SOURCE: Socket Mobile

March 05, 2008 06:30 ET

Socket Mobile Achieves CCX Version 4 Certification for CompactFlash Wireless LAN Card and Embedded Radio Module

The Socket Mobile Go Wi-Fi! Radio Module and Enhanced Wi-Fi Companion Software Enables OEM Customers to Leverage CCX Certification Features in Their Application Specific Devices

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), dba Socket Mobile, Inc., an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced that its Go Wi-Fi! P500 CompactFlash (CF) Card and P700 embedded radio module have been certified for Version 4 of Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) for Application Specific Devices. OEM handheld device manufacturers now have the ability to leverage a broad range of Cisco Wi-Fi innovations such as robust security, improved quality of service, centralized administration and enhanced voice capabilities by embedding Socket Mobile Wireless LAN (WLAN) cards and modules in their designs and using the Socket Mobile Enhanced Wi-Fi Companion Software (e-WFC). For many OEMs this capability opens up new markets and opportunities and enhances the value of their devices.

"Enhanced Wi-Fi Companion software with Cisco Compatible Extensions continues the long heritage of Socket Mobile providing the business mobility industry with open systems software, enabling third party OEM customers to embed our WLAN modules in their products and reap the benefits of CCX 4.0 certification," said Les Lee, vice president of OEM sales at Socket Mobile. "OEM customers worldwide can quickly and easily obtain the latest in Wi-Fi hardware and software certifications, take advantage of broad industry accepted standards, and improve the positioning of their products for adoption into complex corporate infrastructures."

With Cisco products in nearly two-thirds of enterprise wireless LAN, or Wi-Fi®, infrastructures today, most business organizations demand that the Wi-Fi radios in their mobile devices bear the Cisco Compatible seal, which is earned through the CCX program. The CCX specification defines the set of features needed for a Wi-Fi radio or a client device that uses a Wi-Fi Radio, to be deemed "compatible" with a Cisco wireless LAN infrastructure. Although Cisco has published five versions of its CCX specifications, today a product can be certified only for the two most recent versions: Version 4 (V4) or V5. The Socket Mobile CCX V4 certification has unique advantages for OEMs that are seeking to offer state-of-the-art WLAN solutions.

Reference to Socket Mobile CCX compatibility can currently be found on the Cisco Web Site

For a list of key features, refer to our recent press release: Socket Mobile Releases Cisco Certified Enhanced Wi-Fi Companion Software

Availability and Pricing

Socket Mobile e-WFC is available worldwide bundled with a WLAN plug-in CF card or embedded module to businesses using third party Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 supported devices. The following SKUs are available with an MSRP starting at $134.95. For module pricing, please contact the OEM sales group directly.

WL6014-680      Go Wi-Fi! P500, CF 802.11g Card (N Am/HK)
                with e-WFC
WL6015-681      Go Wi-Fi! P500, CF 802.11g Card (N Am/HK)
                with e-WFC - 20 Pack
WL6020-686      Go Wi-Fi! P500, CF 802.11g Card (Intl) with
                e-WFC
WL6021-687      Go Wi-Fi! P500, CF 802.11g Card (Intl) with
                e-WFC - 20 Pack

For more product information visit the e-WFC and the WLAN module web pages.

About Socket Mobile

Socket Mobile makes mobility computing and productivity work. The company is a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems, offering a handheld mobile computer specifically designed for business mobility use and an extensive portfolio of essential mobile data collection and networking peripherals that enable mobile automation and productivity increases. The company also offers OEM solutions. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or www.socketmobile.com.

Socket, SoMo, Wi-Fi Companion and Go Wi-Fi! are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc., dba Socket Mobile, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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