SOURCE: Socket Communications, Inc.

October 25, 2006 09:00 ET

Socket Communications Launches 802.11b/g Modules and Development Kits

802.11b/g Module Features Enterprise Class Security and Fast Roaming

NEWARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 25, 2006 -- Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced the availability of an 802.11b/g module and associated development kits to provide a world class WLAN hardware and software solution to its OEM customers. The 802.11b/g module supports multiple interfaces to provide added flexibility to OEM manufacturers requiring enterprise class WLAN solutions.

The newly implemented Socket fast roaming algorithm enables Wi-Fi based devices to seamlessly roam between access points in less than 200 milliseconds. This provides mobile users with the ability to have uninterrupted Voice over IP (VoIP) calls and a secure data connection while roaming in a closed WLAN environment. The fast roaming software is currently available free of charge to existing Socket CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) card users from the Socket support website.

"Secure Wi-Fi infrastructure in a closed environment is constantly gaining traction in corporate applications," said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket Communications. "Socket is committed to providing a complete Wi-Fi solution that supports enterprise class features and enables the increased productivity of a mobile worker."

"Socket has been able to create a seamless wireless user experience for all of our customers," said Shail Talati, product manager for the Socket WLAN division. "The 802.11b/g module incorporates the technology from our CF and SD WLAN cards, allowing OEM manufacturers to develop their products on a best-of-class platform."

Key Features:

--  Fast roaming -- Less than 200ms roaming enables an uninterrupted voice
    and data connection between multiple access points.
--  Supports multiple interfaces (CF/SDIO/SPI/HPI/EHPI) -- Enables
    flexibility in design consideration and broader market coverage.
--  Enterprise class security (WPA-2, AES) -- Meets industry standards for
    enterprise security.
--  Power Save Mode -- Longer battery life enables end-user device to work
    for 8-10 hours.
--  Bluetooth - WLAN co-existence ready.
--  Small Size -- Smaller footprint enables OEM partners to package more
    components and features in single device.
    
Specifications

The Socket 802.11b/g Module will be compatible with Windows CE 4.2/5.0, Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0. In addition, through the Socket OS development partner program, support for other specialized operating systems including Linux, ThreadX, VxWorks and other Real-Time Operating Systems is available.

Pricing and Availability: Samples of the Socket 802.11b/g WLAN Module and development kits supporting either CF or SD interfaces will be available on November 20th, 2006. Pricing can be obtained through the Socket OEM Sales group.

About Socket Communications

Socket Communications (NASDAQ: SCKT) develops and distributes a broad range of data collection and network connectivity products for mobile devices such as PDAs, Smartphones and tablet PCs. Working collaboratively with mobile solutions from leading Strategic Vertical Integrators, world-class 3rd party software developers and OEMs, Socket Mobility Friendly® products are proven to drive operational efficiencies, increase mobile workforce productivity, boost corporate performance and improve customer satisfaction. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or http://www.socketcom.com/pr225

Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, Increasing Mobile Productivity, 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. © 2006 Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact Information

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