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OFDM Forum Knowledge Bolstered with the Addition of 19 New Members

06/19/2000


The Newest Principal Member is Silicon Automation Systems

Calgary, Alberta
June 19, 2000

The OFDM Forum, an association established for the development of a single global OFDM standard for high-speed wireless communications, today announced Silicon Automation Systems (SAS) as its newest principal member, and that several businesses and universities, and a government agency have joined the organization. 

Based in India, SAS are experts in wireless and broadband access technologies and audio/video and speech processing techniques and offer solutions that enrich the Internet experience. 

SAS joins Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Sony, SmartMove, Carnegie Mellon University, The Testbed Center for Interoperability (TCFI) at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Wi-LAN as members of the OFDM Forum, which also has received support from Microsoft. 

New OFDM Forum associate members are Millicom International Cellular, Whiteline Communications, and Tadiran Communications Ltd. 

Nine small business members were also added to OFDM Forum roster, including: Analog Circuit Technologies, Inc. (www.analog-circuit.com); BOPS Inc (www.bops.com); NextComm, Inc.(www.nextcomminc.com); Pacific Broadband Communications (www.pacband.com); ProTelevision Technologies A/S (www.ptv.dk); Radix Wireless (www.radixwireless.com); TelenComm Inc. (www.telencomm.com); Transcept, Inc.(www.transcept.com); and Wireless Matrix AB (www.wireless-matrix.com). 

The OFDM Forum has also added the following academic members: California-PATH, University of California at Berkeley (www.eecs.berkeley.edu); Georgia Institute of Technology (www.gatech.edu); IMEC (www.imec.be); University of Calgary (www.ucalgary.ca); and University of Oulu - Centre for Wireless Communications (www.cwc.oulu.fi). Industry Canada (www.ic.gc.ca) also joined the OFDM Forum as a government agency member. 

The OFDM Forum has grown to include 34 members to date, 13 of which are listed as principal members of the organization. 

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 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. Forum members have established working groups which focus on OFDM issues in three areas: Fixed Wireless Access, Wireless Road Access and Wireless LAN (WLAN) including 
Home Multimedia and wireless personal area networks (WPANs). 

"We are pleased to welcome SAS and the other new members to the OFDM Forum," says Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman and CEO, Wi-LAN and Chair Company of the OFDM Forum. "These organizations share the Forum's vision of a single, compatible OFDM standard that will further enable the delivery of cost-effective devices on all wireless networks." 

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, Sony Corporation, Wi-LAN and TCFI. 

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 www.ofdm-forum.com. The next meeting of the OFDM Forum will be held in Calgary, Alberta from July 13 to 15, 2000. 

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. More information on the OFDM Forum can be 
found at www.ofdm-forum.com.

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