Systemonic's roots are in the European Cellular market and its initial
product concepts were intended for this market. However, subsequent
development of the company's core technologies has demonstrated
its applicability to global wireless and wired applications.
As product concepts became product plans, changes in market opportunity
have allowed Systemonic to apply its core OnDSP technology
to create a series of DSPs tailored to the Wireless LAN market.
With the acquisition of the RF Networking business from the Raytheon
Company in November 2001 and the integration of its world-class
RF technologies, Systemonic is better positioned than ever to bring
winning solutions to the wireless market. Today, Systemonic
continues to leverage this combination of world-class RF and highly
flexible and efficient DSP technology to create products that seamlessly
connect people and networks together.
The last 12 months have shown a rapid increase in the deployment
of of 2.4 GHz networks operating under the 802.11b standard. The
next 12 months will herald the adoption of 5 GHz networks offering
54 Mbps, and many will be overlaid on existing 2.4 GHz networks.
Whether in a location with both protocols or moving from one location/protocol
combination to another, a multi-protocol, multi-mode solution is
Wireless LANs now offer performance and capacity that complement
their wired counterparts. This evolution of the wireless market
provides an opportunity for astonishing growth. With the large number
of new products featuring wireless functionality, the Wireless LAN
market's growth will continue to accelerate not only in the enterprise
but in the home as well. This growth will be marked by a proliferation
of different standards to solve the needs of differing applications.
This will require unique types of solutions that are capable of
processing multiple wireless standards and interfacing to the wired
Analyst Stan Bruederle at Gartner Dataquest estimates that the W-LAN
sector consumed between 5 million and 6 million chips last year
and that it will consume 10 million to 12 million this year. "In
five years, it could be up to 50 million to 60 million [chips] per
year, depending on how the home market takes off," he said.
By offering the industry's first multi-standard, multi-protocol
solution, Systemonic is well on its way to becoming the industry
leader that provides complete wireless silicon system solutions
for the growing Wireless LAN marketplace.
With Internet traffic doubling every 100 days, the demand for high-speed
Internet access in the home has never been greater. The ability
to disperse this information to multiple devices throughout the
home is one more advantage that Wireless LANs have to offer. Wireless
LANs also give the user the option of accessing and sending data
to and from multiple devices ranging from PCs, consumer audio/video
products such as TV's, digital cameras, gaming consoles, printers,
and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
In June 2001, Systemonic announced a partnership with Sony to
address the wireless audio/video market, and Gartner Dataquest's
Bruederle called that partnership a particularly smart move: "802.11a
is targeting the home entertainment market," and thus "partnering
with the big Japanese consumer manufacturers, including the big
set-top-box manufacturers, is essential."
Just as the enterprise networking market experienced fast growth,
the Home Networking market is expected to do the same. Although
the Home Networking market is still in its infancy, it is expected
to grow from 4 million households in 2000 to 20 million households
in 2004. Systemonic's solutions are equally well suited to address
the unique needs of the Home, as well as the Enterprise markets.
The introduction of Wireless LAN technology to the home will unleash
the networking possibilities that can be executed by emerging technologies
such as personal email pads, cordless Internet telephony, smart
appliances, and home automation, just to name a few.
To prepare for these emerging market segments, Systemonic is investing
millions of dollars to support their wireless silicon system developments.
They also have over 60 engineers on staff currently creating the
advanced wireless silicon systems that assist customers in being
a market leader today and tomorrow.