Ruckus Raised for Triple-Play
September 20, 2005
The company formerly known as Video54 is targeting its technologies at the home for a future in wireless video, voice and data.
Video54 made its name earlier this year when its BeamFlex technology was licensed by Netgear for use in its RangeMax series of products. Now the company is jettisoning that namewhich it says is not only tied too closely to 54Mbps Wi-Fi, but is also easily confused with the legendary Studio 54 nightclubin favor of the name Ruckus Wireless.
Along with the new name, the company is also introducing new advanced QoS technology to work with BeamFlex, new funding, and a major new customer.
BeamFlex is a multiple-antenna technology, using seven antennas that are capable of creating up to 127 different antenna signal patterns to get around and through obstacles. The company refers to it as a form of MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) technology that can be used with existing 802.11 chipsets. As of this week, the company is also offering SmartCast, a multicast-capable Quality of Service (QoS) optimization that identifies and classifies types of wireless traffic, giving priority to voice and video. CEO Selina Lo calls SmartCast "a superset of 802.11e," the QoS/traffic-management standard expected to be ratified by the IEEE sometime soon.
Two more service providers Ruckus can't discuss yet are also on the calendar to announce this year.
Ruckus has received $9 million in capital in its second round of funding, for a total of $14 million since the company was formed in June of 2004.