Unlike other players in the wireless network market, Proxim has decided that the future does not lie with the IEEE 802.11b standard. Instead it has opted for the HomeRF standard.
To promote the use of HomeRF, Proxim is not only launching a number of its own products but has signed a deal with Siemens to share technology. Siemens will launch a range of telephone-based devices that will use HomeRF¡s isochronous services for both voice and data.
HomeRF allows a throughput of 10mbps, typical wireless access offers just 1.6mbps. Proxim is also using frequency hopping to reduce interference and improve throughput.
Two products are expected to ship before the end of the year. Harmony is targeted at the enterprise networking market and will offer support for both 802.11b wireless cards and Openair wireless networking products.
Stratum MP is a building-to-building solution targeted at the service provider market for last-mile connectivity and has been provided with military-specification security to protect data.