Agere Systems has announced a tiny 802.11g module that is custom-made for use in handheld devices.

Despite its size the unit supports wireless data transfers at 54Mbps and offers what the company describes as "exceptional range" – 100 metres. The 802.11g standard is the WiFi employed by Apple in its AirPort products (illustrated: AirPort Extreme Base Station).

Agere intends the device for use in PDAs, Smartphones, handheld video games and digital cameras and camcorders, for example. It measures just 20-x-29mm, so is easy to integrate into smaller units.

Agere will demonstrate the product at Computex 2004 between June 1-5 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Stan Swearingen, vice president of Agere's computing connectivity division said: "This new WiFi module delivers the true mobility elements consumer electronics developers care about most – power savings, small size, reliability and performance."

Apple is widely credited with helping kick-start WiFi adoption with its introduction of the original AirPort (based on 802.11b) in July 1999.