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Wi-LAN, Fujitsu expand wireless technology agreement

Calgary-based Wi-LAN Inc., a provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, today announc...


April 30, 2004  


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Calgary-based Wi-LAN Inc., a provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, today announced an amendment to its product development and technology license agreement with Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Originally signed in August 2002, the agreement has been amended to include royalties to Wi-LAN for its Media Access Control (MAC) software, in addition to the original royalties for the use of Wi-LAN’s OFDM technology and expertise.

The MAC software is an essential component of the System-on-Chip (SoC) that Wi-LAN and Fujitsu are co-developing as part of their goal to produce the world’s first WiMAX Certified* broadband wireless system.

The WiMAX Forum is a non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify Broadband Wireless Access equipment.

The original agreement contemplated developing a proprietary SoC as an interim solution. The amended agreement focuses exclusively on the development of a SoC for WiMAX Certified systems.

As the IEEE 802.16a WirelessMAN standard emerged in January 2003 and the activities of the WiMAX Forum accelerated, timelines were shortened, resulting in the cancellation of the proprietary SoC project.

Instead, Wi-LAN has implemented a less complex Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), which the company says costs significantly less to develop.