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Motorola Selects Extended Systems to Provide Bluetooth Transport Software
OBEX and IrMC software protocols to enable wireless file exchange and synchronization
BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2000-- Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile data management and short-range wireless connectivity solutions, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a leader in the wireless communications industry, have joined forces to implement Bluetooth(TM) transport technology in Motorola products.
Under a license agreement, Extended Systems provides Motorola with a software kit, which enables Bluetooth wireless file exchange and synchronization.
Key components include Object Exchange (OBEX) and Mobile Communications (IrMC) modules, which are designed to facilitate wireless file exchange and data synchronization. These modules provide a high-level application protocol interface (API) to standard applications, which enables users to exchange and synchronize data between wireless devices. Because Extended Systems' software kit features a multi-transport OBEX module, Motorola can develop products that support wireless or wired transports -- including Bluetooth, infrared and serial -- within the same device.
"Extended Systems is proud to team with Motorola to bring Bluetooth solutions to the marketplace," said Extended Systems president and CEO Steve Simpson. "We believe our SDK (software development kit) forms a foundation for innovative, new products based on Bluetooth technology."
"Bluetooth wireless technology is going to significantly enhance the way people communicate and access information," said John Brown, vice president and director of Motorola Urbana Software Operations. "Our relationship with Extended Systems helps to lead us down the path to delivering end-to-end Bluetooth solutions to our customers."
This is the third agreement between Motorola and Extended Systems that focuses on implementing short-range wireless connectivity across Motorola's communications product line. It began with Motorola's L7089 tri-band GSM cellular phone, followed by Motorola's Timeport(TM) P935 personal interactive communicator for mobile business users. In both cases, Motorola licensed Extended Systems' IrDA-(Infrared Data Association) compliant infrared software technology enabling users to exchange data with other IrDA-compliant devices.
In 1994, Extended Systems helped found the Infrared Data Association where it authored the original specification for OBEX. Extended Systems co-authored(a) the specifications for IrMC, a universal standard for data synchronization. Both models were later incorporated into the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) specifications for embedded devices.
The Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology is set to transform the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones, other portable devices, and to the Internet. The Bluetooth SIG, comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies: 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, and 1790 adopter companies. More information about the Bluetooth wireless technology and the Bluetooth SIG is available at www.bluetooth.com
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion. More information about Motorola is available at www.motorola.com.
About Extended Systems
Extended Systems is a leading provider of mobile information management solutions that enable users to access, collect, synchronize, and print information on demand. The company's products include data synchronization and management software, wireless connectivity products (Bluetooth and IrDA-compliant), Linux-based Internet access solutions, a complete line of network print servers and client/server database management systems with remote access capabilities.
Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. Extended Systems' customers and key relationships include 3Com, IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Motorola, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Sharp, NEC, and Toshiba. More information is available at www.extendedsystems.com.
Extended Systems, Inc.
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including the results of Extended Systems' relationship with Motorola and the market acceptance of Bluetooth technology and Motorola's products based on Bluetooth technology, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of competitive products and pricing, alternative technological advances, the timely and successful development and market acceptance of new products, upgrades to existing products and other risks as detailed from time to time in Extended Systems' SEC filings, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Extended Systems is a registered trademark of Extended Systems Inc. MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo, and TIMEPORT are trademarks of Motorola, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Sweden, and licensed to Motorola, Inc. All other product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
(a)Co-authors of IrMC v1.1: Dry Creek Software, Ericsson, Extended Systems, Motorola, Nokia Mobile Phones, Ltd., NTT DoCoMo, and Starfish.