Photo: Robert Mendoza, Director of Data and Technology and Dr. Antonia Franco, Executive Director with two of the 100 Portals donated
100 top of the line WiFi routers arrived at the SACNAS headquarters, the result of a generous donation from Ignition Design Labs.
The radically new Portal WiFi routers are designed to thrive in today’s increasingly congested environments to give consumers superior speed, coverage and reliability. SACNAS will be utilizing the routers as prizes in an upcoming membership drive.
“SACNAS focuses on building a national network of peers and mentors for the next generation of diverse STEM leaders. Partnerships like this provide us with the essential communications tools to create these bridges,” said Antonia O. Franco, Ed.D, Executive Director of SACNAS. “Ignition’s technology is at the forefront of the industry. We hope their example of innovation will inspire our SACNAS members to achieve even greater heights.”
“At the very start we want to give back and help empower tomorrow’s scientists and engineers with the knowledge and tools necessary to further expand their careers,” said Terry Ngo, cofounder and CEO of Ignition Design Labs. “Our product, Portal, means ‘door’ and we hope our contribution will open a wider door for Chicanos, Hispanic and Native American STEM students.”
As the number of consumers and homes with connected devices skyrockets, bandwidth-hungry applications such as HD video streaming, real-time gaming, video chat and WiFi calling are causing a slow and unreliable network. In crowded settings, such as multi-unit apartments, dorms and small businesses, Portal performs up to 300 times faster than a conventional consumer router and delivers three times lower latency. It uses congestion management technologies to access additional airwaves, also known as spectrum. Portal’s patent-pending technologies received special FCC certification to operate in the entire 5GHz spectrum, unlike other consumer routers.
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. SACNAS serves a community of over 20,000 and has 115 chapters nationwide.
About Ignition Design Labs
Silicon Valley-based Ignition Design Labs is a veteran team of wireless networking engineers developing radically new technologies at the heart of the next generation Internet of Things. Its flagship product, Portal, is an entirely new class of agile smart-learning router designed for demanding WiFi environments.