Summit Launches Two Dual-Band Wi-Fi Modules

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802.11a/b/g radios bring 5 GHz support to today's mobile computers

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Summit's new dual-band radios use proven, standards-based technology to deliver secure and reliable connectivity in that band as well as the 2.4 GHz band.

Summit Data Communications, the leader in embedded Wi-Fi® solutions for mobile computers and other business-critical mobile devices, today announced the availability of two radio modules that exploit the little-used 5 GHz frequency band for more reliable connectivity. The modules, which will be certified for Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) Version 4 next month, enable today's mobile devices to exploit the capabilities of enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products that support the draft IEEE standard of 802.11n.

While overall sales of enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products have been falling, sales of infrastructure products that support 802.11n have been on the rise. 802.11n enterprise infrastructure gear operates in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and improves the connection reliability of all clients, including those that use pre-N standards. By supporting both 802.11b/g, which operates in the 2.4 GHz band, and 802.11a, which operates in the 5 GHz band, Summit's new modules enable businesses to capitalize on the benefits of 802.11n infrastructure in both bands.

"One of the big reasons to deploy 802.11n gear in your business infrastructure is to exploit the 5 GHz band," said Chris Bolinger, Summit's VP of Sales and Marketing. "Summit's new dual-band radios use proven, standards-based technology to deliver secure and reliable connectivity in that band as well as the 2.4 GHz band."

The new Summit products are the SDC-MCF10AG module, which has a compact flash interface, and the SDC-MSD10AG module, which has an SDIO interface. Because they have the same board connector and pin definitions as Summit's 2.4 GHz modules, the new AG modules provide device manufacturers with a smooth upgrade path from single-band to dual-band support. Like other Summit products, the new AG modules are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ and operate on Windows CE and Windows Mobile®, the most popular operating systems for mobile computers and other business-critical mobile devices.

When certified for CCX V4 next month, the new modules will earn the Cisco Compatible seal, which signifies not just interoperability with enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products from Cisco Systems, Inc. but also support for Cisco Wi-Fi innovations for enhanced security, mobility, quality of service, and network management.

The list price for the MCF10AG module and the MSD10AG module is US$159. Volume discounts are available to qualified mobile device vendors. The purchase price covers radio hardware, Summit's market-leading software, software upgrades, and a broad range of certification and support services provided by Summit and Summit partners. Both modules are available in limited quantities now and will be available in production quantities by the end of this quarter.

Details on Summit solutions are available at . For information on how to evaluate one of the new modules, call +1 330.434.7929 or send an E-mail message to sales(at)summitdatacom(dot)com.

About Summit
Summit Data Communications, Inc. is the mobile in today's mobile computers and other business-critical mobile devices. Summit's embedded Wi-Fi solutions provide secure, reliable connections in the challenging environments in which business-critical mobile devices operate, including factories, warehouses, ports, hospitals, and retail stores.

Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.


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