEA's features and benefits in a portable, scalable software solution initially targeted for 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.xx based radio platforms. It offers support for multiple operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. for simplified integration. High performance and tunable ad hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode. routing technology make MeshConnex software ideal for applications ranging from personal area networks (PANs), to wide area mobile networks for mission critical homeland security communications.
"Mesh networking is a technology whose time has come. It helps to address many of the limitations in current wireless systems by offering symmetric high-speed data links and the fast deployment of a wireless IP network," says X.J. Wang, senior analyst with Wireless Mobile Technologies practice for the Yankee Group. "The radio agnostic MeshConnex software suite is ideal for wireless OEMs targeting enterprise, public safety and consumer markets."
All MeshNetworks products leverage self-forming, self-healing networking technology originally developed for the US military under DARPA DARPA: see Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) The name given to the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency during the 1980s. It was later renamed back to ARPA. directed programs. As a result, MeshConnex technology contains important capabilities not found in competitive solutions, including: high-speed mobility and hand-off support, dynamic bandwidth allocation Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA) is a technique by which traffic bandwidth in a shared telecommunications medium can be allocated on demand and fairly between different users of that bandwidth. (fairness), real-time congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. management, QoS, assignable user priority and proven scalability. MeshConnex technology features a small code footprint that optimizes processing resources. Its adaptive routing algorithm performs optimally for both large and small-scale fixed and mobile applications.
"We're delighted MeshNetworks selected our 802.11a/b/g Access Point chipset as the MeshConnex reference and demonstration platform," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development at Atheros Communications (Nasdaq:ATHR ATHR Autothrust System ). "Mesh networking can enable a host of interesting and new possibilities for Wi-Fi users, so we're pleased to be working together to usher in this exciting technology to the market."
MeshConnex embedded components include MeshConnex Core, an implementation of MeshNetworks' ad hoc routing protocol, Mesh Scalable Routing (MSR MSR Microsoft Research
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MSR Egyptair (ICAO code) ), and MeshConnex Access, which provide additional functionality for incorporating MeshConnex Core with 802.1D bridging functions. MeshConnex technology supports high-speed mobility and low-latency routing, which makes it ideally suited for deployment in today's mobile broadband applications and increasingly hostile RF environments.
"The IEEE 802.11 group has proven it is serious about kick-starting a mesh networking standard," according to Peter Stanforth, Chief Technical Officer, MeshNetworks. "By supporting 802.xx wireless platforms, MeshNetworks can help accelerate the adoption of mesh architectures on these industry standard radio networks."
MeshNetworks will be demonstrating MeshConnex technology running on the Atheros chipset and reference platform on March 16th and 17th at the Hilton Disney Resort where the IEEE meeting is being held in Kissimmee, FL.
MeshNetworks delivers innovative mobile broadband network solutions based on patented ad hoc peer-to-peer technology. The Company's MeshNetworks Enabled Architecture (MEA(TM)) technology provides wireless broadband connectivity to fixed, portable and mobile devices. Voice, video, data, telemetry telemetry
Highly automated communications process by which data are collected from instruments located at remote or inaccessible points and transmitted to receiving equipment for measurement, monitoring, display, and recording. and position-location are supported to specifically meet the needs of mission critical communications networks. MEA technology has been successfully deployed and is in use worldwide, most recently in Medford, Oregon and Garland, Texas, the home of a 57-square-mile mobile mesh system. A live network in Maitland, Florida, has been in continuous operation for over three years. MeshNetworks offers these solutions through OEMs, Systems Integrators, and Value Added Resellers.