Linksys Integrates Intel NPU

Linksys integrates new Intel IXP422 network processor into its upcoming launch of business-class wireless products

February 20, 2003

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Linksys® announced today it is working with Intel to develop cost-effective, secure and high performance wireless devices for business and hot spot environments. Linksys will be incorporating the new Intel® IXP422 network processor into a new line of Linksys wireless access points for Value Added Resellers (VARs), wireless solution providers and business customers available in Q2, 2003. The new line of access points from Linksys will provide enhanced features and functionality such as advanced levels of performance, security and scalability needed for demanding wireless applications in business and hot spot environments. The Intel IXP422 network processor is a single-chip solution, based on the Intel® XScale(TM) core, that will enable higher performance, integrated cryptography for security and the use of a PCI bus for flexibility to integrate 802.11b, 802.11g or dual-band A+G. "Our new IXP4XX network processor product line offers Linksys the scalability to support multiple products and price points. In addition, our single architecture and pin-for-pin compatibility can help substantially reduce their development time," said Nick Finamore, general manager, Network Processor Division, Intel Corporation. "We are pleased to be working with such a well-established player in this market segment." "Working with the Intel IXP422 network processor enabled us to resolve previous design challenges we had faced in developing a more advanced line of wireless products for business customers," said Victor Tsao, Linksys President and CEO. "The single-chip solution incorporating the processor, security and PCI bus enables us to design a line of wireless products more cost-effectively and with headroom for future management capabilities and additional features. Intel is providing us a solid platform to build a line of products that meets the demands of today and tomorrow's business user." Linksys Group Inc.

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