Intersil's PRISM 2.5 WLAN Chip Set Provides Wireless Link for Actiontec's Mini PCI 802.11b/Modem Combo Card

PRISM 2.5 Small Form Factor Enables Embedded Wireless Technology for Portable Networking

Intersil (Nasdaq:ISIL), a leading provider of silicon technology for wireless access and communications analog markets, today announced that Intersil's small form factor PRISM(R) 2.5 wireless LAN (WLAN) chip set has been chosen by Actiontec Electronics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of broadband application and Internet access products, for their new Mini PCI 802.11b/Modem Combo Card. This compact card provides the most highly integrated solution yet for high data rate embedded wireless networking connectivity in PCs, laptops and handheld information appliances.

"Intersil's PRISM 2.5 wireless networking chip set/reference design is optimized for smaller form factors and embedded WLAN applications such as mini-PCI/USB cards and single-sided PCMCIA cards," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager of Intersil's Wireless Networking Business. "The significant board space reduction achieved by the PRISM 2.5 chip set enabled Actiontec to incorporate dual-mode networking capabilities -- 802.11b and V.90 modem -- on the same embedded mini-PCI card. It means that no expensive daughter cards are needed and slots remain free for other uses."

Using the card, OEMs can cost-effectively integrate a complete wireless LAN into their mobile systems without sacrificing conventional dial-up access. The Mini PCI 802.11b/Modem Combo Card maximizes convenience, durability, and manufacturing flexibility, while eliminating the need for users to sacrifice a valuable PC card slot to stay connected to their wireless corporate LAN or to the Internet.

"Wireless networking is arguably the hottest trend in mobile computing today. Actiontec is effectively addressing this trend while sustaining the dial-up connectivity needs of OEMs by delivering the first-ever solution to combine 802.11 wireless networking and V.90 modem technology into one mini-PCI card," stated Ramzi Al-Harayeri, vice president of OEM sales for Actiontec Electronics. "The response to the new Mini PCI Wireless Combo Card by the top-tier notebook computer manufacturers has been overwhelming."

The 802MIP Mini PCI 802.11b/Modem Combo Card is available for immediate shipment to OEMs. The entire laptop solution including the Mini PCI Combo card has passed the WECA Wi-Fi(TM) test to ensure complete interoperability with other 802.11b-certified products.

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