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Intel, five others join wireless LAN group

An industry group formed last year to promote and certify interoperability of wireless LAN (local area network) systems announced yesterday that chip giant Intel and five other vendors have joined the alliance to bring the number of member companies to 42.

The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) said in a statement that the addition of the six new members shows how fast the IEEE 802.11b HR (high rate) specification for 11M-bps (bits per second) wireless LANs in the 2.4GHz radio band is gaining acceptance among industry leaders.

In addition to Intel, the other companies joining WECA were Askey Computer, Atheros Communications, Eumitcom Technology, Mobilian and Xircom.

WECA was formed in August 1999. The group's founding members were 3Com, Cisco Systems, Intersil, Lucent Technologies, Nokia and Symbol Technologies.

More information about WECA and its compatibility certification program can be found on the Web at http://www.wi-fi.org/./.