EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE – BOSTON, MA – September 15, 2003 – Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection™ Company, and InHand Electronics, today announced incorporation of Socket’s KwikBlue™ Modules with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology on InHands’ Elf3 and Fingertip3 low-power “credit card” sized reference platforms. The new reference platforms are available immediately from InHand for Microsoft’s Windows CE.NET operating system and incorporate InHand’s award-winning BatterySmart dynamic power management system software.
“InHand is pleased to partner with Socket Communications on the new KwikBlue modules with Bluetooth Wireless Technology,” said Andrew Girson, InHand’s CEO. “InHand’s products coupled with a low power short range cordless connection makes these reference platform designs ideal for handheld mobile computer implementation. Bluetooth is now a standard communications method for portable computers, mobile and portable printers and various industrial controllers.”
PDAs and other handheld mobile devices are getting smaller and lighter. These devices provide increased productivity by allowing seamless connectivity throughout the day. Long battery life and ease of use are extremely important goals. Bluetooth wireless technology helps achieve these goals by eliminating the need for elaborate cabling or battery recharging.
“InHand’s reference design platforms coupled with our KwikBlue Modules with Bluetooth Wireless Technology are a perfect combination,” said Mike Gifford, founder and executive vice president of Socket Communications. “Having our modules designed directly onto the reference design allows for faster time-to-market, and enhances InHands’ ability to provide their customers with cost effective short range cordless solutions.”
Bluetooth wireless technology has been refined over the last few years with standards being revised and updated by the dedicated Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Socket’s KwikBlue modules have been awarded v1.1 qualification by the Bluetooth Qualification Body (BQB) and have FCC Modular Approval. FCC Modular Approval is essentially a pre-approval of most of the required FCC testing and simplifies the FCC certification process for companies seeking to integrate Bluetooth wireless connectivity into their products.
KwikBlue modules are available in Surface Mount Device (SMD) packaging as well as highly integrated small footprint board-to-board connectible packages with an on-board antenna. The basic integrated package includes the KwikBlue SMD module for easy “drop-in design” to existing products. Socket offers complete design-in engineering services that can supply variations of the basic package to meet customer specifications for functionality and space limitations. Special features include Socket’s field upgradeable connectivity implementation, special purpose “Virtual Machines” (embedded customized user applications and interfaces), software configuration, power management, external antenna connections, and more.
Elf3 and Fingertip3 development platforms with KwikBlue modules are available today from InHand. Platforms are also available for volume purchase and the complete Elf3 and Fingertip3 reference platform hardware and software is available for licensing.
For further information about Socket’s KwikBlue modules send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and for InHand’s reference designs send email to email@example.com.
Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection™ Company, provides a broad range of connection products for Windows powered handheld computers, including connection kits with Bluetooth wireless technology, wireless LAN cards, digital phone cards, 56K modem cards, Ethernet cards and GPS solutions. In addition, Socket provides bar code scanning products and peripheral connection serial cards for laptops and other mobile devices. Socket’s Embedded Systems Group offers customized solutions embedding CF cards with Bluetooth wireless technology and KwikBlue™ modules. The company believes its Mobility Friendly™, products lead the market with the smallest footprint and most Battery Friendly® power consumption in their class, while being easy to install, use and maintain. Socket products work with a variety of handheld devices including Pocket PCs, Palm PDAs and mobile phones. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California, and can be reached at (510) 744-2700, or on the Internet at www.socketcom.com.
About InHand Electronics
InHand Electronics, Inc. is an ultra-portable handheld platform provider to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company provides commercial off-the-shelf developer’s kits that are industrial-strength and power-efficient, for uses in the military, medical technology and telecommunications industries among others. The platforms accommodate standard wireless, data storage and acquisition plugins. Fingertip, Elf and OmniMeter are built on the industry’s leading technologies including Intel’s StrongARM and XScale RISC chips and Windows CE and Linux operating systems. The company’s headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland and can be reached at (240) 558-2014 or on the Internet at www.inhand.com.
Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein are those of their respective owners. © 2003, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.