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6th November 2000, Portland, Or, USA

The HomeRF Working Group Announces Evolved Mission and Six New Promoter Companies
Compaq, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Proxim and Siemens Provide Expanded Industry Representation in Group's Leadership

The HomeRF(TM) Working Group (WG) today announced organizational changes to promote the benefits of wireless home networking devices and quickly take advantage of the positive ruling from the FCC to allow increased transmission speed capabilities of the Shared Wireless Access Protocol (SWAP).

The group's newly expanded organizational structure will include six Promoter companies--Compaq, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Proxim and Siemens. In this capacity, these companies will work to establish the mass deployment of interoperable wireless networking access devices for voice, data and streaming media in consumer environments. The Promoters, who represent several key industry sectors, will also be instrumental in the final development of SWAP 2.0, designed to leverage 10 Mbps Ethernet speeds while meeting the cost, range and interference avoidance requirements of the consumer market.

"This is an exciting time for the HomeRF Working Group with the FCC ruling, enthusiastic market acceptance of HomeRF-enabled products, and exciting new products on the horizon,'' said Kevin Negus, Ph.D., HomeRF's new chairperson. "The reorganization better positions us to take the next step in wireless home networking, enable new applications, devices and services, and aggressively work to educate consumers about the advantages of HomeRF-enabled and certified products.''


"Clearly, this is a critical time for the wireless home networking industry,'' said Kurt Scherf, vice president of research at Parks Associates. "The combination of Compaq, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Proxim and Siemens is an excellent representation of the broad industry, and provides tremendous leverage to drive home networking. These Promoter companies will be key to HomeRF's success as it seeks to deliver HomeRF-enabled products that incorporate voice data and streaming media.''

HomeRF and its nearly 100 member companies continue to lead the wireless home networking industry with technology and products. HomeRF's six Promoter companies are committed to realizing the promise of home networking and are leaders in their respective industries:

  • Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the largest supplier of computing systems in the world;
  • Intel is the world's largest chip maker and a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products;
  • Motorola is the global leader in providing broadband solutions that deliver interactive television, Internet and telephone services over both wired and wireless networks;
  • National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving integrated silicon solutions for information technology;
  • Proxim is the leader in wirefree broadband networking; and
  • Siemens is the leading provider of cordless phones based on the digital enhanced cordless telecommunication (DECT) standard, having shipped more than 20 million DECT phones in more than 50 countries.

HomeRF Highlights COMDEX Participation

HomeRF and its member companies are cosponsoring the ``Digital Home Networking Hot Spot'' at the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas, November 13-17, 2000. HomeRF leaders will provide an overview of the group and the wireless industry, and HomeRF-enabled products will be demonstrated. HomeRF's COMDEX booth number is L7466.


About The HomeRF Working Group

Launched in March 1998, the Home Radio Frequency Working Group has developed a single specification (the Shared Wireless Access Protocol - SWAP) for a broad range of interoperable consumer devices. SWAP is an open industry specification that allows PCs, peripherals, cordless telephones and other consumer electronic devices to share and communicate voice and data in and around the home without the complication and expense associated with running new wires. SWAP-compliant products operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band and utilize frequency-hopping spread spectrum RF technology for secure and robust wireless communications. The current membership of the group reaches nearly 100 companies and is made up of leading companies across the PC, consumer electronics, networking, peripherals, communications, software, retail channel, home control and semiconductor industries worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Wayne Caswell, PR Chair
Phone: +1 512-990-4047

Lois Paul & Partners
Aaron Dun
Phone: +1 781-238-5784

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