WiQuest's Wireless USB External Adapter is First to Earn FCC Certification.Announcement Solidifies Company's Time-to-Market Leadership in UWB (Ultra-WideBand) A wireless technology that uses less power and provides higher speed than 802.11 Wi-Fi networks or first-generation Bluetooth products. UWB is expected to provide wireless video transmission for home theater systems, cable TV, auto safety and
ALLEN, Texas -- WiQuest Communications, Inc., the leading, fabless semiconductor company A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of hardware devices implemented on semiconductor chips. It achieves an advantage by outsourcing the fabrication of the devices to a specialized semiconductor manufacturer called a semiconductor foundry or "fab. developing complete Ultrawideband (UWB) silicon, software and reference design solutions, announced today that its wireless USB external adapter has been approved by the FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov) The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S. . This makes it the first commercial product, based on the Certified Wireless USB specification Certified Wireless USB (W-USB for short) is the specification of a wireless extension of the USB standard which intends to further increase the availability of general USB-based solutions. It is maintained by the WiMedia Alliance, and as of 2007 the current revision (1. from the 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. , to earn FCC certification for both outdoor and indoor use, reinforcing WiQuest's time-to-market leadership.
"Being the first company to gain FCC approval for both outdoor and indoor use for a wireless USB reference design shows WiQuest is the clear leader in this technology. WiQuest products are now shipping and are fully-compliant with FCC regulations," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, WiQuest founder, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. and president. "WiQuest's leadership in FCC certification and completeness of product offering makes us the right partner for early adopter customers."
Having obtained FCC certification streamlines the process for current and future WiQuest customers to gain FCC approval for products based on this reference design and WiQuest's UWB chipset. WiQuest customers directly benefit in knowing that their products based on this chipset can be FCC certified, thereby shortening time-to-market.
The wireless USB adapter A network adapter that plugs into the computer via the USB port. See network adapter and wireless adapter. See also wireless USB. conforms to FCC Part 15 Section 15.519 for hand held UWB systems. Compliance with this section means that customers can build products for both indoor and outdoor use based on the WiQuest chipset. The FCC certification assures consumers that WiQuest devices may be approved for operation in the unlicensed 3.1 GHz to 4.8 GHz frequency band.
"With contributions from member companies like WiQuest, the USB-IF continues to see major steps toward market proliferation for products based on the Certified Wireless USB specification," said Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman of the USB-IF.
WiQuest's wireless USB external adapter is a cost-effective, highly-integrated design that provides wireless USB high-speed capabilities, up to 480 Mbps, for traditional wired USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. devices. The WiQuest Wireless USB Adapter is designed around WiQuest's WQST110 and WQST101 chipset which is in production now. The WQST110 includes a WiMedia-based UWB media access controller (MAC), physical layer (PHY) baseband processor and integrated USB 2.0 high-speed transceiver. This compact solution is ideal for small applications such as the wireless USB adapter.
WiQuest's wireless USB adapter reference design and WQST110/101 chipset are shipping now to manufacturers for consumer products.
In addition to the WQST110 and 101 chipset and the wireless USB Adapter, WiQuest's Evaluation Kit, 4-port Hub and PCI Express mini card PCI Express Mini Card is a replacement for the Mini PCI form factor based on PCI Express. It is developed by the PCI-SIG. The host device supports both PCI Express and USB 2.0 connectivity, and each card uses whichever the designer feels most appropriate to the task. reference designs, all based on the Certified Wireless USB technology from the USB Implementers Forum, are available.
About WiQuest Communications
WiQuest Communications, Inc. is a privately-held, fabless semiconductor company that designs and develops complete ultrawideband solutions to PC, consumer electronics and mobile systems companies worldwide. The company builds leading-edge products based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB-IF for high-speed wireless communications using WiMedia ultrawideband technology.
Founded in September 2003, WiQuest's strong team comprises hundreds of years of collective industry semiconductor and system experience, resulting in dozens of successful high-volume product implementations including Wireless LAN, DSL chipsets and Ethernet switches. WiQuest employees are recognized not only for their industry backgrounds but also for their visibility and leadership in standards and regulatory work, including the 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. , the Wi-Fi Alliance and the WiMedia Alliance. To learn more about WiQuest, visit www.WiQuest.com.