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Metalink Targets HDTV With Wireless LAN

For the first time, advanced Wi-Fi technology was used to deliver multiple simultaneous high-definition television streams anywhere in the home, with full quality-of-service guarantees.

YAKUM, Israel — Metalink Ltd., a provider of wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, announced Monday (March 27) that it has concluded a series of live demonstrations of its WLANPlus chipset, a technology based on the emerging 802.11n standard, with unique capabilities for wireless multimedia distribution.

For the first time, advanced Wi-Fi technology was used to demonstrate the delivery of multiple simultaneous high-definition television (HDTV) streams anywhere in the home, with full quality of service (QoS) guarantees.

"We believe that in 2007, driven by the adoption of the 802.11n standard, Wi-Fi chipsets will be widely used by consumer electronics manufacturers for products such as HDTV displays and DVRs," said Philip Solis, senior analyst at ABI Research. "We expect the number of Wi-Fi ICs sold into consumer electronics to grow from 6.6 million units in 2004 to over 70 million units in 2007."

"The consumer electronics market is presenting a huge opportunity for Wi-Fi chip-sets while increasing the technological bar dramatically beyond current Wi-Fi specifications," said Tzvika Shukman, Metalink's chairman and chief executive officer. "Over the past three years, Metalink has focused on developing its cutting edge WLANPlus technology, and we are proud to see the endorsement of our solution by global leaders of the CE industry - characterizing our offering as the best Multiple-HDTV streaming Wi-Fi solution they have seen. The performance we have exhibited is a result of our WLANPlus incorporating the most challenging elements of the emerging 802.11n standard specification while combining them with proprietary innovative architectures."

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