August 4, 2003 -
Wipro Technologies, the global IT services division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) and a leading provider of technology solutions for the wireless connectivity market, today announced the licensing of its multi-mode 802.11 MAC and BB IP to STMicroelectronics.
Wipro licensed its Wireless LAN IPs to STMicroelectronics through Answer Systems, its IP distributor in Europe. STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. ‘The licensing of our 802.11 IPs to STMicroelectronics is a significant moment in our 802.11 IP program. ST’s confidence in Wipro’s IPs reinforces our belief that we have the most robust and feature rich Wireless LAN IPs in the market,’ said Ramesh Emani, the Chief Executive of the Embedded and Product Engineering Solutions at Wipro.
STMicroelectronics selected its Wireless LAN IP partner after a thorough evaluation during which Wipro emerged as a preferred choice. The optimum hardware software partitioning of Wipro’s 802.11 MAC provided ST with the required flexibility they needed in their design. Wipro’s 802.11 Baseband has an extremely low gate count and power consumption value which will allow ST to get a smaller and low power consuming chip. Apart from licensing the 802.11 IPs to ST, Wipro and Answer Systems will also provide them with extensive support for the IPs.
Elaborating further, Uday Ramachandran, the Group Head of the Semiconductor IP Division of Wipro, says, ‘We are proud to be the technology partners of STMicroelectronics. Our expertise in the Wireless LAN technology will accelerate ST’s time to market for their next generation Wireless chips.’
Wireless LAN is a standard for wireless Internet access being deployed in airports, enterprises and homes. Wireless LAN is truly revolutionizing the Internet access around the world as can be seen in the unprecedented rate at which this market is growing.
Wipro has a comprehensive suite of 802.11 IPs consisting of tri mode 802.11 a/b/g MAC, 802.11a Baseband, 802.11b Baseband and 802.11g Baseband. Wipro’s 802.11 IPs have been licensed by various customers who have incorporated them in their final products. Wipro’s portfolio of 802.11 IPs is supported by a vast spectrum of VLSI and System design as well as embedded software expertise that allows Wipro to offer customers a comprehensive, end-to-end solution.About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2002, the Company’s net revenues were $6.32 billion and net earnings were $429.4 million. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com
.About Wipro Limited
Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally.
In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations.
Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange, among others. For more information, please visit our website at www.wipro.com
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