Data Evolution Corporation
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Data Evolution Corporation

January 11, 2008 12:02 ET

Data Evolution Joins Whirlpool Brand for Return to Consumer Electronics Show

Whirlpool centralpark Connection Refrigerator Integrates New Clio Vu - Debut at 2008 CES Attention Technology/Business Editor

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA and LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2008) - Data Evolution Holdings, Inc.'s (PINK SHEETS:DTEV) wholly-owned subsidiary, Data Evolution Corporation (DEC), today announced its partnership agreement with Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) pursuant to which DEC is the worldwide, exclusive provider of large screen format computing devices compatible with Whirlpool's centralpark™ connection refrigerator models.

The kitchen is increasingly known as the "family nerve center," where dinner is cooked, friends and family gather, kids do homework and parents pay bills. Whirlpool brand has incorporated these kitchen consumer insights into the development of the centralpark™ connection, a refrigerator (Model # GD5VVAXT) with a plug-and- play platform, adding functionality for today's digital consumer. More than 30 percent(i) of laptop computer, digital photo frame and digital music player owners currently use their devices in the kitchen - making the centralpark™ connection a natural step in appliance evolution. The product also helps today's digital consumer clear their countertops while powering their devices in one centralized location: the refrigerator.

With the life cycle of appliances being significantly longer than that of consumer electronics, Whirlpool brand's platform offers industry-first flexibility. The centralpark™ connection allows consumers to update their electronics at anytime so multiple devices can be used interchangeably right on the refrigerator door. Consumers also may remove the devices for a more standard refrigerator facade. Concepts shown at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show include Data Evolution's Clio® Vu convertible tablet computer.

"We are proud to be working with Whirlpool and their innovative centralpark™ design," said Robert Sowah, DEC's Chief Executive Officer, "and the overwhelming enthusiasm for the new Clio Vu design at CES 2008 has validated our exciting partnership."

Currently, the centralpark™ connection is available at Best Buy and hhgregg with an MSRP of $1,999.

Clio Vu by Data Evolution

Clio Vu, a convertible tablet computer utilizing the Clio's familiar, award-winning 180 degree SwingTop® design, is one of the latest options to help clear refrigerators of sticky notes, traditional notepads and calendars, while keeping grocery lists and schedules organized. The Clio Vu, equipped with Wi-Fi, can be removed easily from the centralpark™ connection digital hub and brought along for trips to the corner coffee shop or other errands and activities. Using the touch screen, keypad or handwriting device, consumers are easily able to update their schedules and keep track of their home happenings, without the clutter. Also, the Clio Vu will give users the freedom to watch movies and look up recipes online while working in their kitchen. The Clio Vu comes pre-loaded with Cozi family organizational software.

The Consumer Electronics Association named the Whirlpool brand refrigerator with the centralpark™ connection as an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award Honoree in the Home Appliances product category. The compatible consumer electronics devices and refrigerator are sold separately. To learn more visit www.whirlpool.com/centralpark or www.dataevolution.com.

Whirlpool brand centralpark™ connection at CES:

(i) Whirlpool Brand Innovation Room - Sands Expo - Booth 70437MP

(i) Innovations Plus - Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian - Booth 70621

This release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic and business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

About Data Evolution

DEC is a provider of unique mobile and thin-client solutions, including the Clio® NXT™, the world's only full-sized, Windows CE, convertible notebook, the Cathena® family of user-friendly notebook computers, including the Cathena CX convertible UMPC, and the decTOP™, the world renowned mini desktop PC.

About Whirlpool Brand Refrigeration

With annual sales of approximately $18 billion and more than 73,000 employees, Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool brand refrigeration strives to help make consumers more efficient and improve their productivity in the kitchen. The brand enables consumers to get more done with refrigeration features such as Fast Fill and Measured Fill technologies, the Fast Fill feature fills any size container twice as fast compared to previous Whirlpool dispensers and Measured Fill dispenses water in measured amounts - cups, ounces, and liters - at the touch of a button. Recognizing that space is at a premium in many homes, Whirlpool brand refrigeration developed the In-Door-Ice® system, an ice collection bin installed on the inside of the freezer door to maximize storage on freezer shelves, while producing ice just as quickly as traditional ice makers. For additional information regarding Whirlpool brand refrigeration please visit http://www.whirlpool.com . Information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com .

(i) Forrester Custom Consumer Research on behalf of Whirlpool Corporation.

Contact Information

  • Data Evolution Corporation
    Robert J. Sowah, Chief Executive Officer
    United States
    877-693-3210 (U.S. and Canada)/202-449-9744 (International)
    877-693-3212 (U.S. and Canada)/504-342-4279 (International) (FAX)
    or
    Canada
    613-233-7075
    613-233-7410 (FAX)
    www.dataevolution.com