SOURCE: iPackets International, Inc.

September 20, 2006 09:45 ET

iPackets Introduces an Updated Version of Its Advanced iPMine-M8 810A Tracking Device With the ARM7 System-on-Chip

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- iPackets International, Inc. ("iPackets") (PINKSHEETS: IPKL), a developer and provider of wireless communications solutions for the global mine-safety industry, announced today that it has introduced an updated version of its Advanced iPMine-M8 810A tracking device with the ARM7 system-on-chip.

On July 11, 2006, iPackets announced the introduction of a new compact tracking device, iPMine-M8 810C, based on the ARM7 system-on-chip. iPackets has successfully implemented and tested the same ARM7 technology on its Advanced iPMine-M8 810A model.

The new Advanced iPMine-M8 810A tracking device with the ARM7 system-on-chip will have a faster response time and is lighter than the previous model, which was based on a PCMCI Wi-Fi card. In addition, iPackets will be able to reduce the overall size of the new Advanced iPMine-M8 810A enclosure which will make it smaller and further reduces its weight. iPackets is planning on demonstrating the new Advanced iPMine-M8 810A tracking device in an upcoming trip to China in the coming weeks.

"The new Advanced iPMine-M8 810A tracking and communication device can now benefit from the features our Compact iPMine-M8 810C models enjoy, as they can utilize the power available in an ARM7 processor," said Kouros Goodarzi, Vice President of Engineering of iPackets. Mr. Goodarzi also added that "smaller form factor and weight, reduced manufacturing cost, and uniform design and development platform will be added values to our customers."

"The ARM7 family of processors are designed and optimized for mobile and embedded devices. We can also take advantage of the ARM7 processor variations targeted for wireless devices and mobile multimedia portals," said Ara Bedrossian, chief technology officer of iPackets. "These are the features that are planned in our product roadmap and we strongly believe that the ARM family of processors will be the best fit for us to achieve our product goals."

About the Mining and Mine Safety Industries in China

China comprises more than 280,000 mining enterprises, of which 80,000 are state-owned. There are over 25,000 state-owned coal mines in China, of which over 700 are classified as large mines. Mine safety has been a major issue in the Chinese mining industry, with more than 6,000 miners killed in mining-related accidents in China last year; independent estimates say the real figure could be as high as 20,000. According to Chinese government statistics, more than 12.2 million people were employed as miners in 2005, and approximately 7.0 million of these were coal miners.

About iPackets International, Inc. and iPMine

iPackets International is a developer and provider of wireless communications solutions for the global mine-safety industry. iPMine, designed to significantly improve the safety of miners and equipment, is a real-time two-way wireless communications solution that tracks, monitors, and communicates with miners and equipment underground and above ground. Location information of both miners and equipment is collected and displayed live on one or more monitoring stations against a background of a mine's terrain map. iPMine's scalability and flexibility features make it ideal to be deployed in any size mine supporting multiple levels and/or sites. iPMine's redundant communications feature makes the system highly reliable to efficiently operate in the harsh mining environment. For more information, please visit

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