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IBM AWARDS CDPD DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO PCSI, REAFFIRMING ITS COMMITMENT TO EMERGING WIRELESS STANDARD

 IBM AWARDS CDPD DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT TO PCSI,
 REAFFIRMING ITS COMMITMENT TO EMERGING WIRELESS STANDARD
 SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Communication Sciences Inc. (PCSI), the San Diego-based telecommunications company, announced today the award of a significant development contract from International Business Machines Corp. Inc. (NYSE: IBM)(IBM) to develop and supply CDPD (cellular digital packet data) subscriber unit modules for integration into IBM personal computer products. Consistent with IBM's practice, the announcement of specifics regarding the modules and platforms will await a statement of general availability. This initial contract specifically covers development and supply of pre-production modules, and is believed to be the first public announcement of a commitment to CDPD by a major personal computer manufacturer. IBM is regarded as the pioneer of CDPD. IBM has worked closely with the consortium of nine cellular providers to develop the CDPD concept. Operational service may begin as early as the middle of 1993.
 The CDPD concept permits the transmission of mobile data during the idle times of existing cellular channels and supports burst rates from the subscriber units comparable to high-speed wireline modems. CDPD has the further advantage of reusing the cellular voice infrastructure of the cellular operators and of permitting cellular telephony capability to be added to wireless PCs for a modest cost increase. Although the basic concept can work with a variety of worldwide analog cellular standards, the North American AMPS system will be the first such operational system with a near-term potential for expansion in other countries that have adopted the AMPS standard.
 Bruce Claflin, general manager, Mobile Computing, IBM Personal Computer Co. stated, "IBM is pleased to announce this contract as further affirmation of IBM's commitment and dedication to the CDPD concept and IBM's leadership position in wireless communications. IBM's objective is to have wireless CDPD capability in time for the anticipated roll-out of the CDPD infrastructure in the U.S. IBM will demonstrate CDPD capability fully integrated in an IBM THINKPAD 700 at COMDEX next week. The solution that IBM and PCSI have evolved for IBM products should be a harbinger of the "wireless future." Techniques and technologies will be used that permit the ready integration of high-speed terrestrial, CDPD wireless, and cellular telephony voice services into a single platform in a very cost- effective, highly integrated manner. We believe that our selection of PCSI will ensure IBM of a timely introduction of products into the marketplace."
 Michael L. Lubin, executive vice president of PCSI stated, "PCSI has been assessing mobile data communications as a strategic business area since its founding days in 1987. We have participated in the development of a number of mobile communication technologies including meteor burst, mobile satellite and special mobile radio, but always felt that re-use of the cellular infrastructure would be a superior approach, if only a standard would emerge supported by leading service providers as well as computer and cellular manufacturers. We are obviously honored that IBM has selected PCSI as the developer of its initial sub-system."
 IBM and the consortium of cellular providers announced their cooperation in promoting the CDPD concept in March 1992. PCSI was announced as the prime contractor for development of the CDPD specification and the conduct of field trials now underway in the San Jose area at an industry seminar held in San Jose on May 22, 1992.
 IBM is a leading supplier of personal computing products, including a complete range of mobile-computing systems.
 PCSI, a privately held company founded in 1987, develops and supplies technologies for global communications, corporate networking and mobile and personal communications products. PCSI offers products and technologies in the cordless telephone, secure radio, mobile data, aeronautical and digital cellular arenas. PCSI is headquartered in San Diego.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Lubin, executive VP, or Brandon Nixon, product line manager, wireless communications, or Kim Fedderly-Gower, director, corporate communications of Pacific Communication Sciences, 619-535-9500/
 (IBM) CO: Pacific Communication Sciences Inc.; IBM Corp. Inc. ST: California IN: TLS CPR SU: CON


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