Tolly Group Ranks Metalink's WLANPlus Chipset First in 802.11n Test

Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK), a provider of high-performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, announced that its WLANPlus(TM) chipset has achieved impressive performance results in independent tests conducted by The Tolly Group. These rigorous tests benchmarked Metalink’s WLANPlus against three products using different 802.11n chipsets. The tests confirmed that the use of Metalink’s solution doubled performance as compared to the closest competitor tested, and in many of the tests by as much as ten-fold. These tests further position WLANPlus as the best-of-breed 802.11n draft 2.0 compliant product and the only one powerful enough to enable high-performance wireless applications.

Kevin Tolly, the CEO of The Tolly Group, noted: “To ‘push the limits’ of these chipsets, we introduced a new set of challenging criteria, including zero-loss tests as a necessary de-facto standard for the home entertainment space. We were impressed with Metalink’s WLANPlus, which clearly outperformed the others in both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, as well as being the only chipset tested to achieve zero-loss in UDP tests.” Tolly added that the tests indicated that Metalink’s product also achieved the best results in TCP tests.

The Tolly Group’s tests took place in a large U.S.-based home (a 6,000-square foot, three-floor structure with a basement), enabling a wide variety of performance tests. The tests included measurement of throughput, full home coverage and transmission quality. These tests demonstrated that WLANPlus offers superior performance in the 2.4-GHz band (the band commonly used for data services), and that it is the only chipset tested which provides robust performance in the 5-GHz band (used for high-quality applications such as video and gaming). As such, WLANPlus has emerged as the clear best-of-breed foundation for 802.11n home networks with a proven ability to support the delivery of multiple simultaneous HD video streams throughout the home.

“The fact that the Tolly Group’s independent tests have singled out Metalink’s technology confirms WLANPlus’s status as the market’s highest-performing solution for wireless home networks,” said Barry Volinskey, Metalink’s Vice President of Marketing. “Our product achieved the best results in both TCP and UDP tests, as well as in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, making it the only wireless technology capable of supporting the new demanding requirements of wireless home networks. This further establishes Metalink’s positioning as a major player in the fast-growing home networking space.”

About WLANPlus
The WLANPlus chipset family provides a state of the art solution for data, VoIP, gaming and HD video streaming applications, with complete and reliable coverage throughout the home. WLANPlus supports up to 300Mbps transmission speeds at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, and offers over twice the reach of competing 802.11n solutions, provided by the implementation of a Maximum Likelihood (ML) decoder combined with advanced Forward Error Correction (FEC) scheme, using Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) technology.

WLANPlus is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It is fully compliant with 802.11a/b/g-based legacy devices, as well as 802.11h (radar detection), 802.11i (security) and 802.11e Quality of Service (QoS). To guarantee QoS and optimize performance in home environments, WLANPlus also features sophisticated QoS mechanisms, such as Enhanced Distribution Channel Access (EDCA) with Admission Control and Fast Link Adaptation (FLA), significantly increasing network efficiency.

Since its introduction in 2006, Metalink’s WLANPlus chipset family has gained broad industry recognition as the best performing 802.11n technology.

About Metalink
Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK) is a leading provider of high performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions. Metalink’s WLAN and DSL technologies are designed to enable true broadband connectivity in every home, and its products revolutionize the broadband experience by facilitating the convergence of telecommunication, networking and entertainment.

Metalink’s WLANPlus(TM) is a high-throughput, 802.11n-draft-compliant wireless LAN technology optimized for the networked home entertainment environment. Featuring advanced MIMO technology and full support of QoS, and operating in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, WLANPlus enables multi-room networking of multiple high-definition video streams. In addition, Metalink offers a broad range of symmetric DSL and VDSL products used by operators as a cost-effective network upgrade to support triple-play services. Headquartered in Yakum, Israel, the company has design centers in USA (Atlanta, GA) and Taiwan, and sales offices in USA (Atlanta, GA), South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

About The Tolly Group
The Tolly Group, an independent testing and strategic consulting organization based in Boca Raton, FL, offers a full range of services designed to furnish both the vendor and end-user communities with authoritative and unbiased information. Additionally, The Tolly Group is recognized worldwide for its expertise in assessing leading-edge technologies. For more information on The Tolly Group’s services, E-mail, call +1-561-391-5610, or fax +1-561-391-5810.