New Orleans, LA (CTIA)-March 17, 2003, Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC) a subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation and a U.S. leader in CDMA (code division multiple access) handset technology, (NASDAQ: VOXX) and AirPrime, Inc, a leading provider of CDMA wireless access solutions for the OEM market, today unveiled the new PC3220 wireless PC card for CDMA2000 1x networks in North America. Designed and developed by AirPrime, the dual-band, high-speed Type II PC Card will be introduced for the first time by both companies at the Cellular, Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) trade show in New Orleans this week (Audiovox booth No. 4045). Bearing the Audiovox trusted brand name, the PC3220 will be available to ACC customers and partners in Q2 2003 under various products names, including the Audiovox 1xMC PC Card. The PC3220 is ideal for distribution to CDMA network operators and mobile Internet service providers who want to offer their customers a wireless solution optimized for high-speed mobile access and data services.
The PC3220, the latest addition to ACC's line of mobile Internet devices, offers ACC's customers and service provider partners a compelling and competitive wireless access solution to bring to market. AirPrime's advanced PC3220, part of the PC3200 series of wireless 3G PC card modems, leverages CDMA2000 1x networks in North America. The PC3220 model utilizes the QUALCOMM MSM5100 baseband chip, enabling users to realize the highest possible throughput in both send and receive modes for email and Internet browsing. Supporting bi-directional data rates of up to 153 Kbps, the dual band PC card is designed for operation in the 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS bands. Features include a patent-pending, proprietary antenna design that maximizes data rate transfer speeds, sensitivity and overall power efficiency as well as a standard 32-bit CardBus electrical interface for platform interoperability and extended battery life for notebook computers.
Joining forces to distribute advanced CDMA2000 1X products enable both partners to strengthen their leadership positions in the 3G arena. The partnership, already in place, draws on the key competencies of the two companies and includes provisions for continued collaboration to bring additional high-quality and competitive 3G CDMA wireless access products to market. Audiovox's leading position as a global player in the consumer market coupled with their successful channel relationships perfectly match AirPrime's intimate knowledge and proven outstanding expertise in designing and delivering innovative 3G products and solutions to market.
"We are confident that our partnership with AirPrime will bring tremendous benefits to our CDMA customers," said Philip Christopher, president and CEO of Audiovox Communication Corporation. "AirPrime's world-class engineering and development team offer many benefits that facilitate realization of our vision to extend our CDMA product portfolio and solidify our position as a U.S. CDMA product sales leader. Further, AirPrime's industry reputation for high-quality hardware, innovative software and strong carrier relationships map perfectly with our ability to provide enterprising products to our channel partners."
"Audiovox has long been a leader in the wireless terminal marketplace and their confidence in AirPrime is driven by our proven ability to accelerate the integration and product development process from product definition and development through certification and commercialization," said Jim Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of AirPrime. "The adoption of the PC3220 into ACC's product line reaffirms our strong market position and ability to consistently exceed customer and industry expectations with leading-edge terminal solutions. " This collaboration and new product offering is in response to the astounding increase of CDMA2000 1X subscribers worldwide and the steady rise of mobile Internet users. Boasting a 31% increase over the past year, there were over 24 million CDMA2000 1X subscribers, as reported by the CDMA Development Group in the third quarter of 2002.