Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) announced today that a custom wireless local area network (WLAN) module design, based on Atmel’s USB 802.11b Media Access Controller, was released to production by HP(R) to provide a Wi-Fi(R) enabled print server. The HP Jetdirect(R) 380x print server helps enable sharing of a broad range of network-capable HP printers and multi-function peripherals across 802.11b wireless networks. The Atmel design, done specifically for HP, utilizes the RF Micro Devices(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:RFMD) radio front end and is one of the highest performing USB 802.11b module solutions available today.
Printers use either a USB or parallel interface to connect directly to a PC. For printers that do not have an Ethernet port, the HP Jetdirect 380x 802.11b wireless print server may be used to provide a connection from the printer’s USB interface to the Local Area Network (LAN). The HP Jetdirect 380x print server is designed to provide wireless network connectivity, facilitating the choice of printer location without the use of wires.
This design win represents Atmel’s second embedded Wi-Fi design win at HP. The first design win, announced November 18, 2002 was for an embedded USB module into the HP iPAQ(TM) Pocket PC H5400 series.
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