Quatech Launches Airborne Performance Embedded 802.11a/b/g Radio Module

Quatech Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of DPAC Technologies Corp. (OTCBB:DPAC) and a leader in 802.11 wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) networking solutions, unveiled the latest advancement in 802.11 technology with the launch of the Airborne Performance Embedded 802.11a/b/g Radio Module.

The Airborne Performance Embedded Radio Module is the latest in the most advanced line of 802.11 radios for reliable, high performance WiFi networking. This addition adds 802.11a/b/g dual band radio technology and enterprise-class security. With its flexible small form factor, CompactFlash, SDIO and Bluetooth Coexistance interfaces, the radio enables users to integrate the latest WiFi technology utilizing a solution designed specifically for M2M, medical and telematics applications.

The Performance 802.11a/b/g radio has been developed to support the extended temperature ranges, rugged environments and small form factors required by today’s harshest applications. As the next generation of wireless technology, the radio family has been developed in the United States as the next platform in the Airborne radio product family and is the first to offer support in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz ISM bands.

Taking advantage of an advanced architecture, the radio supports the latest media streaming, roaming, power management and security standards; and has the most flexible system implementation options available on the market. When it comes to 802.11 wireless communications, security is of the utmost importance. The Airborne Performance radio’s advanced encryption supports the latest 802.11i security standards and implements WEP, WPA and WPA2 along with a broad range of EAP supplicants. The family of devices also supports the development of both station and access point applications from a unified platform.

Designed for the most stringent application demands, the Airborne radio is the most advanced embedded host networking product on the market. From healthcare to machine-to-machine, telematics and industrial automation, its available drivers and easy configuration allow users to tailor hardware and software to meet desired needs and application demands.

“The Airborne Performance Radio Module is the next advance in our 802.11 product series,” said Steve Runkel, CEO, Quatech, Inc. “Quatech was first to market the 802.11b radio, followed by the launch of the industrial-class 802.11b/g solution. By offering 802.11a technology, we continue to provide leading solutions in support of an emerging market and meet the evolving needs of M2M customers.”

Key Features and Benefits:

  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g dual band WiFi embedded radio
  • -40° to +85° operating temperature range
  • Ruggedized environmental specifications
  • Advanced security support for 802.1i through AES/CCMP, TKIP, WEP, WPA and WPA2
  • Support for 802.11e/h/i/j/k IEEE standards
  • Fully integrated hardware solution
  • Small radio footprint (38mm x 27mm x 9.3mm)
  • U.FL antenna connectors
  • Platform supports PC 16, SDIO (1 and 4 bit) and SPI interfaces
  • Bluetooth Coexistence support (four wire)
  • FCC Part 15 Class B Sub C Modular Approval

Evaluation Kits and samples for the Airborne Performance Embedded Radio Module CompactFlash series are expected to ship in July 2007, with production volumes available later in Q3, 2007.

About Quatech, Inc.
Quatech’s high performance device networking & connectivity solutions help companies improve their bottom line performance. Quatech enables reliable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications via secure 802.11 wireless or traditional wired networks with industrial grade embedded radios, modules, boards and external device servers. For local and mobile connections, Quatech serial adapters provide connectivity and port expansion via any interface option. Satisfied customers rely on our unique combination of performance and support to improve bottom line performance through the highest application quality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Quatech markets its products through a global network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Founded in 1983, Quatech is headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, and merged with DPAC Technologies Corp. (OTCBB:DPAC) in February 2006.