Wi2Wi, a leading provider of OEM communications products for Tier 1 PC OEMs and wireless systems for PAN, WAN and LAN, announces a partnership with SiRF to become a part of their Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) network. It also announces the availability of the industry’s smallest fully-integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver module. At just 15mm x 15mm, the Wi2Wi device is near half the size of competing solutions, and incorporates SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.’s GPS- enabled location technology.
“Wi2Wi team, with its established track record in the wireless industry, brings both innovative GPS and multifunction product concepts and localized customer support capabilities for the US market,” said Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for SiRF. “We are pleased to add Wi2Wi to our VAM program to help us accelerate the time to market for a broad range of GPS enabled consumer products.”
Wi2Wi’s products address the market for mobile, power-sensitive terminals such as cell phone/smart phones, PDAs, and MP3/personal audio players and other consumer devices. Wi2Wi’s expertise in small-form factor RF circuit design results in a module (part number W2SG0001) which will enable device manufacturers to more quickly and more efficiently GPS-enable their products.
The W2SG0001 from Wi2Wi integrates best-in-class systems. GPS is provided by SiRF Technology’s latest SiRFstarIII solution and can deliver time-to-fix faster than other silicon solutions. Wi2Wi’s W2SG0001 has excellent sensitivity which is a necessity in urban canyons and with hand held devices which may not always be in open air. The W2SG0001 is easy to integrate with a UART interface and a Solder Down connection with an external connector for use with either an active or passive antenna. The W2SG0001 is a full system solution, including clock and voltage regulation functions.
“We have combined best-in-class silicon from SiRF and the expertise of Wi2Wi in providing small form-factor communication products to enable GPS in a variety of mobile devices” commented Ramzi Al-Harayeri, President and CEO of Wi2Wi. “The small size and complete receiver solution from Wi2Wi will allow OEMs and ODMs to enable GPS in products where space is constrained.”
The W2SGW0001 is available now as development kit and sample packs. Volume production is scheduled for Fall 2006.
About Wi2Wi, Inc.
Headquartered in San Jose, California, Wi2Wi is a leading provider for PAN (Personal Area Network), LAN (Local Area Network), and WAN (Wide Area Network) embedded solutions. Wi2Wi was formed as a result of a 2005 management buy-out of the Actiontec Electronics OEM Division’s products, IP and assets. Since 1997 the division has been a premier supplier of modems and wireless solutions for Tier 1 US PC and laptop computer companies including IBM, Dell, H-P and Gateway. Throughout its history the division delivered a series of industry firsts including built-in modems, laptop 802.11 Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth(R) solutions for the OEM Market.
Managed by experienced executives from Actiontec and leading industry companies, Wi2Wi is now focused on building its Advanced Technology Division to offer next generation System in Package (SiP) solutions. Wi2Wi will provide complete wireless system solutions for PAN, WAN and LAN by combining the latest technologies along with its packaging IP to provide lower power, integrated products for tomorrow’s portable devices.
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About SiRF Technology
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. develops and markets semiconductor and software products that are designed to enable location-awareness utilizing GPS and other location technologies in high-volume mobile consumer devices and commercial applications. SiRF’s technology has been integrated into mobile consumer devices, such as automobile navigation systems, mobile phones, PDAs, GPS-based peripherals and handheld GPS navigation devices, and into commercial applications, such as asset tracking devices and fleet management systems. SiRF markets and sells its products in four target platforms: automotive, consumer electronics, mobile computing, and wireless devices. Founded in 1995, SiRF is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world. The company trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol SIRF.