Proxim today announce an OEM Type II CF card capable of wireless LAN communication over the HomeRF (1/2 MBit/s) standard. This could be an interesting development for upcoming digital cameras, it would allow (for example) the use of such a device in a digital SLR in a studio environment, the photographer able to freely shoot untethered while images are stored directly back to his computer. (Although at 1 MBit/s it would take 8 second to transfer a 1 MB image).

Proxim Introduces the World's First Compact Flash Wireless Adapter

HomeRF Compact Flash(TM) is the Smallest and Lightest Full-featured Wireless LAN Adapter and Offers the Market's Lowest Power Consumption

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2000-- Proxim, Inc. (Nasdaq:PROX - news), the leader in wirefree broadband networking, today introduced the first wirefree compact flash adapter, HomeRF Compact Flash(TM). The product will enable more people to connect without wires in the home and enterprise using Internet appliances, palm computers and other consumer electronics devices that connect to the Internet and intranets.

At less than 20 grams, and measuring 36 by 42 by 5 mm, HomeRF Compact Flash is the market's lightest, smallest full-featured wireless LAN adapter -- it is 78% smaller and 36% lighter than a standard PC card. HomeRF Compact Flash also offers the lowest power consumption among wireless LANs, with a 40% to 45% improvement over the draw of wireless LAN PC cards. The size, weight and low power consumption of this new adapter will enable consumer and commercial device manufacturers to develop small, easily portable devices for Internet and intranet connectivity. HomeRF Compact Flash is also compatible with the OpenAir standard, for interoperability with RangeLAN2 and other OpenAir-compatible devices.

"The small form factor wireless adapter is a step forward for the mobile wireless market which accounts for over 50% of WLANs,'' said Katrina Dahlquist, senior analyst at IDC. "The wireless market is experiencing tremendous growth, IDC forecasts the mobile WLAN market to reach $725 million in 2004.''

Broadband wireless solutions provider, TOUCHPAK, will be one of the first companies to use HomeRF Compact Flash. TOUCHPAK brings wireless multimedia Internet access to locations such as restaurants, airports, doctors' offices and theme parks.

"Proxim's Compact Flash design is the solution we've been waiting for,'' said Chun-Wei (Evan) Chen, president of TOUCHPAK, Inc. "Not only is it unmatched in size, the promise of the HomeRF standard is the pathway to allow data and streaming media, including voice and video, to TOUCHPAK users.''

"For mobile applications, size matters. Handheld technology has to be small and lightweight to make peoples lives easier, otherwise it's just a burden to carry around. That's why Proxim has continually led the charge to create smaller wirefree adapters,'' said Lynn Chroust, Director of Product Marketing at Proxim. "The new HomeRF Compact Flash wireless adapter not only offers the lightest and smallest option for our OEM partners, it also delivers the speed and reliability of HomeRF technology.''

In 1997, Proxim introduced the world's previous smallest micro design-in module, the RangeLAN2 6330 Micro Design-in Module, which is integrated into a variety of devices used in healthcare, manufacturing and industrial warehousing applications.

Availability

Proxim's HomeRF Compact Flash wireless adapter is available now to OEMs incorporating wirefree connectivity into their devices, including Internet appliances, handheld computers and other consumer electronics.

Phil notes: Interesting, though limited by the 2 MBit/s max of HomeRF, here at "DPReview Central" we use Lucent Orinico 802.11 wireless cards which are capable of 11 MBit/s.