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Belkin Selects WiQuest as Wireless USB Chipset Supplier.

Belkin First in Industry to Announce Aftermarket Product Based on Certified Wireless USB

ALLEN, Texas & COMPTON, Calif. -- WiQuest Communications, Inc., the leading fabless semiconductor company developing complete Ultrawideband (UWB) solutions, and Belkin today announce that WiQuest has been selected as the wireless USB chipset supplier for Belkin's wireless USB 4-Port Hub and Adapter. Belkin is one of the world's leading manufacturers of peripherals and connectivity solutions for computer and consumer electronics users. Belkin's wireless USB 4-port Hub and Adapter are the first products announced that are based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum. Certified Wireless USB is the first high-speed personal interconnect technology combining the speed and security of wired Hi-Speed USB with the ease-of-use of wireless technology. It is backward compatible with wired USB, which has an estimated installed base of over 1 billion ports.

"WiQuest's product readiness was a critical reason for our decision to partner," said Mark Reynoso, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Belkin. "In addition, WiQuest's end-to-end solution approach, product roadmap and technical support were critical requirements in selecting WiQuest and to ensure that we capture the leadership position in wireless USB and maintain our leadership position in accessory products."

"We are pleased to partner with Belkin, the time to market leader in PC peripherals and connectivity solutions. This complements WiQuest's industry leadership in delivering products based on Certified Wireless USB," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, WiQuest founder, CEO and president. "WiQuest has promised that products based on our chipset would be announced by the end of 2006. Belkin has taken the lead in making it a reality."

In addition to the Wireless USB 4-Port Hub and Adapter, WiQuest has announced the availability of additional reference designs based on Certified Wireless USB including a wireless USB PCIe half mini card and mini card. WiQuest's complete solution consists of silicon, manufacturing diagnostics, small form factor reference designs (HWA and DWA), drivers, firmware, Windows[R] XP application software, and 'Quick Start' guides.

About Belkin Group Ltd.

Belkin offers a diverse product mix that provides people with seamless electronics integration in their homes, cars, and on the go. Founded in California in 1983, Belkin is a privately held company and the recognized leader in connectivity solutions, in addition to accessories for iPod[R] devices, computers, and more. We provide extensive solutions for networking, home theater Co with our PureAV[R] line of cables, power, and digital wireless accessories Co and many more categories. You can view and purchase them at www.belkin.com, as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.

About WiQuest Communications

WiQuest Communications, Inc. is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company that designs and develops complete ultrawideband solutions for PC, consumer electronics and mobile systems companies worldwide. The company builds leading-edge products based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB-IF for high-speed wireless communications using WiMedia ultrawideband technology.

Founded in September 2003, WiQuest's strong team comprises hundreds of years of collective industry semiconductor and system experience, resulting in dozens of successful high-volume product implementations including Wireless LAN, DSL, and Ethernet solutions. To learn more about WiQuest, visit www.WiQuest.com.

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