Thursday, August 09, 2007

Metalink (MTLK): Best-of-breed in the wireless chip sector

Metalink always describes itself as the "best-of-breed" in the wireless networking chip sector and if you would like some evidence for that claim just read the article below. This is pretty cool stuff. Here is the link.

Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ: MTLK), a provider of high-performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, announced that its WLANPlus(TM) chipset has achieved impressive performance results in independent tests conducted by The Tolly Group. These rigorous tests benchmarked Metalink's WLANPlus against three products using different 802.11n chipsets. The tests confirmed that the use of Metalink's solution doubled performance as compared to the closest competitor tested, and in many of the tests by as much as ten-fold. These tests further position WLANPlus as the best-of-breed 802.11n draft 2.0 compliant product and the only one powerful enough to enable high-performance wireless applications.

Kevin Tolly, the CEO of The Tolly Group, noted: "To 'push the limits' of these chipsets, we introduced a new set of challenging criteria, including zero-loss tests as a necessary de-facto standard for the home entertainment space. We were impressed with Metalink's WLANPlus, which clearly outperformed the others in both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, as well as being the only chipset tested to achieve zero-loss in UDP tests." Tolly added that the tests indicated that Metalink's product also achieved the best results in TCP tests.

The Tolly Group's tests took place in a large U.S.-based home (a 6,000-square foot, three-floor structure with a basement), enabling a wide variety of performance tests. The tests included measurement of throughput, full home coverage and transmission quality. These tests demonstrated that WLANPlus offers superior performance in the 2.4-GHz band (the band commonly used for data services), and that it is the only chipset tested which provides robust performance in the 5-GHz band (used for high-quality applications such as video and gaming). As such, WLANPlus has emerged as the clear best-of-breed foundation for 802.11n home networks with a proven ability to support the delivery of multiple simultaneous HD video streams throughout the home.

"The fact that the Tolly Group's independent tests have singled out Metalink's technology confirms WLANPlus's status as the market's highest-performing solution for wireless home networks," said Barry Volinskey, Metalink's Vice President of Marketing. "Our product achieved the best results in both TCP and UDP tests, as well as in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands, making it the only wireless technology capable of supporting the new demanding requirements of wireless home networks. This further establishes Metalink's positioning as a major player in the fast-growing home networking space."

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