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Summit Brings Dual-Band Wi-Fi to Business-Critical Clients

August 21, 2008

Summit Data Communications, a leading provider of Wi-Fi(R) radio modules and cards, today announced general availability of the first dual-band Wi-Fi radios certified for Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) Version 4 on Windows CE. The Summit SDC-CF10AG compact flash radio module and SDC-PC10AG PCMCIA radio module enable mobile computers, medical devices, and other business-critical mobile devices to exploit the little-used 5 GHz frequency band for more reliable connectivity and better performance.

Excitement over 802.11n, the forthcoming IEEE standard for high-throughput Wi-Fi that operates in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, is renewing interest in Wi-Fi operation at 5 GHz. Deploying 802.11n in a Wi-Fi infrastructure improves range and connection reliability for all clients, including those that use pre-N standards. By supporting 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g, the Summit CF10AG and PC10AG enable businesses to exploit the range and reliability benefits of 802.11n and migrate devices to 5 GHz to avoid the growing interference in the 2.4 GHz band.

“When a business deploys 802.11n in its wireless LAN infrastructure, that business wants to exploit the benefits of 802.11n on all devices,” said Ron Seide, Summit’s president. “Because of a lack of suitable silicon, dual-band 802.11n radios for business-critical mobile devices are not available yet and may not be for several years. Summit’s new dual-band radios use proven, standards-based technology to deliver secure and reliable connectivity in both bands.”

CCX is a program that tests how well client devices with Wi-Fi radios interoperate with enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure products from Cisco Systems, Inc. Products that pass all CCX tests earn the Cisco Compatible seal, which signifies not just interoperability but also support for Cisco Wi-Fi innovations for enhanced security, mobility, quality of service, and network management. The CF10AG and PC10AG modules are the first 802.11a/g radios to earn the seal on Windows CE, the most popular operating system for mobile computers. Both modules are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(R) and operate on Windows XP, Windows CE, and Windows Mobile(R).

The list price for the SDC-CF10AG module is US$159; the list price for the SDC-PC10AG module is US$179. Volume discounts are available to qualified mobile device vendors. The purchase price covers radio hardware, Summit’s market-leading software, software upgrades, and a broad range of certification and support services provided by Summit and Summit partners. Both modules are generally available now.

Summit product information and specifications can be found at www.summitdatacom.com. For more information, send an E-mail to sales@summitdatacom.com, or call +1 330.434.7929.

About Summit

Summit Data Communications, Inc. provides high-performance wireless LAN radio modules and cards for today’s business-critical mobile devices, such as mobile computers and medical devices. Summit radios are optimized for the challenging radio environments in which business-critical mobile devices operate, including factories, warehouses, ports, hospitals, and retail stores.

Wi-Fi(R) and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(R) are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Windows(R) and Windows Mobile(R) are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Cisco(R) and Cisco Systems(R) are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc.




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