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25th November 1999, Paris, France
Alcatel to supply Wireless Local Loop systems to China

25th November 1999, Paris, France
Alcatel to supply Wireless Local Loop systems to China
Alcatel has recently been awarded by the Post & Telecommunication Administration (PTA) of Hubei province a USD 20 million contract (EUR 19 million) to supply fixed wireless access systems. The agreement covers 12 of the province’s 14 prefectures.

Alcatel will supply point-to-multipoint microwave systems with DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology, which will allow to offer high quality phone services to local subscribers, through more than 330 radio repeater stations. Moreover, the systems fully support high-speed access - up to 56 Kbit/s - to data and the Internet.

Alcatel’s EVOLIUMTM WLL (Wireless Local Loop) combines DECT technology with a digital microwave point-to-multipoint system. The key advantages for this solution are its fast and easy deployment as well as the gradual investment the operator needs to make.

Alcatel’s DECT technology allows the access to the subscribers within a 16 km long distance from the base station, with enough capacity to provide high quality phone service and data transmission speeds up to 56 Kbit/s. It enables the mass installation of subscribers without any frequency planning. This is of particular significance when the network development requires various installation phases.

Alcatel’s WLL solution is regarded as a cost-effective fixed wireless access technology both rural and highly populated areas. In early 1998, Alcatel signed the first major WLL contract in China to supply 100,000 wireless access lines to the country’s most populated province - Sichuan.

To date, Alcatel has installed or on-order more than 1.6 million wireless lines worldwide. The company has implemented major wireless projects in countries like China, South Africa, Poland, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan and Argentina, among others.

Press contact:  Olivier Le Friec,  Tel : +33 (0)1 40 76 11 79

9th November 1999, Stockholm, Sweden
Trety Ltd Launches the world’s first DECT POCKET Phone MDT-2000
9th November 1999, Stockholm, Sweden
Trety Ltd Launches the world’s first DECT POCKET Phone MDT-2000
, Stockholm, Sweden
Trety Ltd Launches the world’s first DECT POCKET Phone MDT-2000

The MDT-2000 is the second series of product in the Millennium portfolio.   The product is very compact and lightweight, ideal for customers to place in their shirt pocket or on their belt clip.  The product is 100% operated with hands-free solution with the hook switch integrated on the wire.

The product will be launched in two models whereof the high end model has a display (2 x 14 graphic display) and the entry version is without display.

The high end model (MDT-2000D) supports caller-ID, e-mail and voice notification and has a 50 number phonebook.  The user operates the handset via a menu controlled user interface

Type Approval will be finalised in January and first customer deliveries will occur in April.

Models in the series:
* MDT-2000 (Entry version)
* MDT-2000D (Display version)
* MDT-2000C (Centrex version)

Contact: Jan-Ake Lindqvist, General manager Marketing, Trey Ltd
Tel: +46 8 761 0360

8th November 1999, Noerresundby, Denmark
RTX Telecom A/S Enters Development of GSM and CDMA Technology

RTX Telecom will over the next two years build up all necessary core know-how for development and industrialisation of GSM and CDMA terminals.

The development will concentrate on a GSM platform with multislot radio-capabilities including GPRS packet data and a dual-band/dual-mode IS-95/IS-707 CDMA platform, which can be scaled to the Korean and Japanese variants of CDMA.  Both platforms are targeted to be state-of-the-art at launch date and are based on an intensive study of best practice in the industry. Having both GSM and CDMA platforms RTX will be able to deliver customers cellular and PCS technology with a worldwide footprint enabling customers to make state-of-the-art products which can be used all over the world - a crucial point for the success of many wireless products.

RTX is convinced that the GSM and CDMA markets hold a huge potential for growth.  RTX is also convinced that many new market players will enter both the GSM and CDMA marketplace during the next 1-4 years.  These players will partly consist of new innovative handset suppliers but as well players who see a benefit in adding GSM and CDMA access technology to their products.  An enabling factor for the widespread usage of data access in GSM and CDMA will require turnkey platforms for integration in current and future products.  Both customer groups are the traditional core customers for RTX.

Finally RTX is convinced GSM and CDMA technologies are so mature that platforms can be developed which can be produced in factories without experience in radio frequency electronics.  This will enable a widespread use of GSM and CDMA technology in new innovative products requiring wireless access.

The development of the two 2nd generation platforms will as well enable RTX to enter the 3rd generation W-CDMA market when it is rolled out worldwide.  RTX is convinced widespread product availability is crucial for the success of W-CDMA and a pre-requisite will be access to turnkey W-CDMA platforms.  The inclusion of GSM and CDMA in the RTX product portfolio is a natural step for RTX.

RTX is the world leading independent supplier of DECT turnkey technology and will soon be so in Bluetooth and ISDN technology, where the first contracts has already been signed.  This means RTX covers the cordless and pico-cell environments with effective and easy to manufacture solutions. Entering GSM and CDMA will make RTX the only independent turnkey supplier in the world mastering all the main wireless access standards.

RTX is also proud to announce that the GSM and CDMA platform development will be headed by Klaus Ahlbeck, currently R&D Director for mobile phones at Bosch Telecom A/S.   Klaus Ahlbeck has also previously been engineering manager at RTX and has as R&D Director at Bosch managed the development of a range of new innovative and successful GSM products, which have created international attention. Klaus Ahlbeck has a long experience in platform and product developments and has an in-depth understanding of the needs of wireless industry.

During year 2000 RTX is planning to hire 50 GSM and CDMA engineers, which together with the huge engineering talent in RTX will develop the two platforms.

The biggest asset of RTX is the loyalty of the employees.   Therefore RTX is focused on hiring the best engineers and especially make sure they have ideal conditions matching their ambitions and keeping them in the company over a long period.   A very competitive benefit package has been created to make this reality.

RTX has since 1993 with great success specialised in turnkey product development for leading companies worldwide.   RTX is taking the customers idea and together with the customer RTX develops a state of the art product ready for mass production at the customer's factory.  RTX have more than 100 employees with more than 800 manyears of experience in wireless technologies all the way from conceptual ideas to mass production.

11th October 1999, Sydney, Australia
Telstra / Wavelink Contract Paves Way for further Growth

A contract that authorises Telstra to install, maintain and provide technical support for Wavelink’s DECT PABX adjunct products has been finalised between Wavelink Communications and Telstra Corporation. The agreement is an important milestone in Wavelink’s ongoing push to be a leading supplier of digital wireless telephone solutions to organisations throughout Australia.

Agreement between the two organisations was reached following evaluation of the KIRK dect-z 1500 PABX adjunct wireless system by Telstra’s PABX National Service Centre in Melbourne.

The dect-Z 1500 is a product of leading Danish telecommunications supplier, Kirk Telecom. Supporting up to 128 wireless extensions and 32 radio base stations, the system can be simply connected to any PABX via analogue ports. The system provides wireless telephone capability to large space work environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels and warehouses. Seamless handover of conversations on the move are provided via a network of base stations operating in a similar way to a mini cellular network.

The contract enables Telstra to provide authorised installation, maintenance and support services on a national basis. Telstra PABX Service Product Manager, Sean White, noted "The Kirk DECT product is complementary to our existing PABX install and maintenance activities and allows us to provide a wider service offering to our customer base".

In announcing the agreement, Wavelink Managing Director, Dr Paul Keswick stated "This provides Wavelink with the ability to win major multi-site corporate customers in any of our target industry sectors. The agreement with Telstra means that we can provide our customers with the consistently high levels of technical competence and support our product requires across the nation, irrespective if the customer is located in Brisbane, Broome or Broken Hill."

Founded in early 1998, Wavelink Communications specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge digital wireless telephone systems and associated products that provide cost effective business solutions to Australian organisations. With offices established in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Wavelink is the exclusive Australian distributor for a range of products from Kirk Telecom A/S (Denmark) and Hagenuk GmbH (Germany).

For more details, contact Wavelink Communications
Jonathan Ordman,  Tel: (02) 9388-9862,   Fax: (02) 9388-9873

9th October 1999, Geneva, Switzerland  (Telecom 99)
Something new from the DECT classic: More freedom, more security, more individuality.
Gigaset 3000 ensures greater variety with digital cordless phones

The world’s most successful digital cordless phone, the Siemens Gigaset, is now appearing on the market with a wide range of new models. The choice includes various base stations with or without integrated answering machine, for both the analog network and the ISDN interface, and three different handsets ("Classic", "Comfort", "Mobile") that will satisfy the widest range of requirements in terms of dimensions and equipment features. This offer will be expanded early next year to include the ultra lightweight "Micro" handset.

Gigaset 3000 employs the tried-and-tested DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) system; this ensures maximum mobility as well as the highest level of sound quality and security against eavesdropping. Offering over 240 different base station/handset combinations, the Gigaset 3000 family can be individually adapted to suit the widest range of requirements. Its modern design is reinforced by the new colors ‘midnight blue’ and ‘silver gray’.

The Gigaset 3000 family is not only intended for private customers; it is also designed for professional applications especially in the Small Office/Home Office sector. The Gigaset 3035isdn, Gigaset 3060isdn and Gigaset 3060isdn Comfort models were developed for the Euro ISDN basic rate access. They offer all the advantages of Euro ISDN and can all be integrated in ISDN PBXs. It is possible for two analog units (fax and answering machine, for instance) and up to eight handsets to be logged on to a base station.

Speech quality and immunity to eavesdropping have been optimized in the new Gigasets. New equipment features also guarantee users even greater freedom of movement without compromising on sound quality. Handsfree talking is a feature offered by Gigaset 3000 Comfort, for instance.

Gigaset 3000 also helps reduce charges. Thanks to the new call-by-call function, users can at any time combine a stored number with the cheapest network and benefit from differences in carriers’ prices.

For more details please contact:
Christiane Bogdoll, Public Relations Communication Devices, Tel. +49 89 722 48998; Fax -45157

20th September, 1999, Noerresundby, Denmark
RTX Telecom Announces Third FCC Approval for its MARS Technology in the USA
20th September, 1999, Noerresundby, Denmark
RTX Telecom Announces Third FCC Approval for its MARS Technology in the USA
20th September, 1999, Noerresundby, Denmark
RTX Telecom Announces Third FCC Approval for its MARS Technology in the USA
20th September, 1999, Noerresundby, Denmark
RTX Telecom Announces Third FCC Approval for its MARS Technology in the USA

MARS is the RTX Telecom title for the development of 2.4 GHz wireless technology products for the Industrial, Scientific and Medical  (2400-2483 Mhz) Frequency Band.   MARS is using 79 RF channels and is based on fast frequency hopping.  The frame format is based on the DECT standard, but modified for 79 RF carriers.  The frequency hopping method is developed to provide optimal performance and connection quality in environments with different types of interference (slow hopping, fast hopping, continuous wave) .  The interference avoidance algorithm is very robust and displays a very high immunity to interferers.    A high traffic capacity is obtained by a high bit rate implementation and the use of 10 timeslots. 

Some of the technology highlights:
* MARS is running high bit rate to secure higher traffic capacity
* MARS uses 10 timeslots
* MARS has a very robust interference avoidance algorithm
* MARS has antenna diversity
* MARS is supporting multicell systems
* MARS has an optimised audio muting algorithm

The MARS product application portfolio includes, but are not limited to:
* 1- and 2-line residential phone
* 2-, 4- and 8-line SOHO systems (PABX)
* Wireless data transfer
* WRS wireless relay station (repeater) available as an OEM product

To this date RTX has obtained 3 FCC approvals for MARS products.


16th September, 1999, Paris, France
Telecom Argentina and Alcatel sign USD100m Contract for Advanced fixed WLL Services

Telecom Argentina has selected Alcatel to supply a Fixed Wireless Access telephone network on a turnkey basis. The contract is valued at USD 100 million.

The wireless network will provide high quality digital services (voice, data, ISDN and high speed Internet) in the 3.5 GHz Band. The Alcatel EVOLIUM™ WLL (Wireless Local Loop) solution combines DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) with digital microwave point-to-multipoint technologies. It provides integrated network management to provide a full set of wireless access services required by present and future customers. The key advantages of this solution are quick deployment, easy availability and gradual investment for the operator.

Jean-Louis Dauphin, Director Strategic Technologies at Telecom Argentina said: "Fixed Wireless Access is among the key technologies Telecom Argentina brings to the market for the provision of quality advanced services. We have chosen Alcatel for their proven experience in the WLL arena and their established local support."

Alfredo Redondo, General Manager of Alcatel Argentina commented: "This award represents a new success for Alcatel and strengthens its leading position on the radio-access market in the world providing Fixed Access Wireless Solutions. It also reinforces Alcatel as a leading telecommunications supplier in Argentina."

The Alcatel EVOLIUM™ WLL solution provides complete and customized access solutions, supplying high quality telecom and on-line services. It matches the needs of both residential and business users in urban, suburban and sparsely populated areas. To date, Alcatel has installed or on-order over 1.6 million lines of wireless access systems worldwide. Alcatel has successfully deployed important wireless access projects in China, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, South Africa and Turkey, amongst others.

EVOLIUM™ is the brand name of a whole range of fixed and mobile radio solutions dedicated to ILECs, CLECs and GSM operators and specially designed to adapt to the constantly changing realities of fixed and cellular networks. The EVOLIUM™ range of solutions includes:
· EVOLIUM™ GSM Solution
· EVOLIUM™ LMDS Solution
· EVOLIUM™ Microwave Solution
· EVOLIUM™ WLL Solution
· EVOLIUM™ 3G Mobile Solution

About Telecom Argentina
Telecom Argentina STET-France Telecom S.A. is one of Argentina's largest companies. Jointly held by France Telecom and Telecom Italia, Telecom Argentina is the telecommunications service provider for northern Argentina and of parts of the city of Buenos Aires and its suburbs with more than 3.5 million lines installed. It serves approximately 46 % of the local Argentine market. In addition to local, toll and international telephony, Telecom supplies data transmission related services and mobile services with more than 800.000 subscribers. Telecom Argentina's networks are fully digitized. For more information visit its website on the Internet at

About Alcatel
Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data communications solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 120,000 employees and sales of EURO 21.3 billion ($25.0 billion), Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

Alcatel has a strong presence in Argentina, where it has already installed more than one million digital telephone lines as well as a large part of the country's existing transmission networks.


10th September, 1999, Stockholm, Sweden
Trety Ltd Launches the new T-2000 DECT Series of products

Trety Ltd, with it’s H.Q. in Hong Kong is launching their new DECT based Design Telephone Series for the European Market. The product has been designed in Sweden and developed in Sweden and Korea. The T-2000 is the first series of product from Trety's Millennium portfolio (2000). First deliveries will be to Germany and Sweden.

Trety Ltd., an OEM producer of Fax machines and MFPs for European PTTs and Major Brand companies, now enter the cordless telephone market. With unique feature function and Web integration the products are aimed for the upper level of the market. The excellent design (designed in Sweden by Trety Ltd, Nikolaus Frank) places the product in a niche of its own.

Models in the Series:
a.. T-2000b (Basic with CID and E-Mail + Voice Mail Notification)
b.. T-2000t (TAM Version)
c.. T-2000i (ISDN Version)

For more information and complete press package please visit their Company website
For product info on DECTweb click her

7th September, 1999
BT to offer Wireless Voice and Data Networks for Home and Office

BT is to introduce a range of wireless networking products enabling users to connect digital devices around the home or small office to the Internet or other online services. The networks, which will be available early next year, have been developed in BT-funded research by US start-up Home Wireless Networks Inc. (HWN).

The system gives users a single, flexible integrated voice and data network at affordable prices. The modular design has four core components: a controller, data sockets, phone sockets and handsets. Connections between computers, peripherals and handsets are all wireless.

BT expects home networking to become a big growth sector, central to the emergence of the "Interactive Home", and predicts that more than 5 million UK consumers will start using home networks within the next five years. At the same time up to 10 million small businesses and teleworkers will find the flexibility and power of a wireless network an ideal fit for their expanding use of e-business. Wireless home networks will offer an ideal complement to BT's ISDN and ADSL services, enabling wireless distribution of broadband services to multiple users in the home or office.

The two companies have been working together since June 1998 to develop products for the European market in response to the dramatic growth in Internet services and e-commerce. Sales of the products in the first year are expected to exceed £35 million ($50 million) in the UK.

HWN's US product line in North America combines the features of a wireless phone system with the functionality of a wireless LAN. As a part of the BT funded research, DECT and 802.11 compliant systems have been developed at HWN's UK facility, in Cambridge. At the heart of the system lies a wireless "Intelligent Gateway" to the global network, which will support all major international standards, including ISDN and ADSL.

BT will launch 2-line and a 4-line systems with wireless smart handsets, wireless phone sockets, and wireless data sockets. The systems are modular in design and feature expansion slots for the addition of a variety of additional products, which will include ISDN access, Voice Mail, and 802.11 wireless Ethernet. The first UK products will be on sale from BT early next year.

Nigel Stagg, general manager of BT consumer products, said: "In the USA, home networking has emerged as one of the new growth markets in telecommunications due to the increased need for shared Internet access and the ability to work more effectively."

John Taylor, president and CEO of Home Wireless Networks, said: "HWN is delighted to be BT's choice of technology partner to bring the benefits of home networking to the UK market."

Barbara Stafford , Home Wireless Networks, or Dee Gibbs, Liberty Communications

September 6, 1999, Or Yehuda, Israel
Telegate Introduces Fixed Mobile Convergence Over Cable TV Infrastructure with Multigate DECT-GSM

MSOs can now enter the lucrative mobile market with the new Multigate DECT-GSM solution for cable networks to be launched at ECC London, October 1999

Telegate, a provider of advanced local access systems and broadband solutions for the CATV industry, announced today that it is launching Multigate DECT-GSM at ECC 99. Multigate DECT-GSM enables MSOs to offer converged cordless and mobile services to residential and SOHO subscribers over existing cable TV infrastructure.

Multigate DECT-GSM is a natural extension to Multigate DECT, launched earlier this year, which enables CATV operators to offer managed cordless voice and data applications through a single system. Multigate DECT allows operators to position themselves as "Cordless Broadband Service Providers." By leveraging DECT-GSM capabilities, operators can now enter the highly lucrative market of mobile service.

Telegate VP for Marketing and Business Development, Peter Paz, states: "As the telecommunications industry moves towards Fixed Mobile Convergence, cable operators possess the potential to offer a more advanced FMC offering due to the broadband nature of HFC infrastructure. We at Telegate are the first to introduce a product that delivers this fixed-mobile convergence to the cable industry. Multigate DECT-GSM delivers a fully integrated and managed voice and high speed data FMC solution that will rapidly strengthen the competitive positioning of an MSO and generate even greater revenues."

Multigate DECT-GSM truly integrates the home/SOHO and mobile environments with a seamless managed solution delivering the convenience of a single phone and number, for use in all locations. In addition to the attractive cordless broadband offerings available in a fixed cable network environment, Multigate DECT-GSM supports the provision of a full-scale managed cordless service that adds a highly desirable dimension to the current concept of FMC. The managed nature of the service is similar to a cellular offering and allows the operator to become the single focal point for all operations, maintenance and any other service related issues, providing increased added value to the customer.

This service concept is made possible by the use of an intelligent and highly compact unit at the customer premise, with connectivity to the network management layer. Within the home or office, Multigate DECT-GSM supports two cordless lines, up to eight handsets, and with the addition of a PCMCIA/ISA card, users can benefit from simultaneous cordless data applications including high speed access to the internet (256 Kbps) and multimedia.

"We at Telegate have always been committed to providing added value services which can strengthen an operator’s market positioning in the highly competitive telecommunications industry," adds Paz. "We see the great potential in providing this service to both cable operators and mobile operators, who we are targeting as a new customer base."

A live demonstration of Multigate DECT-GSM can be seen at ECC ‘99, Booth no. 195.

Telegate Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets advanced local access systems for the CATV broadband industry. The company’s flagship product Multigate, provides operators with an integrated solution for simultaneously transporting telephony, high-speed data, cordless mobility (DECT for cordless voice and data services), ISDN and other broadband services over HFC networks. Founded in 1993 and based in Israel, ECI Telecom Ltd. (NASDAQ: ECIL) and General Instrument Corporation (NYSE: GIC) are Telegate’s strategic partners as well as major shareholders in the company.

For more details contact:
Tania Elfersy, Marketing Communications Manager, Tel: 972-3-5384617/600, Fax: 972-3-5335877
or  Tsipi Haitovsky, Koteret High Tech, Tel: 972-3-5611424, Fax: 972-3-5611238
or Telegate website:
For product info on the Innovative products Page of DECTweb - click here

8th September 1999, San Francisco, USA
HomeRF Working Group to Unveil Product Prototypes at First Public HomeRF Wireless Home Networking Forum

Renowned Industry Experts from Andrew Seybold's Outlook, The Yankee Group,   and Parks Associates to Address Attendees on the State of Wireless Home Networking

The HomeRF (TM Working Group, a leading consortium of companies promoting wireless home networking, today announced the inaugural Wireless Home Networking Forum, which will take place on October 12, 1999 at the Sheraton Grand, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  The conference offers attendees a first of its kind forum where they can hear about the latest developments in technology, see the debut of several SWAP-enabled wireless product prototypes, and share their viewpoints with others.  Attendees will learn about the opportunities that the SWAP protocol provides, as well as the group's progress and plans for this wireless home networking technology.  The highlight of the conference will be keynote presentations on the state of the market by industry experts Andrew Seybold of Andrew Seybold's Outlook, Boyd Peterson of The Yankee Group and Tricia Parks of Parks Associates.

"This is an exciting and pivotal event for the HomeRF group," said HomeRF Chairman Ben Manny of Intel Corporation.  "For the first time, member companies will publicly demonstrate SWAP product prototypes and we also anticipate several product announcements during the conference.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view first-hand what SWAP and wireless home networking are all about."

Andy Seybold of Andrew Seybold's Outlook will speak on drivers for the wireless home networking market segment and the need for vendors to adopt a strategy to ensure compatibility across networks.  Boyd Peterson of the Yankee Group will discuss the emerging home networking market segment and the opportunities it brings to companies and consumers.  The day will close with a networking reception hosted by Tricia Parks, president of Parks Associates.

In addition, audience members will learn about the scope of the wireless home networking field through discussion of such topics as SWAP features, devices, positioning and usage scenarios, as well as the implementation of HomeRF devices and interoperability testing.

To attend the HomeRF Home Wireless Networking Forum, please contact the HomeRF WG at 415-750-8354 or through its Web site at The entrance fee is $500 for pre-registered attendees, or $600 without prior registration

About The HomeRF Working Group and SWAP
Launched in March 1998, the Home Radio Frequency Working Group has developed a single specification (the Shared Wireless Access Protocol - SWAP) for a broad range of interoperable consumer devices.  SWAP is an open industry specification that allows PCs, peripherals, cordless telephones and other consumer electronic devices to share and communicate voice and data in and around the home without the complication and expense associated with running new wires.  SWAP-compliant products operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band and utilize frequency- hopping spread spectrum RF technology for secure and robust wireless communications.  The current membership of the group exceeds 90 companies and is made up of leading companies across the PC, consumer electronics, networking, peripherals, communications, software, retail channel, home control and semiconductor industries worldwide.  For more information and a complete list of members, please visit the Web site at

Contact:  Aaron Dun, Lois Paul & Partners,  +001 (781)-238-5784

30th August 1999
Xilinx & Integrated Silicon Systems announce Joint Development and OEM Agreement for Reed-Solomon Cores

Deal addresses demand for system level solutions created by success of Virtex FPGAs

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 30, 1999-Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced a joint technology development and OEM agreement with Integrated Silicon Systems, Ltd. (ISS) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, for Xilinx to provide versions of the popular ISS Reed-Solomon cores. The products will use Xilinx Smart-IP technology, which permits customers to set their own core parameters. Reed-Solomon is a digital data error detection and correction technology that is widely used in communications, wireless and mass-storage systems.

"This agreement is a natural extension of our long-term and successful relationship with Xilinx and the growth of ISS as a leading IP provider," said James G. Doherty, CEO of ISS. "Through Xilinx we can reach the broad base of FPGA users worldwide, and with the Smart-IP technology, this new solution addresses a wide variety of user customisation requirements. That allows ISS to continue to work with our partners to develop complex, market-focused application specific virtual components (ASVCs) for next generation systems."

Under the terms of the agreement, engineers from Xilinx in Edinburgh, Scotland, and ISS in Belfast will jointly develop high performance, predictable and parameterizable Reed-Solomon encoder and decoder cores for use in the Xilinx Virtex, Spartan, and XC4000 families of FPGAs. Xilinx will then deliver and support these LogiCOREs

Smart-IP Technology Key for Mass Market Cores
The unique Smart-IP design methodology uses embedded, relational placement constraint capabilities of the Xilinx development software tools that leverage the distributed RAM and segmented routing of Xilinx FPGAs. Cores that use Smart-IP technology are user-configurable and deliver a predictable, high-performance and highly optimised solution that is unaffected by device density or surrounding logic. Smart-IP technology is used in all Xilinx LogiCORE products, including the LogiCORE PCI interface, the programmable logic industry's most successful PCI core.

"ISS has set a standard for communications and multimedia core solutions that has been well accepted by the FPGA market for some time," said Babak Hedayati, Program Director for Core Solutions marketing at Xilinx. "We saw that is was time to address the increasing demand by our customer base for Reed-Solomon cores with a cost-effective, easy to use LogiCORE solution. Partnering with ISS ensures quality cores with a brand name that FPGA customers have come to trust."

A representative configuration of the Reed-Solomon decoder uses 58 percent of the logic resources of a 20,000 system gate SpartanXL , making the effective silicon implementation cost $3.36, based on 100,000 unit quantities at the end of 2000

Beta versions of the LogiCORE Reed-Solomon cores are in use by customers today. The production versions will be fully released for Virtex, Spartan and the XC4000 FPGAs early next year.

 About ISS
 Integrated Silicon Systems Ltd. (ISS) is a leading supplier of application-specific virtual components (ASVCs) for multimedia and communications System-on-a-Chip (SOC) integrated circuits. Using proprietary techniques for direct-mapped implementations of digital signal processing functions and algorithms in hardware, ISS delivers solutions for wireless and wired communications, digital video, and digital imaging applications that realise 10X to 1000X improvements in performance compared to conventional implementations using software-programmable DSP microprocessors.

ISS is a privately held company with European headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and worldwide sales and marketing operations (ISS Technologies, Inc.) in San Jose, California. More information about ISS and its products may be obtained from the Internet at

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the leading innovator of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and fulfils more than half of the world demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at

Xilinx is a registered trademark. All XC-prefix product designations,  Spartan, Virtex, LogiCORE and Smart-IP are trademarks of Xilinx, Inc.  Other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.   #9952

Editorial Contact:  Mike Seither    or   Product Marketing Contact:  Mark Bowlby 

16th July 1999
Worldwide First DECT-Radio-System for Data and Speech Transmission

Zittau, Germany, July 16, 1999 - Today, Digades presents the new radio system DFM 251DECT for data transmission systems according to the DECT-standard. The module, which was developed with the use of the newest DECT chip set of TEMIC Semiconductors, is the first product of its kind, which allows both data- and speech transmission.

DFM 251DECT is a further development of the data radio modem DFM 250DECT which has already been introduced on the market. In addition to the greatly decreased size (DECT - PCMCIA cards are also possible), it offers lower energy consumption, the development of telephony functions in accordance with the GAP standard, and the execution of high-speed data transmission.

The module can be adapted to the various application requirements in a flexible manner. Thus, it is possible to transmit data, as well as voice, for example. This makes room for a multitude of applications which were difficult or impossible to carry out until now.

Due to the possibility that up to six portable modules communicate parallel with a basis module, it is also of interest to users who need multipoint transmission.

The new system is especially well suited for applications which require a high rate of data transmission. With the new module, the DECT time slots, in which data is transmitted, can be bundled, achieving a gross data rate of up to 192 kBit/s. This is important for cases in which an ISDN connection is to be extended with wireless equipment. But also industrial applications such as cableless BUS connections have more favourable conditions with this technology.

The fact that the size has been reduced to approx. 1/3 of the previous model through the use of new chips from TEMIC Semiconductors is especially important for users who plan to integrate the module into existing devices or housings.

This dramatic size reduction could be achieved due to the single-conversion architecture of TEMIC Semiconductors' chip set consisting of the front-end IC U7004B, the receiver IC U2761B and the transmitter PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) U2785B. The U7004B is industry's first DECT RF device produced in Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) technology. Thanks to SiGe, the U7004B provides a high integration level and thus saves a huge amount of external components.

Furthermore, the front-end IC U7004B has a very low power consumption. Thus, the current consumption of the DFM 251DECT could be reduced by about 50%, which helps to significantly increase the lifetime of battery-driven applications.

Last but not least, the price of the DFM 251DECT is much lower than that of the previous model – an additional argument for the use of this high-performance data transmission technology.

TEMIC Semiconductors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) designs, manufactures and markets on a worldwide basis technically advanced integrated circuits to serve Communications, Automotive, Dataprocessing and Aerospace markets, using CMOS, BiCMOS, BCDMOS and SiGe technologies.

TEMIC Semiconductors operations include ISO-9001 certified manufacturing facilities located in Heilbronn, Germany, Nantes, France, and Manila, Philippines.

Worldwide and local customers are supported by a network of Company sales engineers as well as registered sales representatives and electronic component distributors.

Digades GmbH, founded in 1991, was dedicated to the development and manufacturing of electronic subassemblies for high-frequency technology from the beginning. Its spectrum of services includes the development, manufacturing, and marketing of standardised products for radio data communication including user-specific modifications, the realisation of customer-specific development from idea to reasonably-priced production including microcontroller programming and housing design, advising and support of the users in the application of radio transmissions in their system solutions and the development and manufacturing of analogue and digital circuits for various technical fields of application.

Product information may be retrieved from the DECTweb Modules Page or the digades website or the TEMIC Semiconductors website

Press Contacts
Digades Hans-Ullrich Kaiser or Marco Rockstroh
TEMIC Semiconductors Ahmad Lindenberg or Véronique Sablereau

30th June,   1999
Ericsson and Ascom in strategic alliance for on-site business communications

Ericsson Business Networks AB and Ascom Tateco AB have signed a strategic co-operation agreement regarding supply, distribution and joint development of business cordless communications products and services. Through this new alliance both companies will be able to offer total solutions, a complete product range and full service within the field of on-site business communications. The joint product and service range will be marketed and distributed through both companies' worldwide market channels.

On-site business communications is a fast growing and dynamic market segment, which comprises customised solutions for telephony, process monitoring, alarm and messaging systems. The combined expertise of the companies gives the new alliance an outstanding position within, above all, the Health Care, Industrial and Security Communication sectors.

"Thanks to this co-operation agreement and Ericsson"s strong market position in DECT business cordless communications, we plan for a major expansion in this fast growing market. Within the next five years, we expect to triple our volumes in Europe and USA alone," says Mats Fridlund, President and CEO at Ascom Tateco"s head office in Gothenburg.

"Ascom is an excellent complement to Ericsson, with its broad range of messaging and alarm systems and its expertise in important customer segments. Our co-operation promotes an effective win/win-situation," says Magnus Karnsund, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Office Solutions, Ericsson.

The two companies now jointly introduce a new generation of products and services to the market, comprising:
    A software package for alarm and messaging systems
    A DECT-based infrastructure (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) with added functionality
    A range of new cordless handsets for demanding environments

Ericsson has a strong position on the DECT business cordless market today, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of the total world market.

Ascom Tateco is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swiss Ascom Group, an internationally active telecommunications and service automation group with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Ascom Tateco is an international telecommunications company and a market leader in designing customised solutions for mobile internal communications. The company focuses on the Health Care, Industrial and Security market segments and has a base of 100.000 installed systems, primarily in Europe.   Turnover amounted to SEK 1.1 billion in 1998, 95 percent of which goes for export. The company has approximately 1,000 employees, of which 400 in Sweden.

Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers ~ network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers ~ the world over.

For further information please contact:
Magnus Karnsund, Vice President and General Manager, Ericsson Wireless Office Solutions, Phone: +46 70 520 3726
Lena Hyttsten, Communications Manager, Ericsson Wireless Office Solutions, Phone: +46 70 246 94 94
Peter Jenni, Head of Media Relations, Ascom Management AG, Phone: +41 31 999 2773
Ascom Tateco
Mats Fridlund, President and CEO, Ascom Tateco AB, Phone: +46 31 55 93 30
Max Federmann, Executive Vice President, Ascom Tateco AB, Phone: +46 31 55 94 05

June 15, 1999
A new company for the next Millennium

Telecoms and radio equipment manufacturers and designers are currently experiencing radical changes to the way they develop, build and market their products. Rapid technological change, deregulation of the telecoms and radio markets and ever increasing competition all contribute to this problem. Today we are increasingly intolerant of faulty goods being placed on the market, and any company doing so risks costly consequences from customers, the media, competitors and even the courts. BABT Product Service is a new global telecoms and radio test, conformance, certification and compliance management provider, established to help designers and manufacturers better prepare to meet these challenges and benefit from the opportunities they provide.

Competition in the telecommunications, satellite and radio industries means that the pace of product development and the variety of products on the market is constantly increasing. Manufacturers and importers need assurance that their products are safe, reliable and comply with local requirements. BABT Product Service, an independent commercial organisation, has been formed to serve companies in this complex and daunting process and can offer clients an unequalled level of integrated service, efficiency and assurance in bringing products to market quickly. With a history of excellence in providing quality assurance, testing, certification and training, BABT Product Service is well placed to provide all the necessary services to ensure designers and manufacturers take advantage of the opportunities this new environment brings.

BABT Product Service is a merger of the world-wide telecommunications businesses of TÜV Product Service and BABT. This alliance combines the wealth of experience and expertise of both parties bringing together the telecoms business of TÜV Product Service, a well respected presence in all the major world markets offering testing solutions for telecoms and radio compliance with BABT, the globally respected European telecoms and radio approvals, and quality systems certifier. With offices worldwide and laboratory locations in UK, North America, Germany and Asia Pacific, BABT Product Service has the ability to provide local access to world markets.

Günter Mikes, Chief Executive of BABT Product Service’s operating company in Germany states "We are committed to supporting manufacturers in this new and developing environment and have recently made major investments to provide customers with testing services which keep pace with rapidly developing standards. Major recent additions to equipment include the latest multi-band GSM mobile phone test system, a satellite phone test facility and highly specialised equipment testing the increasing range of DECT products. Availability of EMI, EMC, electrical safety and climatic test facilities allow complex test programmes to be achieved in minimum time."

Ian Smith, QMS Audit Manager of BABT Product Service in the UK states "As well as all our testing and compliance services, we provide quality system certification to ensure consistent and compliant product development and delivery, an essential ingredient and selling point in this changed environment. Liaison status with the QuEST Forum, who are promoting a telecoms quality standard, TL 9000, enables BABT Product Service to provide manufacturers and designers with an insight into future developments and how best to prepare for them.

John Alves, Group Chief Executive of BABT Product Service states "BABT Product Service will be a key resource for manufacturers in providing guidance and support rather than relying solely on governmental regulations and enforcement. Success depends on being aware of the changing legislative and technological environment and we are committed to providing services of an unprecedented scale, scope and level of quality through technical integrity and customer focus, at a local level but on a global scale" .

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About BABT Product Service
BABT Product Service is a joint venture between TÜV Süddeutschland and BABT. With offices worldwide, and with 150 telecoms, radio and testing specialists, BABT Product Service has the ability to provide local access to world markets. BABT Product Service is committed to providing customers with testing services which keep pace with rapidly developing standards. BABT Product Service and its partners are recognised nationally and internationally through accreditation from UKAS, RvA and DAR, designation by EU Governments as Notified and Competent bodies and as a RECAB (Radio Equipment Conformity Assessment Body).
The organisation is located throughout the world with locations in USA, UK, Germany, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan with access to over 50 partner offices spanning the globe.
For further information please refer to: or alternatively contact:
Chris Baird, Team Leader - Marketing Services
9-11 Queens Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 5NA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 251200, Fax + 44 (0) 1932 251201, email:

About TÜV Product Service and TÜV Süddeutschland
TÜV Product Service is a world-renowned provider of product certification, approvals and test services with a network of more than 50 offices worldwide. Services offered include certification in the form of the GS and TÜV Product Service Marks for safety and quality and a range of quality system certification including ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. The company works across a broad market-sector base including automotive, medical equipment, consumer goods and industrial machinery.
For further information please refer to

TÜV Product Service is a member of the TÜV Süddeutschland Group which has three operating divisions covering engineering, certification and transportation and employs almost 9,000 employees with a turnover in excess of 750 million Euros.
For further information please refer to:

About BABT
BABT was formed in 1982 to approve terminal equipment for connection to telecommunication networks. It is a leading authority on the approval and certification of telecom terminals in liberalised global markets and is appointed as a Notified Body and as a RECAB (Radio Equipment Conformity Assessment Body) offering type approval certificates to radio equipment manufacturers. BABT has approved over 13,000 different products for use on UK or European Networks and deals with 1,000 manufacturers on a worldwide basis.
For further information please refer to:

June 7, 1999 San Francisco, USA
HomeRF Working Group Announces First SWAP Wireless Home Networking Products to Debut
Group Approves Specification Updates to Speed Adoption, Proxim and Motorola Announce Plans to Ship End-User Products. HomeRF Working Group Announces First SWAP Wireless Home Networking Products to Debut
Group Approves Specification Updates to Speed Adoption, Proxim and Motorola Announce Plans to Ship End-User Products.
HomeRF Working Group Announces First SWAP Wireless Home Networking Products to Debut
Group Approves Specification Updates to Speed Adoption, Proxim and Motorola Announce Plans to Ship End-User Products.
HomeRF Working Group Announces First SWAP Wireless Home Networking Products to Debut
Group Approves Specification Updates to Speed Adoption, Proxim and Motorola Announce Plans to Ship End-User Products.

In the ongoing effort to make wireless home networking standards a reality, the HomeRF Working Group (HomeRF WG) today announced that several companies are developing end-user products based on the Shared Wireless Access Protocol (SWAP) which are expected for release to the market by this winter.  In support of this effort, Proxim, Inc. (NASDAQ: PROX) has today announced that its Symphony Cordless Networking Suite will become SWAP compliant and will be fully backward compatible with currently shipping Symphony products.

The HomeRF WG also today announced the release of SWAP 1.1, which incorporates several low-level changes to the SWAP specification.  Launched in January, the SWAP specification provides an open platform that enables a broad range of interoperable consumer devices for wireless voice and data communications in the home.

"The broad industry support that the HomeRF Group has garnered has allowed us to rapidly move the SWAP specification to the point where these companies can begin delivering end-user products," said Ben Manny of Intel Corporation, chairman of the HomeRF WG.  "We envision that these first products are simply the initial step in enabling the flexibility and mobility that consumers expect, and demand, for delivering Internet access and next generation cordless telephony service anywhere in the home or yard."

Products Coming From Industry Leaders
Proxim has announced that it will add SWAP 1.1 support into new members of its Symphony product family.  This will include a cordless USB adapter for desktop computers, a cordless PC card for notebook computers, and a cordless miniature design-in module for radio integration into products such as broadband Internet gateways.  These new SWAP compliant devices will ship with Harmony bridging software to enable seamless interoperability with currently shipping Symphony and other OpenAir wireless LAN standard-based enterprise wireless LAN devices.

Earlier this year, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Proxim announced a technology relationship to develop wireless home networking products also based on the SWAP specification.  Last week, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Proxim announced a partnership to produce integrated wireless networking products for shared high-speed Internet access in the home or small office based on SWAP.

SWAP 1.1 Release
In a continuing effort to drive the market adoption of wireless home networking, the SWAP 1.1 specification update enables lower cost radio implementations and assists group members in meeting year-end product availability goals.  Several low-level technical changes were made that allow companies to take advantage of existing technologies, enabling the rapid development and delivery of SWAP-based end-user products, including those announced today by Proxim, and by Motorola and Proxim last week.  This update signifies the collective commitment of the group's 90+ members to ensure the broadest, quickest possible implementation of wireless home networking.  (See supporting statements of other participants that follow.)

Through SWAP, consumer electronics and small appliances in and around the home will contain wireless technology that will enable them to "talk" to each other and share the resources of the connected PC without being tethered to the existing wiring and wall outlets in the home.  For example, a mobile display pad linked to the Internet could access recipe information in the kitchen, be taken into the yard to assist with plant and disease identification in the garden, or be used in the garage by the automotive do-it-yourselfer looking for the latest shop manual updates.

Broad Market Support
Market leaders lend their support for the SWAP specification and the wireless networking market.
"We are proud to make the vision of the Home RF Working Group a reality and be the first company to announce the availability of products complying to the SWAP specification.  The enormous backing of this industry group and its work toward an open cordless networking standard for the home further validates what we've believed for years - that users want the flexibility of a cordless solution to compute and be connected to information from anywhere they feel most comfortable." --Brian Button, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Proxim

"HomeRF's robustness and integrated voice support make it particularly attractive to consumers.  The technology will let consumers enjoy effortless and simultaneous access to the Internet, Telephone services, and their Home Computer Network" --Vedat Eyuboglu vice president and general manager for Motorola's Broadband Home Networking Products

"The approval of the SWAP 1.1 specification and Intel's technology relationship with Proxim will enable the delivery of cost-effective wireless home networking solutions.   Wireless technologies based on HomeRF SWAP will compliment Intel's line of phoneline networking products and extend home networking to mobile devices in and around the home." --Dan Sweeney, general manager of Intel's Home Networking Operation.

 "HomeRF is an important initiative to making the pervasive computing vision a reality for consumers.  We will be extending our product lines - Aptiva, Home Director, and ThinkPad - to take advantage of wireless networking.  I believe that wireless connectivity adds an essential element to both wired and unwired homes that are technology ready for today and tomorrow."--Mary Walker, general manager, IBM Home Networking

About The HomeRF Working Group and SWAP
Launched in March 1998, The Home Radio Frequency Working Group has developed a single specification (the Shared Wireless Access Protocol - SWAP) for a broad range of interoperable consumer devices.  SWAP is an open industry specification that allows PCs, peripherals, cordless telephones and other consumer electronic devices to share and communicate voice and data in and around the home without the complication and expense associated with running new wires.  SWAP-compliant products operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band and utilize frequency hopping spread spectrum RF technology for secure and robust wireless communications.  The current membership of the group exceeds 90 companies and is made up of leading companies across the PC, consumer electronics, networking, peripherals, communications, software, retail channel, home control and semiconductor industries worldwide.  For more information and a complete list of members, please visit the Web site at

HomeRF is a trademark of the Home Radio Frequency Working Group. All other products mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies. Proxim and Symphony are trademarks of Proxim, Inc.  For Proxim press information please contact Dan Spalding, 650-526-3619,, for all other
inquires please go to

In references to Proxim, Inc., this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbours created by those sections.  These forward-looking statements concern accelerating the deployment of wireless networking for homes and small offices, the development and availability of integrated wireless networking products, the development of industry standards and strategic partnerships. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, Proxim's ability to successfully develop, manufacture and gain market acceptance of new products, in particular its home networking products; dependence on the emerging home networking market segment; the cost, availability and quality of assemblies and finished products from contract manufacturers; dependence on a limited number of OEM customers; rapid technological change; evolving industry standards; international sales; the highly competitive nature of the wireless LAN market segment; and other factors more fully described in Proxim's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998, and the reports on Form 10-Q. Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Proxim does not undertake to update any oral or written forward-looking statements that may be made by or on behalf of Proxim.

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