Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance Adds Leading Companies From Around the World to its Membership

San Jose, CA, July 17, 2000 - The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) announced today that nine more leaders from the personal computer, networking, consumer, service provider and wireless industries have joined its membership roster: 2Wire (www.2wire.com), Actiontec Electronics Inc. (www.actiontec.com), Alcatel (www.alcatel.com), GemTek (www.gemtek.com.tw), HereUAre Communications, Inc. (www.hereuare.com), Home Wireless Networks (www.homewireless.com), Mirae Technology Co. (www.nanospeed.com), Teklogix Inc. (www.teklogix.com) and Toshiba (www.toshiba.com). The addition of these nine members brings the WECA membership to 51 companies.

"These new members are an important addition to the WECA organization representing companies from across the globe and from home networking, consumer, OEM and industrial wireless LAN applications. This further underscores the continued broad adoption of the Wi-Fi interoperability certification. It is clear that WECA is the international organization of choice for leading companies focusing on wireless LAN technology," noted WECA Chairman, Phil Belanger.

In August 1999, WECA founding members 3Com, Cisco Systems, 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 802.11b 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's current membership includes:

2Wire
3Com
Actiontec
Alantro
Alcatel
AMD
Apple
ARTem
Askey
Atheros
Atmel
Breezecom
Cisco Systems
Compaq
Dell
ELSA
EMTAC
Enterasys
Eumitcom
Fujitsu
Gemtek
HereUAre
Home Wireless
IBM
Intel
Intermec
Intersil
ITRI
Lucent
Melco
Mirae Technology
MobileStar Network
Mobilian
NDC
No Wires Needed
Nokia
Philips
Samsung
Sharewave
Siemens
Sony
SpectraLink
Symbol Technologies
Teklogix
Telxon
Toshiba
Wayport
Wireless Solutions
Xircom
Z-Com
Zoom

About the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b High Rate) products and to promote Wi-Fi as the global wireless LAN standard across all market segments.

WECA has defined a test suite that defines how member products are tested to certify that they are interoperable with other vendor products. An independent test lab, The Silicon Valley Networking Lab, Inc. (www.svnl.com), conducts the testing. When a product successfully passes the test, the company will be granted the Wi-Fi seal of interoperability and may display the Wi-Fi logo on that product and its corresponding collateral material. Consumers are assured that any product bearing the Wi-Fi logo will work with other Wi-Fi products.

Membership in WECA is open to all companies who support Wi-Fi, the standard for 2.4 GHz wireless LAN products, including any manufacturer that would like to submit its Wi-Fi based product for interoperability testing. WECA now comprises over 50 members.

For more information, please visit the membership information page.

 

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