SOURCE: Staccato Communications

August 11, 2005 15:38 ET

Paul Mockapetris Joins Staccato Communications' Advisory Board

DNS Inventor and Early Internet Pioneer Brings Extensive Internet Expertise and Experience in Successful Start-ups to the UWB Company

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 11, 2005 -- Staccato Communications, an ultrawideband (UWB) wireless technology pioneer, today announced that Paul Mockapetris has become a member of the company's advisory board. Wireless USB is the first large volume market to adopt and take advantage of UWB technology, but Internet Protocol (IP) is also quickly emerging as an important protocol layer. As an Internet pioneer and IP expert, Paul Mockapetris brings a wealth of experience to Staccato.

Mr. Mockapetris is an Internet advocate and investor. His primary research interests are in distributed systems and computer communication protocols. He is best known for creating the Domain Name Server (DNS), which is the key name registration basis for the Internet. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at the University of California, Irvine, on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and token ring designs. Accordingly, he is well known as a speaker and lecturer in several Internet areas.

"In the emerging UWB industry, Staccato has established itself as a leader in Wireless USB applications. The next major market we see will be Internet Protocol (IP) over UWB, which will emerge to support a number of critical applications in the coming years," said Roberto Aiello, co-founder and CTO, Staccato Communications. "Paul will help pioneer those techniques at Staccato and help sustain our technological leadership."

Mr. Mockapetris' Internet experience mirrors the development of the industry. At the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI), after working on the design of the SMTP protocol for email and its first implementation as part of the birth of the Internet in 1983, he took on the challenge of designing DNS, and then operated the original "root servers" for all Internet names.

Mr. Mockapetris has been associated with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since its creation in 1986, chaired several DNS and non-DNS working groups, and was chair of the IETF from 1994 to 1996. The IETF continues to be the focus of new applications and extensions to DNS.

From 1995 on, Mr. Mockapetris held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking start-ups, including @Home, (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks). He is currently chairman and chief scientist of Nominium, the leading provider of IP address infrastructure solutions for Global 2000 companies.

Mr. Mockapetris received his degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, and his Ph.D. in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine, in 1982.

Paul Mockapetris joins Morio Kurosaki, president of IT-Farm, a Japan-U.S. venture capital company and Lee Van Pelt, a patent attorney who specializes in IP strategy.

About Staccato Communications

Staccato Communications, based in San Diego, Calif., is an Ultrawideband (UWB) technology pioneer with applications expertise in Wireless USB, Bluetooth and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity. The fabless semiconductor company serves the mobile phone, personal computing and consumer electronics industries with small form factor single-chip, all-CMOS wireless system-in-packages (SiP). Staccato's offerings include PHY, MAC, drivers, application software, development kits and reference designs. Founded by wireless industry veterans who have delivered highly successful solutions for mobile phones, Bluetooth and WiFi, Staccato is now leveraging that expertise for UWB-based applications. For more information, please visit

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