SDIO Connectivity Products Enable Mobile Workers to Leverage the Existing Wireless Infrastructure
Newark, CAâ€“ 3/23/2004 â€” Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connectionâ„¢ Company, today announced support for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs from Hitachi and Samsung. Socketâ€™s Secure Digital IO (SDIO) plug-in cards work with Samsungâ€™s Enterprise Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone SPH-i700 to expand its functionality by enabling WLAN connectivity to Verizon Hot Spots, bar code scanning and connectivity to Bluetooth-enabled products. In addition, Socketâ€™s Wireless LAN card and its Connection Kit with BluetoothÂ® Wireless Technology are the only SDIO plug-in cards to be tested and approved for use with Hitachiâ€™s recently announced Windows Mobile-based PCS Phone, Model SH-G1000, offered nationwide to Sprint customers.
â€œEnterprises are continually seeking ways to efficiently and cost-effectively extend connectivity to their mobile workers,â€ said Peter Phillips, Socketâ€™s vice president of marketing. â€œWindows Mobile-based Pocket PCs offer these professionals a convenient mobile device for leveraging the rapidly expanding wireless communications infrastructure, including Wi-Fi and Hot Spots. Socket is pleased to be an approved supplier of Secure Digital IO wireless LAN and Bluetooth solutions for both Samsung and Hitachi.â€
â€œDeveloping mobile computing solutions is new to many organizations, and Socket has taken a lead role in enabling the extension of the Windows Mobile platform by providing WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity as well as scanning capability for these mobile devices,â€ said Julie Wymetalek, manager of the Mobility Partner Advisory Council at Microsoft Corp. â€œWe are pleased to see their success in working with Samsung and Hitachi to provide Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to users of their Windows Mobile-based devices.â€
SD is an acronym for Secure Digital, a technology standard for providing portable devices with non-volatile storage and peripheral I/O expansion capability. SDIO is a superset of the SD Memory specification. It enables I/O expansion for peripherals such as wireless LAN or Bluetooth cards. SDIO products utilize BSQUARE Corporation's SDIO Now! system software.
Socket is a member of the Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC), a unique partner program developed by Microsoft to serve as a focused feedback mechanism for Microsoft Windows Mobile platform development, and provide leading companies with the tools and resources they need to bring the most innovative and successful mobility solutions to market.
About Socket Communications
Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connectionâ„¢ Company, provides the broadest range of connectivity products for Windows Mobile-based computers, focusing on handhelds including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Windows CE devices, Palm PDAs and mobile phones. Socketâ€™s Mobility Friendlyâ„¢ products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery FriendlyÂ® power consumption in their class. Socket's Embedded Systems Group provides solutions using mobilityICâ„¢ interface chips, KwikBlueâ„¢ modules with embedded Bluetooth wireless technology and a family of bar code scanning products. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or www.socketcom.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 may be those of their respective owners. Â© 2004, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
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