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Chipmaker Intersil said Wednesday it has begun developing wireless network equipment that uses both the 802.11g and 802.11a standards. The "Duette" line of LAN (local area network) equipment should debut by the end of April, said Intersil spokesman Ron Paciello. Most wireless network equipment is now based on the 802.11b standard. The 802.11a and 802.11g standards were developed to create wireless networks that are faster than 802.11b.
The company attributes its better-than-expected earnings report to nearly $50 million in sales of wireless access products during the quarter.
Fairchild Semiconductor announced it has completed the acquisition of Intersil's discrete power business for approximately $338 million in cash. With the acquisition, South Portland, Maine-based Fairchild will become the second-largest supplier of MOSFET power-management components, representing a 20 percent share of the $3 billion market, Fairchild said in a statement. Chief Financial Officer Joe Martin said Fairchild expects its total power business to be on track for $1 billion in annual sales by the end of this year.