LAS VEGAS -
(BUSINESS WIRE) - Jan. 9, 2003 - SyChip, Inc., the leader in Radio Frequency Integration Circuits (RFIC) and
Chip Scale Modules (CSM) for the wireless Internet appliance market, today announced that Socket
Communications (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, will incorporate SyChip's
WLAN6060SDIO card design into its future WLAN Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) connectivity product for
Windows Powered Pocket PCs.
The SyChip design is the industry's first WLAN card to be based on the SDIO standard and is currently
undergoing testing by major handheld manufacturers. Socket will provide customers with a connectivity product
that combines SyChip's low-power WLAN SD card with Socket's Mobile WLAN Tools software, creating a solution
that is easy to install and use, as well as being dependable and secure with Socket's recently announced
support for the 802.1x standard.
"The combination of Socket's Mobile WLAN Tools along with our WLAN6060SDIO card, will deliver a secure,
easy-to-use, universal solution for Pocket PC customers and network administrators," said Moses Asom,
co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business development at SyChip. "As more and more
manufacturers adopt the SDIO standard, we believe this combined solution will become the 802.11b connection of
choice for devices with SDIO slots."
"The combination of BSQUARE's SDIO Now! system software technology, SyChip's WLAN6060SDIO card and Mobile WLAN
Tools from Socket Communications provides for a powerful wireless computing solution," said Mark Sage, Sr.
Product Manager at BSQUARE Corporation. "Through the SDIO Now! Program, Pocket PC device manufacturers
integrate the functionality that will enable them to offer their customers a new generation of wireless
"Windows Powered devices are among the most connected on the market, offering more options for communication
and accessing personal and corporate information real time," said Clark Butler, partner marketing manager for
Mobile Devices at Microsoft Corp. "The SyChip card combined with Socket software will further these native
connectivity options by enabling manufacturers to build a new generation of smaller, even more secure Windows
Powered devices with integrated high-speed wireless Internet capabilities."
"Smaller form-factor electronic products are driving the need to develop ever smaller peripherals, and our
partnership with SyChip enables Socket to bring wireless LAN access to SDIO-compatible devices," said Peter
Phillips, vice-president of marketing at Socket Communications. "This will allow mobile professionals to
connect their Pocket PCs, Smart phones and other handheld devices to the network easily while away from their
SyChip will demonstrate its SDIO card at the SD Card Pavilion, Booth #7442, in the Las Vegas Convention Center
during CES, from January 9-12. Initial products will be shipped by the end of the first quarter of 2003.
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