SHAREWAVE UNVEILS "BODEGA", INDUSTRY'S FIRST MULTIMEDIA AND QOS
ENABLED WI-FI (802.11b) SOLUTION
"Bodega" Wireless LAN Platform Features Whitecap(tm)2 Technology,
Which Adds Wi-Fi (802.11b) Compliance to Multimedia and QoS Capabilities
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (May 2, 2001)- ShareWave, Inc., a provider of
semiconductor technology for multimedia-capable wireless home networks, today
unveiled "Bodega," its next-generation wireless home networking
platform. Bodega features ShareWave's new Whitecap2 Network Protocol, which
incorporates support for Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) in addition to ShareWave's
innovative multimedia and quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities. Whitecap2 is
the industry's only Wi-Fi compliant technology capable of seamlessly
transmitting high-fidelity multimedia content -- including MPEG-2 video and
CD-quality audio -- wirelessly throughout the home. Whitecap2 is also the
industry's first embodiment of many of the core elements of the upcoming IEEE
802.11e wireless LAN standard.
ShareWave will be holding technology demonstrations of Bodega at the
Networld + Interop (N+I) conference in Las Vegas May 7-9. At N+I, ShareWave
will be exhibiting in the Wi-Fi Pavilion booth #1014, as well as conducting
private demonstrations in the Las Vegas Hilton.
Home networking products based on Bodega can interoperate with other Wi-Fi
networks and devices, but also feature Whitecap2's unique home-oriented
capabilities, including multimedia and QoS support, ease of use, and resistance
from common household interferers such as microwave ovens and cordless phones.
In addition to the Whitecap2 Network Protocol, Bodega includes ShareWave's
new SW2200 Series of Network Controllers, which support a variety of digital
interfaces and applications, from desktop and notebook PCs to digital set-top
boxes and residential gateways. The SW2200 Series includes the SW2210 Wireless
PCI/USB Controller, SW2220 Wireless PCMCIA Controller, SW2230 Wireless Mini PCI
Controller, SW2250 Wireless 10BT Controller, and SW2270 Wireless Multi-Link
The Bodega platform also includes ShareWave's Cresta(tm)3 radio reference
design, a Wi-Fi compliant radio enabling low cost, high performance wireless
home networking products, and a broad range of system reference designs.
ShareWave is targeting production shipments of Bodega for Q3 2001, and
consumer products based on Bodega are expected to be available in Q4 2001.
Office to Home Compatibility
Bodega enables consumers to create a home network that meets their
requirements for multimedia support, ease of use and reliability, yet still
supports the Wi-Fi devices they bring home from work, such as notebook PCs. In
addition, products based on Bodega will interoperate with the increasing number
of Wi-Fi networks being deployed in public areas such as schools, airports and
"With the introduction of Bodega, ShareWave has taken another step
toward our vision of changing how people interact with digital content -
entertainment, information and communications - throughout their home,"
said E. Jock Ochiltree, president and CEO for ShareWave. "Whitecap2's
compliance with the Wi-Fi wireless LAN standard, plus its differentiated home
features, set our platform apart from any other home networking solution on the
ShareWave's Whitecap2 technology is a cornerstone of the Bodega platform.
Whitecap2 incorporates a number of innovative technologies that provide
industry-leading multimedia support, such as contention-free access, dynamic
stream support, parameterized QoS, a peer-to-peer topology and delayed
acknowledgements. Whitecap2 also has a variety of ease of use and reliability
features, such as forward error correction (FEC), channel agility, coordinator
redundancy and device authentication. Many of these features have been
incorporated in the IEEE 802.11e draft specification. IEEE 802.11e adds
multimedia and QoS support to the current IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11a
In addition to providing Wi-Fi compliance, Whitecap2 provides support for a
broad range of new digital content and services, including video and audio
on-demand, voice over broadband, and high speed Internet sharing. Whitecap2
also enables a new range of wireless consumer devices such as networked
set-tops, digital video recorders, residential gateways, wireless MP3 players,
mobile web pads, and digital audio and video jukeboxes.
The increasing penetration of broadband technology is a principal driver for
wireless home networks, which extend the broadband experience to multiple
computers and electronic devices anywhere in the home. Once broadband services
become widely deployed, ShareWave's Wi-Fi compliant and multimedia capable
products can take full advantage of the new range of programming, content, and
"With Whitecap2's Wi-Fi's compliance, QoS and multimedia enhancements,
ShareWave is at the forefront of bringing 802.11e to reality and pioneering the
special needs of the home," said Kurt Scherf, vice president of research
for Parks Associates. "It is this degree of functionality that will not
only hasten the adoption of wireless home networks, but will give a boost to
service providers as well."
According to a recent report from Parks Associates, the number of connected
PCs and entertainment products in U.S. households - a prime market for
ShareWave's solution - will total nearly 150 million by the end of 2005.
About ShareWave, Inc.
ShareWave provides semiconductor technology for multimedia-capable wireless
home networks. The company is privately held with its headquarters in El Dorado
Hills, CA. ShareWave has received funding from APV Technology Partners, Cisco
Systems, Intel Corporation, KLM Capital, Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co., Ltd.,
Microsoft Corporation, Philips Electronics NV, SBC Communications, Inc.,
SOFTBANK Technology Ventures, Vulcan Ventures, Inc., and other public and
private investors. ShareWave has announced partnership agreements with Cisco,
Kinaare Networks, Kyushu Matsushita Electric (for products bearing the
Panasonic brand name) and NETGEAR. For more information on ShareWave, visit the
company's web site at www.sharewave.com.
ShareWave and Whitecap are registered trademarks of ShareWave, Inc. Other
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