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Intersil and Solectek Join OFDM Forum as Principal Members


Calgary, Alberta
May 18, 2000

The OFDM Forum, an association established for the development of a single global OFDM standard for high-speed wireless communications, today announced Intersil and Solectek, as its newest principal members. Intersil and Solectek join Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, CalTrans, SmartMove, Carnegie Mellon University, The Testbed Center for Interoperability (TCFI) at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Wi-LAN (TSE:WIN) as members in the OFDM Forum along with support from Microsoft. 

The OFDM Forum was created to foster the harmonization of OFDM standards, promote the global harmonization of spectrum allocation, and implement a single compatible global OFDM standard for delivering cost-effective devices on all wireless networks and in related industries. 

"Intersil and Solectek understand the importance of delivering on and supporting a standard," says Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, chairman and CEO. "These two companies will aid the Forum in its goal of delivering cost effective devices on all wireless networks using a single, compatible OFDM standard." 

Intersil Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) is the world's leading provider of silicon technology for wireless local area networks (WLANs), marketing the highly successful PRISM WLAN portfolio of products. Since introducing the first PRISM chip set, over 50 companies have incorporated PRISM technology into more than 100 product designs. 

Dr. Eric Lee, Solectek President and CEO, says, "We are very happy to be a part of this important forum. Solectek has dedicated a lot of its resources to OFDM technology; we feel that the forum will give us, and other organizations like us, a platform to discuss and plan the continuing development of OFDM technology and strengthen our markets." 

Forum members have established working groups which focus on OFDM issues in four areas: Fixed Wireless Access, Wireless Home Multimedia, Wireless Road Access and Wireless LAN (WLAN) including Home Multimedia and wireless personal area networks (WPANs). OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) is a technology that is considered at the cornerstone of the next generation of high-speed wireless data products and services for corporate and consumer use. OFDM is also at the foundation of both the IEEE 802.11 and ETSI BRAN standards and is used in numerous multimedia applications. 

The OFDM Forum Steering Committee acts as the executive body of the OFDM Forum. The steering committee includes Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Wi-LAN and CalTrans. 

Membership in the OFDM Forum is open to any corporation or organization engaged in research, development and/or manufacture of any OFDM products, as well as any software firms or other users of OFDM products who are interested in developing and improving OFDM technology and standards. Levels of membership include: principal, associate, small business, academic and governmental agency. Membership fee structure varies according to specific levels. Interested parties can apply to be a member of the OFDM Forum by calling 403-273-9133. More information can be found on the web at The next meeting of the OFDM Forum will be held in Calgary, Alberta on July 13-16. 

About Intersil:
Intersil uses its semiconductor expertise to enable highly integrated voice, data and video communications. Intersil's integrated communications portfolio includes PRISM(r) Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) chip sets that enable mobile connectivity products for the home and office; analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband access to wireless and wired Wide Area Networks (WANs); and power management products that enable 24x7 reliability in network servers, next generation PCs and information appliances. For more information about Intersil, visit the company's Internet homepage at

About Solectek:
Solectek Corporation is a manufacturer of high-speed wireless networking products based in San Diego, California. With over ten years in the wireless industry, and thousands of sites installed around the world, Solectek has established itself as a leading supplier of large wireless networks with exceptionally high performance products. The core goal of Solectek is to continue to provide ISPs, Telcos and end users with the most advanced and complete wireless solution on the market. Solectek accomplishes this through technical innovation, steady revenue growth and listening to the needs of their customers. 

About the OFDM Forum:The OFDM Forum is a market development association comprised of hardware manufacturers, software firms, telecommunication companies and other users interested in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technology in wireless applications. The OFDM Forum was established to create a single, global OFDM standard for cost-effective, high-speed wireless networks on a variety of devices. 

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