Technology Giants Back Wireless Interoperability Initiative
September 15, 1999 -Atlanta, Ga. - The newly formed Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) announced today the addition of eleven leaders from the personal computer, networking, service provider and silicon industries to its membership roster: Alantro, Apple, Breezecom, Cabletron, Compaq, Dell, Intermec, No Wires Needed, Sharewave, Wayport and Zoom.
WECA members have aligned to enable true multi-vendor interoperability of IEEE 802.11 High Rate (HR) Wireless LAN products by certifying that systems from different manufacturers will work together.
In August, WECA founding members 3Com, Aironet, Intersil, Lucent Technologies, Nokia and Symbol Technologies united to drive the adoption of one globally accepted standard for high-speed wireless local area networking: the IEEE 802.11 HR standard. Products built to the new standard operate in the 2.4 GHz radio band and transmit at a raw data rate of 11 Mbps. Unified support of this standard will facilitate the rapid deployment and adoption of these products to ensure global, broadband wireless connectivity across the enterprise, small office, public access and home markets.
"WECA is advancing widespread standardization and deployment of IEEE 802.11 HR wireless LAN products," said David Cohen, WECA vice chairman. "The simple fact that these industry leaders have rapidly embraced the mission of WECA is proof positive that there is an essential need for such an alliance."
Separately today, WECA also announced the selection of the Silicon Valley Networking Lab, Inc. (SVNL) as its interoperabity testing lab, and unveiled the Wi-Fi logo, which will appear on products that are certified by WECA as interoperable.
WECA's mission is to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11 High Rate wireless networking products and to promote that standard for the enterprise, small business, and the home. WECA will grant a seal of interoperability to vendors upon successful completion of the prescribed test suites. Wireless LAN vendors building products in accordance with the IEEE 802.11 HR specification are encouraged to join and submit products for testing and the seal of interoperability. All companies supporting the IEEE 802.11 HR standard are also encouraged to join the alliance.