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Palmchip Targets Wireless NAS

Now that the concept of wireless storage has been around for about 15 minutes, its time to start improving the technology (see Storage Goes Home).

That’s the idea behind Palmchip Semiconductor, the new company launched this week by Palmchip Corp. to manufacture system-on-chip silicon for wireless storage applications (see Palmchip Opens in Pakistan). The chips will probably initially find their way into consumer products such as cell phones, cameras, and PDAs, but Palmchip CEO Jauher Zaidi sees them eventually used for home networks and even wireless NAS.

“I think it will be a big business for us,” Zaidi says of wireless NAS. “With next-generation wireless technology, corporations will use it.”

The idea of wireless NAS isn’t brand new. A partnership combining Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Linksys routers and Maxtor Corp. (NYSE: MXO) USB drives announced in June introduced the concept of a wireless mini-NAS. It works by plugging a Maxtor USB drive loaded with file management software into a Linksys wireless router to provide 250 Gbytes of storage for $450 (see Broadcom Broadens NAS Market).

Zaidi envisions delivering wireless NAS-on-a chip systems for around $200 for 300 Gbytes, with improved performance over current USB setups.

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