SOURCE: Kiyon, Inc.

December 21, 2006 08:00 ET

Kiyon and Siemens to Jointly Develop Advanced Multi-Hop UWB Mesh for Home Entertainment Networking

Combination of High-Performance Multi-Hop Mesh Software, UWB Chips, and Wireless Routers Open New Possibilities for IP Multimedia Services for Consumers

DALLAS, TX and SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 -- Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC and Kiyon, Inc. announced they are jointly developing an ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless multi-hop mesh solution for the home, capable of supporting high-definition video, IPTV, audio, VoIP, gaming, and more. Kiyon's embeddable multi-hop mesh routing software combined with Siemens' UWB wireless hardware will be designed to provide wireless delivery of high-definition video and any other IP traffic throughout the home. This new technology should make it possible for services providers, such as cable or telecommunications companies, to provide next-generation broadband services to homeowners without the need to install new cabling, reducing installation time and costs.

The joint development effort takes advantage of the Kiyon Multi-channel TDMA (KMT) software, which can be embedded in any RF device, including wireless access points, routers, and switches to transform any wireless network into a high-performance mesh for QoS (quality of service) sensitive media traffic such as IPTV and HD video. The KMT software is the first multi-hop UWB mesh implementation, and also features dynamic routing protocol (DRP). As a result, the UWB mesh will automatically adjust time slot allocations across the network based on changing traffic patterns, and levelizes UWB bandwidth throughput over several hops.

"The race to deliver convergent multimedia services will be won with in-home distribution," said Michael Nova, founder and CEO of Kiyon. "Convergence technology, such as VoIP and high-definition digital TV, can now be delivered over a high-speed Internet connection, but the challenge remains as to how to deliver these services to devices in the home. Kiyon's ultra-wideband wireless multi-hop mesh is the ideal solution, since it can be used across multiple rooms to connect displays, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and more, without having to string new cable. Working together, Kiyon and Siemens are one step closer to delivering interactive, on-demand multimedia services without the cost of rewiring your home."

"The first company to solve the in-home distribution challenge for advanced high-bandwidth services, such as high-definition video, will have a real leg up on the market," said Gerd Pasedag, President and CEO of Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC. "Working with Kiyon, we will demonstrate that we can solve this problem with a 'no new wires' approach using standards-based technology that delivers unprecedented performance."

Kiyon has already implemented its KMT software onto 802.11a/b/g devices and is shipping its BACnet WiFi mesh products for wireless building automation and KMT WiFi mesh for home and small business users. Kiyon executives indicate that, by working with Siemens, a commercially viable prototype of the high-performance UWB wireless mesh system is expected to be available for home use in early 2007.

About Kiyon

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Kiyon has been recognized worldwide with numerous awards for its innovative technology and product solutions. Kiyon's advanced wireless networking technology, which includes 11 patents, utilizes a standards-compliant, dynamic multi-channel TDMA MAC protocol and a mesh network software suite that addresses both quality of service (QoS) and capacity issues in any wireless network. Kiyon's software is capable of interfacing with any higher-level protocol such as 802.11a/b/g, WiMax and UWB, and operates on standard hardware platforms. Products include low cost indoor-outdoor wireless mesh routers for industrial and consumer applications, as well as wireless mesh software that can be embedded directly into OEM devices. For more information, please visit us at www.kiyon.com.

About Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices GmbH & Co KG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. These companies focus on the design, manufacturing and distribution of the full range of Siemens Gigaset products, including cordless phones, home media devices and broadband products and services which are designed to enable seamless, integrated communication solutions for service providers and consumers. More about Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices at http://subscriber.communications.siemens.com. Siemens is a registered trademark of Siemens AG and/or its affiliates.

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