Agere Systems and Infineon Technologies have formed an alliance to jointly develop a wireless networking solution based on the 802.11 standard.
The 802.11 technology offers 20 times higher bandwidth than current wireless networks and will reach up to 54 Mbit/sec.
Agere will provide its multi-mode media access controller (MAC) with software drivers to the solution, while Infineon will contribute its advanced dual-band radio technology and wide-band power amplifier chips.
Under the agreement, Agere and Infineon will also co-develop, supply and support reference designs that include all of the components required by networking manufacturers. The companies will also co-develop a physical layer (PHY) component for the reference designs, combining intellectual property and experience from each company.
Both companies will independently market the wireless LAN products which will begin sampling to customers by the second quarter 2003.