Demonstrating that technical development knows no boundaries, Synad, the fabless WLAN System-on-Chip company, has begun an international expansion programme with the opening of new offices in Asia, Europe and the US. The company has moved into a new 10,000 ft2 headquarters and engineering facility in Reading, UK, which will house the management team, product development teams as well as European sales and support staff.

Also, in order to strengthen its worldwide presence and commitment to customers in Asia and the US, the company has opened two new offices in Taipei, Taiwan and Irvine, CA. These facilities will provide local marketing, sales and application engineering support in each region.

The background to the expansion is that radio-licensing authorities around the world are releasing both 2.4 and 5 GHz spectrum to facilitate the emergence of IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b and the draft IEEE 802.11g, as global standards. With the WLAN market being undoubtedly global, it is advantageous for WLAN vendors to take an international approach to sales, marketing and engineering support.

The international rollout comes as Synad completes its Mercury5G dual-band WLAN solution that enables roaming and connectivity across 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless networks. Mercury5G delivers connectivity and interoperability between 802.11a, 802.11b and the draft 802.11g standards.