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OFDM Forum's Membership Continues to Grow; Year-End Meeting to be Held in Belgium


National Semiconductor and Soongsil University Join OFDM Forum as New Members

CALGARY, ALBERTA--The OFDM Forum, an association organized to promote a single standard for high-speed wireless communications, is pleased to announce National Semiconductor as its newest Associate Member and Soongsil University as a new Academic Member.

In February of this year, National Semiconductor purchased InnoComm Wireless, a Small Business member of the OFDM Forum. National Semiconductor is showing their continued support of the OFDM Forum by upgrading their membership to an Associate membership. 

"It is exciting to see that membership in the OFDM Forum is continuing to grow," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman and CEO of Wi-LAN Inc., Chair Company of the OFDM Forum. "The momentum behind the OFDM Forum is stronger than ever, and the addition of companies like National Semiconductor and Soongsil University demonstrates the solid future and support behind the 

The OFDM Forum will hold its final meeting for the year 2001 on October 22 and 23 in Leuven, Belgium, home to one of the OFDM Forum's Academic Members, IMEC. Industry leaders will present updates on internal technological developments, standards work and market conditions. The agenda for October's meeting includes a Steering Committee meeting to be held to establish the goals and milestones for the OFDM Forum in the coming year; presentations from industry leaders such as IMEC's presentation on "RF-MEMs" and Working Group sessions where members will discuss recent developments in technology and standards work. For more information on this event, or to register, please visit 

About National Semiconductor: 
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the Information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at 

About Soongsil University: 
Based in Seoul, Korea, Soongsil University, the first 4-year Christian college in Korea, was established in Pyongyang on October 10, 1897. The school's founding ideas are 'truth and service,' and its educational goal is to foster talented men and women, who will, in Christian spirit, use their newly gained knowledge and state-of-the-art technology as a tool for pursuing peace and prosperity of their country and the world. 

About The OFDM Forum: 
The OFDM Forum is a market development association comprised of hardware manufacturers, software firms, telecommunications companies and other users interested in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology in wireless applications. Founded in December 1999, the OFDM Forum was established to promote a single, compatible global OFDM standard for cost-effective, high-speed wireless networks on a variety of devices. Founding companies are: Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Sony, Wi-LAN and the Testbed Center for Interoperability at the University of California at Santa Barbara (a division of CalTrans). The OFDM Forum has grown to include 61 members to date, 15 of which are listed as Principal Members of the organization. 

The OFDM Forum will be involved in two industry events prior to the October meeting. The OFDM Forum will be chairing the third session of "The Path to 4G Mobile" technical symposium to be held in Helsinki, Finland on September 13 and 14, 2001. From September 24 to 26, Bruce Kraemer, of Intersil Corporation, a Principal Member of the OFDM Forum, will be speaking on behalf of the Forum at the IRR's "Wireless LAN" conference in London, England. For more information on these events and general information regarding the OFDM Forum, please visit 

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