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 EMBEDDED WIRELESS WIDE AREA NETWORK (WWAN) BROADBAND MODEMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE MOBILE COMPUTING

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A to Deliver Unmatched Broadband Access and Performance for PC Notebook Computers

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HONG KONG — December 5, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced today that a growing number of PC notebook manufacturers are embedding CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) modems into their notebooks to deliver unmatched broadband access and data throughput performance. The Sony Electronics VAIO® VGN-TXN10 and Panasonic® Toughbook® W5, T5 and Y5 are the first PC notebook series to embed Rev. A modems to provide wireless wide area network (WWAN) broadband connectivity.

“The CDG is pleased to see so many manufacturers embedding EV-DO Rev. A modems into their laptop PCs,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “Rev. A provides bi-directional, high-speed, low-latency broadband data connectivity to notebook PC users wherever they have coverage.”

The Rev. A user experience is similar to that of DSL, cable and Wi-Fi, except it affords the freedom to connect to the wireless broadband network most anywhere without wires, providing mobile professionals a greater degree of productivity and flexibility – especially with regard to time-sensitive information and access to VPNs. Rev. A enables connectivity while sitting inside of a building, walking within a campus, or during periods of high-speed transit, such as on trains, taxis, ferries, etc. Accessibility is no longer limited to the home, office or hotel. Nor is it necessary for users to search for non-secured or public Wi-Fi hot spots. Rev. A users may conveniently access the Internet even at facilities where access to security-enabled virtual private networks (VPN) is prohibited. The 3G CDMA2000 service automatically detects and connects to the wireless wide area network (WWAN) when it is available, eliminating configuration hassles and billing redundancies at Wi-Fi hot spots.

In addition, 3G CDMA2000 technology uses authentication, spread-spectrum technology, encryption, and IPSec/SSL security mechanisms to keep the connections and data traffic secure. EV-DO embedded notebooks integrate seamlessly with virtual private network (VPN) protocols, allowing IT administrators to enforce a high level of security on remote server access. Notebook PCs with embedded EV-DO feature built-in WWAN modules and antennae, eliminating the need for separate wireless PC cards.

There are currently 25 EV-DO Rel. 0-enabled notebook models commercially available from Dell, HP, Itronix, Lenovo, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony. Notebook models that are upgraded to include EV-DO Rev. A, will increase uplink speeds to 1.8 Mbps and downlink speeds to 3.1 Mbps , enabling users to upload large files, such a s email attachments, photographs and personal videos, from their notebooks.

If a consumer already has an EV-DO Release 0 module embedded in their notebook, the upgrade to Rev. A is done through a module upgrade similar to adding memory. The consumer does not need to buy a new notebook to take full advantage of the improved user experience that Rev. A offers.

WWAN modem shipments have reached 5.5 million this year, up 45% from 2005. This number is expected to increase to 28 million by 2011, according to a forecast by In-Stat. The CDG cites increased accessibility, productivity, mobility, security, dependability and predictable costs as the most compelling factors that will contribute to the proliferation of embedded EV-DO Rev. A modems.

More information on CDMA2000 is available at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA
CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 184 operators in 77 countries, including 53 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 300 million subscribers.  Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are more than 353 million CDMA users worldwide.  CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne, TDMA, analog and greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. Nearly 1,460 CDMA2000 devices from more than 85 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 350 1xEV-DO devices.  More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 130 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA2000 features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA2000-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.  

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