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DiBcom Launches New Very Low Power Mobile TV Receivers

TV reception using DVB-T and Full-SEG ISDB-T is now available on small battery powered devices


Paris, 10 September 2008: DiBcom, the leading provider of Mobile TV solutions, is pleased to announce two new products, the DIB9090 and DIB8090 which both support very low power mobile TV reception of DVB-T and ISDB-T 13SEG signals respectively. These chips also support the reception of DVB-H and ISDB-T 1SEG.


Historically, numerous countries have deployed DVB-T and ISDB-T Full-SEG for non mobile applications such as Home Digital TVs and Set Top Boxes/Digital Converters. Since June 2008, mobile phones using DiBcom chipsets have offered DVB-T reception in several European countries. In Japan, where 1SEG ISDB-T has been deployed on mobile phones, more than 30 Million units have already been sold and handset manufacturers are also starting to look at implementing reception of Full-SEG ISDB-T. This will enable them to offer high definition TV on large screen mobile phones.


However, DVB-T and Full-SEG ISDB-T currently use high level modulation schemes to transmit high bit-rate TV signals (Standard or High-Definition TV) making reception difficult in mobile conditions. The strong channel variations, the Doppler effect related to mobility and the adjacent channels are indeed much stronger when receiving high modulation signals compared to low bit-rate QVGA-size TV signals transmitted by DVB-H or ISDB-T 1SEG. DiBcom released the first Mobile TV DVB-T receivers for the automotive industry back in 2002. Yet it took another six years to reduce power consumption, size, and the number of discrete components to significantly low levels without compromising the high level performance that made DiBcom a leading Mobile TV reference.


The new generation of components like the DIB9090 and the DIB8090, has revolutionised the Mobile TV market by offering the highest performance at the lowest possible power consumption in all functional modes (for DVB-T and Full-SEG ISDB-T in particular). These new generation components draw on the successful features of their predecessors in addition to their small footprint. They therefore provide a very cost effective solution for DVB-T, DVB-H, Full-SEG and 1SEG ISDB-T Mobile TV reception on battery-powered devices. While others claim to provide low power solutions, their disappointing performance makes them unsuitable for DVB-T or Full-SEG ISDB-T reception. High linearity tuners as well as advanced signal processing algorithms implemented on smaller silicon geometries are vital for this performance vs. power trade-off.


“We are very pleased to see handsets implementing both DVB-T and DVB-H on the same platforms”, says Yannick Levy, CEO of DiBcom. “DVB-T based Free-To-Air TV signals are broadcast in many countries today, thus making it very attractive for consumers to try out TV reception on handhelds. Once users are hooked, they will demand more content and better coverage. In this way, they are more likely to subscribe to DVB-H services and watch more content on 3G. Handset manufacturers now see a real opportunity to create higher volumes compared to the levels that DVB-H only devices can achieve. This new feature is therefore a very attractive one to differentiate their products.”


A demo of the new DiBcom chips and many commercial products using DiBcom solutions will be shown in the DiBcom booth (A41, Hall 3) at IBC from September 12th to 16th.


About DiBcom

DiBcom is at the heart of mobile TV. As a fabless semiconductor company that designs high-performance chipsets, DiBcom enables low-power mobile and portable TV reception everywhere and at speeds exceeding 200 km/h. The company’s solutions are used in automotive, PC/peripheral, mobile phones and other handheld devices. DiBcom has extensive experience solving real-world mobile digital terrestrial television (DTT) reception problems and has overcome the main technological barriers to high-quality service. The company has developed a number of patented algorithms and architectures for fast and accurate channel estimation and high Doppler compensation. Its chipsets are compliant with the current worldwide Digital Video Broadcast standards DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-SH, T-DMB and ISDB-T.


For more information, please visit www.dibcom.com


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Agito Networks to Premiere Next Generation of Enterprise-Grade Mobile Convergence Products at Mobile Business Expo 2008

VP of Marketing and Co-Founder Pejman Roshan to Present on “Convergence – Or Not” Panel for Better Understanding of Mobile Convergence Options and Advantages for Enterprises


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced it will unveil and demonstrate publicly for the first time the next-generation version of its RoamAnywhere Mobility Router at Mobile Business Expo (MBX) 2008 in its booth No. 810.  The event takes place at the Javits Convention Center in New York, and runs from Sept. 16 – 19.


Agito’s award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing cellular costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  Industry firsts in Agito’s new enterprise mobility release on display at Interop NY/MBX next week include Secure Remote Voice for secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN), Dual Persona for converged enterprise and personal functionality on a single device, advances in Dynamic Least Cost Routing for further cellular cost savings, and the broadest PBX and Nokia/Windows Mobile handset support available.


Agito Networks uniquely fuses Wi-Fi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs.  RoamAnywhere uses the industry’s most complete set of proactive, location- and policy-based metrics, in addition to simplistic reactive metrics, to deliver fast and automatic, sub-100ms handover of mobile voice between WLAN and cellular networks.  Other solutions rely solely on reactive, “call-in-distress” metrics, such as diminishing signal strength and degrading voice quality, waiting for the call to degrade before attempting a handover.  RoamAnywhere adds proactive metrics, including location- and policy-based metrics, such as handset battery levels and network costs, into its handover decisions, delivering the best mobile voice experience for users.


“Over the past year we have seen dramatic developments in the enterprise mobility and fixed mobile convergence (FMC) marketplace, and a rising adoption from enterprises,” said General Manager of Mobile Business Expo Steve Wylie.  “Mobile convergence is a central theme of the expo this year, and we’re pleased Agito selected our event to unveil the next-generation release of RoamAnywhere, publicly debuting the product’s enhancements for conference attendees.”


During the event, wireless expert and Agito Networks VP of Marketing Pejman Roshan will present on the event’s “Convergence – Or Not” panel on Thurs., Sept. 18, at 10:15 am EDT.  The session will explore the advantages of various FMC approaches, and the best options available for enterprise IT and telecom managers’ specific environments and requirements.


Also, Sandeep Rangarajan, senior product line manager at Agito Networks, will present “Is Fixed Mobile Convergence Ready for the Enterprise?” in the Market Leaders Track on Weds., Sept. 17, at 4 pm EDT in the exhibition hall theater.  Attendees will learn about enterprise-ready technology that provides mobile workers with productivity gains by mobilizing voice and data applications, while enabling IT to retain control over costs, mobile service, and mobile users.


Mr. Roshan has more than 17 years of wireless expertise and an extensive track record.  Prior to co-founding Agito Networks, Mr. Roshan was Product Line Manager in the Cisco Systems Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU), responsible for software, security, voice and WLAN management products.  Roshan joined Cisco’s WNBU just after its acquisition of Aironet in 2000, helping drive Cisco’s wireless market leadership position.  Before that, Mr. Roshan spent eight years as a network engineer and architect, designing and deploying large-scale networks for companies such as Cisco Systems and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).  Mr. Roshan’s accomplishments include participation in the IEEE 802.11 task groups responsible for security (802.11i) and QoS (802.11e); co-authoring the book 802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals, published by the Cisco Press in 2004; as well as publishing numerous wireless security and wireless voice white papers.  He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly University.


Mr. Rangarajan has more than 12 years of experience in the networking industry.  Previously, he held senior Engineering and Product Management positions at Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), largely responsible for the client-server proxy, VPN engineering and product management efforts for its SSL VPN product line.  Prior to joining Neoteris, Mr. Rangarajan was a senior systems engineering and field specialist at Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel Networks), responsible for leading the western region pre-sales technical designs and implementations.  Prior to that, Mr. Rangarajan was part of the core development team within the Cisco IOS/ENA Technologies Division.  He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Santa Clara University.


About Mobile Business ExpoMobile Business Expo integrates the business strategies, technologies, tools and corporate issues necessary to build an end-to-end mobile strategy and manage a mobile workforce.  Mobile Business Expo is targeted toward IT professionals, business managers and channel professionals who are focused on leveraging wireless technologies and looking to integrate the disciplines, technologies and vendors involved in the enterprise mobility equation.  Mobile Business Expo will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Sept. 16 – 19.  For more information about the event, please visit www.mobilebusinessexpo.com. 


About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Agito Networks Releases Next Generation of Enterprise-Grade Mobile Convergence Products for Enhanced Enterprise Mobile Voice

Secure Remote Voice, Broadest Support for Handsets and PBXs Among Capabilities in New Release of Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router Improving Enterprise Voice for Mobile Workers


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced the availability of the next-generation version of its award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router.  The RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing cellular costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).


Agito Networks uniquely fuses Wi-Fi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs.  RoamAnywhere uses the industry’s most complete set of proactive, location- and policy-based metrics, in addition to simplistic reactive metrics, to deliver fast and automatic, sub-100ms handover of mobile voice between WLAN and cellular networks.  Other solutions rely solely on reactive, “call-in-distress” metrics, such as diminishing signal strength and degrading voice quality, waiting for the call to degrade before attempting a handover.  RoamAnywhere adds proactive metrics, including location- and policy-based metrics, such as handset battery levels and network costs, into its handover decisions, delivering the best mobile voice experience for users.


According to Gartner, Inc., “The concept of FMC/mobile UC (Unified Communications) is gaining interest rapidly, as companies strategically assess enterprise telephony as the upgrade cycle of Internet Protocol (IP) telephony.  Moreover, as Wi-Fi was implemented into the enterprise, and Wi-Fi on phones began to appear, the idea of mobile UC grew, using Wi-Fi for voice to fill in where cellular lacked coverage.”1


Agito’s new RoamAnywhere release introduces Secure Remote Voice, a first-of-its-kind capability that addresses the challenges of poor cellular coverage outside the enterprise by delivering a secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) connection from Wi-Fi networks in homes, hotels and public hotspots.   While other solutions send VoIP traffic unencrypted over the Internet, the RoamAnywhere client uses an application-layer SSL connection to secure VoWLAN from non-enterprise networks.  Users can now realize the enhanced coverage and cellular cost savings that VoWLAN provides, in addition to the increased responsiveness of having enterprise PBX connectivity, in a simple-to-use, secure solution.  Secure Remote Voice supports all of Agito’s industry-leading capabilities remotely, including sub-100ms secure handover between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and access to corporate directories – all without a cellular data plan, which other solutions require.


“Here at St. John’s Hospital, our physicians and staff need to be accessible from one device and one number in all areas of the hospital, including areas which have no cell coverage or are restricted from cell phone use,” said Bill Halpin, Sr. Network Engineer at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Ill.  “Our use of Agito’s mobility and handoff between cellular and Wi-Fi is going well, and our users are impressed.  We like Agito for many reasons, including having the broad choice of mobile devices it supports, such as Nokia and Windows Mobile phones.  The other systems we looked at require us to use one specific phone.”


 Unique in the industry, RoamAnywhere now offers a “Dual Persona” capability.  With most solutions, users are forced to abandon their cellular number in favor of their enterprise number.  Agito’s Dual Persona enables users to benefit from a converged mobile experience for business and personal communications, preserving the enterprise number for business calls and the cellular number for personal calls.  Users can mark contacts as personal or set the device to personal mode, so personal calls automatically route over the cellular network using the device’s cellular number.  Agito simplifies the user experience by providing a converged interface on one device for enterprise and personal dialing, contacts access, and voicemail access.  Users now have the flexibility to use this device for personal calls, and the enterprise benefits by minimizing costs related to personal minutes routing over the enterprise network. 


“We are interested in Agito’s new release, including its new dual persona features,” added St. John’s Hospital’s Halpin.  “We like the idea of users making personal calls in personal mode on the cell network, and not routing those calls through the PBX.  With the Agito solution, we now have a system that does not require users to carry a pager, PDA and cell phone, by converging business and personal communications on a single device.  In addition to improving productivity and reducing response times due to increased accessibility of physicians and staff, it will help us consolidate our expenses because we no longer will have to issue and support all those devices.”


 Agito’s new release offers the broadest handset and PBX support of any solution in the space.  RoamAnywhere has qualified support for more than 30 different types of handsets running the Symbian S60 Series and Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional operating systems.  Agito’s mobility router offers native line-side support for Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft, Nortel and Asterisk IP-PBXs.  Unlike other eFMC solutions that require enterprises to tamper with their enterprise route plans and desk phones during deployment, Agito, with its line-side capabilities, integrates seamlessly into existing customer networks, requiring no changes to the ecosystem.   


According to Gartner, Inc., “This is where vendor-neutral, device-oriented mobile UC vendors are finding some success, because many large corporations haven’t standardized on a single IP PBX vendor globally, and are looking at vendor-neutral systems.”1


 Continuing to innovate in cellular least cost routing, RoamAnywhere also now offers Dynamic Least Cost Routing.  Dynamic Least Cost Routing uses patent-pending algorithms to determine how best to route cellular calls, enterprise calls and international calls, allowing enterprises to realize significant savings.  For global workforces, RoamAnywhere intelligently re-directs international calls through the enterprise PBX with no user involvement, reducing international charges by a factor of 10 or more.  According to research published by Harris Interactive Inc., international roaming fees can cost U.S. businesses up to 12 times more than the average monthly wireless bill.2  For in-building “corridor warriors” and telecommuters, the Mobility Router intelligently routes business calls through high-quality home, hotspot or enterprise Wi-Fi networks, off-loading mobile minutes from cellular to the WLAN. 


“While the initial version of Agito’s RoamAnywhere set the stage for enterprise FMC, as validated by its customer traction and industry accolades, this latest release makes available what enterprises have been requiring in a mobility product for years,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing and the company’s co-founder.  “Enterprises have tried dabbling in mobile convergence, and are now serious about wide deployments to best enable their growing mobile populations.  Through the technology breakthroughs of our latest release, RoamAnywhere delivers robust enterprise convergence to best mobilize enterprises’ unified communications and voice applications inside and outside the enterprise, while meeting the complex requirements of enterprises.”


 Pricing and Availability


Pricing for the RoamAnywhere solution starts at approximately $9,995 for the 2000 Series and $27,495 for the 4000 Series.  It is available today directly and through leading channel partners.  Contact Agito Networks at http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Note 1 – Gartner, Inc., “Mobility Drives Unified Communications Adoption and Wireline Replacement,” Phillip Redman, July 8, 2008.


Note 2 – Mobile Enterprise, “$693: Average Spent on International Roaming Charges,” Jan. 23, 2008.


Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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AiDi appoints Dr. Katsunari Okamoto as CTO

AiDi Corporation has announced that Katsunari Okamoto has joined its executive management team as Chief Technology Officer. Most recently, Dr. Okamoto served as President of Okamoto Laboratory Ltd., an R&D consulting company specializing in planar lightwave circuits, and Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis.


Dr. Okamoto brings with him over 30 years of experience in the field of fiber optics, including 26 years at NTT where he served as Director of Okamoto Research Laboratory in NTT Photonics Laboratories. During his time at NTT, he has engaged in research and development of the transmission characteristics of various fibers including PANDA fibers, fiber optic components, AWGs, integrated optic add/drop multiplexers and proposed the idea of dispersion-flattened fibers (DFF). He is a fellow of IEEE and a research fellow of NTT Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group and has also taught and performed research at Southampton University and University of Tokyo with Dr. D.N. Payne and Prof. E.A.J. Marcatili from AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Okamoto has published more than 260 papers in technical journals and international conferences. He has also authored and co-authored 8 books, including “Fundamentals of Optical Waveguides,” published by Academic Press.


“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Okamoto to our executive management team,” says Kenzo Ishida, President & CEO of AiDi Corporation. “Dr. Okamoto has been a pioneer in the field of optical waveguide/PLC and his strong research background will accelerate the growth of our technology portfolio and product lines.”


About AiDi Corporation


AiDi Corporation is a global company that offers innovative, high-value, Passive Optical Network (PON) products and service. AiDi leads the way to expanding optical network markets and deployments through improved network efficiency and economics. AiDi has exceptional technical leadership in the industry, providing customers with advanced networking options at a lower total cost of ownership. PON components from AiDi are remarkably well suited for harsh environments, as well as highly populated urban centers. All AiDi products are carefully engineered and manufactured to exceed industry standards, resulting in a higher standard for durability and a longer lifetime in the field. The company is privately held, founded by industry pioneers with several U.S. and International Patents Pending. AiDi headquarters is in Japan, with independent operating subsidiaries in China and the United States. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.aidicorp.com

Contact: Erina Ishida, Corporate Communications, AiDi USA, Inc., erina.ishida@aidicorp.com, 1250 45th Street, Suite 355, Emeryville, CA 94608

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Multiconn and DiBcom partner to offer an enhanced in-car TV receiver

Paris: DiBcom, the leading provider of Mobile TV solutions, is pleased to announce that the Italian company MTC Multiconn s.r.l. will be the first to implement DiBcom’s “diversity-4” technology in their in-car digital TV receiver.


Receiving digital TV in a car travelling at high speeds requires advanced technology to ensure reliable and constant picture quality. In order to achieve the best results in the most demanding environments, DiBcom has introduced the MRC (Maximum Ratio Combining) diversity technology, which is a smart way to combine the digital TV signals received via 2 (or more) different antennas.


Multiconn is the first company to launch a ready-to-install in-car receiver using DiBcom’s “diversity-4” MRC technology. Individual antennas attached to four opposite car windows are connected to DiBcom’s DIB7070-M chips that integrate a VHF-UHF tuner along with a DVB-T/H demodulator.


The high integration of DiBcom’s chips has allowed Multiconn to create a very compact device, which can be easily dissimulated within the vehicle. In addition, the Multiconn in-car receiver features an automatic background scan thanks to 2 additional DIB7070-M chips. The Diversity Auto Scan (DAS) technology, developed by Multiconn, automatically locates and maintains the strongest TV signal found in the area, therefore delivering the best possible reception. The software application on the device also makes the system extremely user friendly: instead of having to manually scan for new programmes when out of the transmitter coverage area, the list of TV programmes available is automatically updated in real time throughout the journey.


“In countries such as Spain, Italy, France and Sweden, the use of DVB-T modulation modes in 64QAM impair reception in the mobile environment. Implementations and field tests have shown that using “diversity-4” (4 antennas) in these countries drastically increases the reliability of digital TV reception, enabling comfortable in-car use,” said Pascal Prost, Director of Product Marketing at DiBcom. “We are extremely pleased that a leading company like Multiconn is integrating DiBcom’s technology to provide innovative solutions and enhance Mobile TV accessibility throughout Europe.”


“The launch of this new auto-scanning and DAS system will enable us to raise the standard of in-car digital TV and we are very proud to be working alongside an industry pioneer and leader such as DiBcom on this exciting project,” said Luca Bacilieri, Multiconn’s CEO.


A demo of the Multiconn DAS system will be shown in the DiBcom booth A41, Hall3 at IBC from Sept. 12th to Sept. 16th.


About DiBcom

DiBcom is at the heart of mobile TV. As a fabless semiconductor company that designs high-performance chipsets, DiBcom enables low-power mobile and portable TV reception everywhere and at speeds exceeding 200 km/h. The company’s solutions are used in automotive, PC/peripheral, mobile phones and other handheld devices. DiBcom has extensive experience solving real-world mobile digital terrestrial television (DTT) reception problems and has overcome the main technological barriers to high-quality service. The company has developed a number of patented algorithms and architectures for fast and accurate channel estimation and high Doppler compensation. Its chipsets are compliant with the current worldwide Digital Video Broadcast standards DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-SH, T-DMB and ISDB-T.


For more information, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.dibcom.com” www.dibcom.com


About Multiconn

Multiconn is a leading company in the production and trade of connectors and components for harnesses. By being aware of the needs of national and international markets, the company has become specialised in the study, the development, the production and trade of electrical connection devices and the manufacture of high quality leads. In this way, they are able to offer multiple solutions for different fields of application like the automotive, audiovisual and electronics industries. Their international links with associates in both Europe and the Far-East allow them to operate in the market in a systematic way, satisfying even the most specific demands. Their Taiwan office is ISO9001 certified and has its own R&D department which works in tandem with its European counterpart. It offers a range of design and manufacturing capabilities, including product design, material sourcing and post production material support.


For more information, please visit www.multiconn.it


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Wavesat to Boost 4G Options in China and Taiwan

Wavesat Announces Distribution Agreement with DigiPro to Deliver 4G Solutions in China and Taiwan


Leader in Broadband Wireless Solutions Expands Presence to Meet Market Demand for Odyssey 8500â„¢ Multimode Chipset


Telecom Asia, Bangkok, September 3, 2008 – Wavesat, a leading supplier of Broadband Wireless semiconductor solutions, today announced a distribution agreement with DigiPro Technology Ltd. to meet the growing demand for Wavesat’s Odyssey 8500â„¢ chipset and reference designs in China and Taiwan. DigiPro will expand the Company’s presence in the region while complementing existing channel relationships.


Wavesat has seen impressive gains in the Asian region over the past year, including recent agreements with the Japanese operator Willcom and Taiwanese ODM Compal. DigiPro will help Wavesat build on this momentum.


“DigiPro has excellent penetration with ‘Tier One’ manufacturers in wireless networking markets, including WiMAX and WiFi, as well as major PC and portable consumer electronics suppliers. They also have both the business reach and the technical bench strength to help increase our market presence in this major wireless ecosystem region,” said Raj Singh, President and CEO, Wavesat. “This partnership will strengthen our presence and augment our channel opportunities, with increased local support for existing and future customers.”


“We believe Wavesat’s multimode Odyssey 8500 chip is a superior broadband technology and will allow regional OEMs, ODMs, carriers and end customers to realize the promise of 4G communications,” said Jason Wu, President, DigiPro. “Our strong engineering focus and local support combined with Wavesat’s Odyssey portfolio offers the right solution of performance, power and cost to consumer device manufactures throughout the region.”


About the Odyssey 8500â„¢ Chipset

The Odyssey 8500 chipset from Wavesat is powered by a unique 4G multi-core architecture incorporating multiple ultra low power DSPs, offering flexibility, high performance and low power consumption, without any tradeoff. The SOC manufactured using advanced Embedded DRAM technology requires no external memory, thus saving customers valuable real estate, cost and power consumption for very small form-factor portable and mobile applications such as wireless USB dongle, mobile handsets and other consumer electronic devices.


About DigiPro

DigiPro is a professional semiconductor and electronic component distribution company in the Asia Pacific region, specialized in design-in oriented products. Our sales network covers Taiwan, Hong Kong and China in various application areas including PC, Wireless, Consumer, Communications and Multimedia. For more information, please visit www.digipro-tech.com


About Wavesat

Wavesat is a global leader in mobile broadband, providing advanced semiconductor solutions to the world’s leading carrier and mobile device manufacturers to deploy future-proof broadband services and products. With award winning technology, Wavesat delivers silicon that enables customers to deploy multiple Broadband Wireless technologies such as WiMAX Wave2, WiFi, and XG-PHS today and to migrate seamlessly to future 4G technologies such as LTE. Wavesat is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum®. For more information, please visit www.wavesat.com.


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NeoPhotonics #1 Supplier to Huawei for 1H 2008

NeoPhotonics Is Top Optical Component Supplier To Huawei

For The First Half Of 2008


40 Percent YOY Sales Growth Establishes NeoPhotonics as a Top Supplier to the World’s Fastest Growing Manufacturer of Telecommunications Network Gear


Shenzhen – September 2, 2008 – NeoPhotonics today announced in conjunction with the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) that sales figures from 2006 through 2Q 2008 have established the company as a top supplier of optical components — for fiber access, metro and long-haul optical network equipment — to Huawei, one of the world’s largest suppliers of telecommunications network equipment (Huawei reported contract sales of US $16 billion in 2007).


NeoPhotonics provides a broad spectrum of active and passive optical components, modules and subsystems, including SONET/SDH, GPON and GEPON transceivers, Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) DWDM Multiplexer/Demultiplexers, VOA Multiplexers and Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM), and Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) VOAs and Modules. Huawei uses NeoPhotonics products in their OptiX metro and long haul systems and in their FTTx-ODN access solutions.


“While Huawei does not officially report purchasing figures from their suppliers, we have been informed that Huawei purchased more optical components from NeoPhotonics than any other supplier in the first half of 2008,” stated Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We are very pleased to achieve this level of recognition at Huawei given Huawei’s extremely rapid growth and world wide success. We feel that NeoPhotonics has become a trusted supplier to Huawei due to our high volume manufacturing and shipping operations in Shenzhen, our high quality and our advanced technology.”


“NeoPhotonics has located the bulk of its manufacturing infrastructure and a significant portion of its development engineering resources here in Shenzhen, and we have made serving Shenzhen based telecom system companies like Huawei a strong priority,” stated Ping Xie, General Manager of NeoPhotonics China. “We have watched Huawei’s spectacular growth on the international stage with admiration, and we are determined to continue to meet Huawei’s needs for advanced higher performance optical components.”


NeoPhotonics is showcasing here at CIOE, in booth A811, the industry’s most complete portfolio of MEMS and PLC based optical solutions, as well as NeoPhotonics® extensive portfolio of GPON and GEPON transceivers for FTTH applications and its broad line of telecom transceiver products in SFF, SFP and XFP form factors.


About NeoPhotonics


NeoPhotonics Corporation is a leading developer and vertically integrated manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based components, modules and subsystems for use in telecommunications networks. Our products include active semiconductor, passive PLC and MEMS multi-dimensional switching functions in a single product. This integration is enabled by integration, nanomaterials and nanoscale design and fabrication technologies. Backed by leading venture capital firms and institutional investors, NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China.


NeoPhotonics is a registered trademark and the red dot logo is a trademark of NeoPhotonics Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.


www.neophotonics.com


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