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AgileRF™ Architecture to Deliver World’s First Solution to Enable Roaming Mobility Between IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b



24 September, 2001 – Reading, UK – Synad Technologies Limited, a fabless chip start-up focused on wireless networking, today announced its core technology platform, AgileRF™ an architecture to deliver roaming capabilitymobility and interoperability in wireless local area networks.


The first deliverable of the AgileRF architecture from Synad will be the world’s first dual mode IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b chipset roaming solution for wireless local area network (WLAN) clients, typically portable PCs.


The AgileRF architecture consists of three elements: RF switching management to maintain a wireless link with an access point; access point mapping awarenesssurveillance to determine the strength availability of other access points in the users vicinity; and an association management function to manage the switching process between different access points without dropping network connectivity for the user.


The AgileRF architecture will enable dynamic switching between 802.11a and 802.11b to whichever access point is providing the optimum service without user intervention. This will enable 802.11a and 802.11b to co-exist interoperably from the users perspective, on the same wireless local area network.


802.11a, the emerging standard for wireless networks delivers five times the throughput of its established 802.11b counterpart.


“The AgileRF architecture addresses the fact that 802.11a and 802.11b are not interoperable, and the fact that there is no evolutionary path from one standard to another means that they are potentially competitive. At the very least the confusion caused in the market by the co-existence of two standards is stalling adoption of wireless networks,” said Mike Baker, CEO and Founder, Synad.


Synad believes that by addressing the Achilles heel of wireless networking head on it will ultimately drive migration from 802.11b to the faster 802.11a standard. Beyond this, Synad believes that removing the confusion between the two wireless standards will accelerate the adoption of wireless local area networking (LAN).


“Synad is removing the technical hurdle to migration and interoperability between 802.11a and 802.11b. By enabling roaming between the two standards users of wireless networks can become agnostic to the standards issues By enabling client mobility between the two standards we will allow IT managers to deploy the most effective network configuration and the user becomes agnostic, he just wants connectivity with the available network,” said Baker.


The need for interoperability is most acute in emerging public area networks such as in airports and hotels or wherever network provision is not managed as part of the same a corporate enterprise environment, yet still the user demands seamless connectivity.



Availability


Synad will announce the specification of its chip set in Q4 2001 and will demonstrate the technology in Q1 2002.


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About Synad


Synad Technologies Limited was founded in August 2000 on a vision of pervasive broadband wireless connectivity through the rapid development of smart CMOS chips for the wireless networking industry.
Based in the UK, one of the strongest centres in the world for wireless design, Synad has a growing team of over 45 staff today and is focussed on fulfilling its vision through the development of advanced technologies and products for Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN).


Synad is a member of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) (http://www.wi-fi.com), a vendor led organisation, which is striving to develop compatible wireless networking standards.

For information about Synad check: http://www.synad.com


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Stephen Waddington/Zuzanna Pasierbinska
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