Wisair Intros MB-OFDM Chip

Wisair announces and demonstrates the industry's first multi-band OFDM transceiver chip for ultra-wideband applications

April 7, 2004

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TOKYO, LOS GATOS, Calif., and TEL AVIV, Israel -- Today at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Japan Spring 2004, Wisair, a leading Ultra Wide Band (UWB) chipsets and solutions company, announced its Multi-Band OFDM (MB-OFDM) transceiver chip UB501. The UB501 is the industry's first MB- OFDM compliant device providing throughput of up to 480Mbps. This chip will be used in numerous Consumer Electronics (CE), PC, Mobile and Handheld products. UB501 will be demonstrated at IDF in Japan.

Wisair is one of the founding members of the Multi-Band OFDM Alliance (MBOA) and one of the authors of its UWB radio specification. Wisair is also a member of the WiMedia alliance to assure interoperability among various manufacturers of UWB-based devices and systems. Wisair has recently joined the Wireless USB Promoter Group as a key contributor and this group is expected to release its specifications by the end of 2004.

"UB501 is Wisair's first generation of RF-IC transceiver chip from its UBLink(TM) family of products," said David Yaish, President and CEO of Wisair. "This chip provides a superior performance at a very low power and a low cost for the fast emerging home and office wireless connectivity markets for a wide range of products and applications," continued Yaish.

"This is a big step forward for UWB," said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless advisory firm Farpoint Group (Ashland, MA). "The availability of the Wisair UB501 will expand the range of roles for UWB, and help build the market for MBOA-based applications."

UB501 uses SiGe-BiCMOS technology supporting a range of data rates up to 480Mbps, occupying a frequency spectrum between 3.1 and 7.4GHz. It is compliant with the current MBOA Version 0.8 specification and upgradeable to the final Version 1.0. The UB501 comes in a 56-pin package, requires several passive components, an off-the-shelf crystal and no external power amplifier. The Wisair UB501 chip will be provided as part of several development kits and reference designs to help OEMs quickly develop their systems and applications.

Wisair Ltd.

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