Texas Instruments Wireless Cable Modems Almost Here
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Texas Instruments (TI)
is reporting this week that products
based on its residential gateway (RG) cable modem design -- which will include
enhanced speed, router security features like NAT firewalls, and 802.11b wireless
access points -- are almost ready to ship to retailers.
Companies embracing the RG cable modem design include Toshiba America Information Systems, Netgear, and SMC Networks. Next week at the NCTA show in Chicago, SMC will actually be showing its RG product -- the SMC8013WG Wireless Cable Modem Router, which they announced earlier this month -- in a suite hosted by TI.
The RG design uses TI's TNETC4401 single chip solution for cable modems, which
has interfaces for Ethernet, USB, and 802.11. RG support Data
Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 2.0
Toshiba shipped a previous wireless cable modem, the $299 PCX5000 last September, which used Agere WaveLAN chips for its wireless connection. Netgear also has a Wireless Cable Modem Gateway, the $279 CG814M which they announced in November last year. Other companies with announced 802.11-equipped cable modems include Scientific-Atlanta, Pioneer, Motorola, and Linksys.