Industry analyst firm Dell'Oro Group estimates that the Wi-Fi market will grow at a 40 percent annual rate over the next three years, with the fastest expansion in voice applications, consumer electronics and small branch office devices. Industry standards are evolving rapidly as well, and the required security technologies for these new devices are complex. Furthermore, as analysts at IDC and Forrester have reported, consumers are insisting that next-generation Wi-Fi devices be more secure and simpler to set up and use within their wireless networks.
Meeting these burgeoning demands for secure and easy-to-use Wi-Fi devices presents steep engineering challenges for device manufacturers. They now have a solution to tackle these hurdles, leading to faster market entry, greater differentiation and lower development costs: Devicescape's Secure Wireless Client 1.0. SWC was developed for use in a variety of next-generation wireless consumer and office devices, including digital televisions and gaming consoles for the home, printers and LCD projectors for the office, and handsets that can switch between Wi-Fi and cellular, depending on the available network. Additionally, with SWC, OEMs have technology that gives end users unparalleled ease in managing their Wi-Fi connections.
SWC's unique features include:
-- Comprehensive Wi-Fi security, including WPA/WPA2 personal and enterprise, and a broad range of authentication methods
-- Off-the-shelf integration with the Windows CE 5.0, Windows Mobile 5.0 and Linux operating systems, and easy portability to most other embedded operating systems
-- Incorporation of SWC into the Wi-Fi Alliance test bed, giving manufacturers a high level of assurance that their SWC-based devices will be readily certifiable. Devicescape's software is the gold reference standard for the Wi-Fi Alliance.
"There continues to be an ongoing increase in the use of Wi-Fi technology with embedded systems, especially within consumer electronics devices," said Matt Volckmann, embedded systems software analyst at VDC. "Devicescape's SWC offering provides interoperability with today's most popular device operating systems, enables developers to incorporate the latest wireless security features into their designs and squarely addresses the growing demand for wireless device connectivity."
"As consumers continue to experience the benefits of wireless networks in their homes and offices, they will demand wireless devices that they can easily integrate into their growing digital lifestyle," said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. "With the release of SWC, Devicescape addresses the OEM's need to bring top-quality wireless devices to market quickly and meet the consumer need for security, ease-of-use and interoperability."
Devicescape's SWC comes with pre-validated support for the latest client Wi-Fi chipsets from Atheros, Broadcom and Marvell. Pricing for licensing the Secure Wireless Client 1.0 begins at $50,000 per project.
Devicescape is a leader in wireless software for devices. The company provides the only complete wireless software platform that empowers device manufacturers to deliver on the promise of life without wires. Leveraging the openness and power of unlicensed spectrum wireless LAN (Wi-Fi, 802.11) and the Linux operating system, the Devicescape platform enables the creation of a broad range of wireless devices that connect easily, coordinate seamlessly and can be managed efficiently. Devicescape allows developers in networking and consumer electronics markets to harness complex wireless technologies, leverage open source and focus on their own innovation, resulting in breakthrough products that are easy to use and manage. Headquartered in Brisbane, Calif., the company is privately held and venture-backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, JAFCO Ventures, August Capital and Applied Materials Ventures. To learn more, please consult www.devicescape.com.
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