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WIDCOMM Announces Demo and Distribution Agreement with Broadcom; Broadcom to Team its Blutonium Chip with WIDCOMM's Bluetooth Software for Windows.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2001

WIDCOMM(R) Inc., a leader in short-range wireless communications and Bluetooth networking, today announced an agreement with Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq:BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications. The agreement allows Broadcom(R) to demonstrate and distribute WIDCOMM's BTW Bluetooth Communications Software for Windows(R) with Broadcom's Blutonium(TM) chipsets.

Broadcom's Bluetooth customers will be able to evaluate WIDCOMM's BTW protocol stack and the Broadcom BCM2033 single-chip solution for Bluetooth wireless applications together. Broadcom will distribute an evaluation copy of WIDCOMM's BTW for customers interested in the combined solution.

Broadcom's BCM2033 single chip solution consists of a Bluetooth v1.1 qualified radio and baseband integrated together to provide a high performance, low power single chip solution. WIDCOMM's BTW provides an upper layer protocol stack, an extensive array of Bluetooth profiles, an integrated user interface, and localization support for multiple languages. Currently BTW supports the Windows(R) 98SE, Windows(R) Me and Windows(R) 2000 platforms; soon it will also support Windows(R) XP. The combined offering is a turnkey Bluetooth solution for PC OEMs and is fully compliant with v.1.1 of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) standard.

"We chose to distribute WIDCOMM's software because its BTW application works seamlessly with Broadcom's Blutonium products to provide reliable, feature-rich Bluetooth applications for the Windows environment," commented Scott Bibaud, Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Bluetooth products. "Now customers will be able to evaluate both premier products at the same time and be assured of strict compliance with Bluetooth's interoperability standards."

"WIDCOMM's BTW running on Broadcom's chipset gives Broadcom customers a complete solution that enables them to produce prototypes earlier and bring products to market faster," said Ron Wong, WIDCOMM's Director of Marketing.

WIDCOMM's core Bluetooth protocol software is the world's first Bluetooth Qualification Body (BQB)-certified product. Similarly, Broadcom's BCM2001, another product in the Blutonium family, was the world's first radio transceiver developed in a standard digital CMOS process to achieve BQB certification.

About WIDCOMM

WIDCOMM, Inc. ("Wireless Internet and Data/Voice Communications"), is a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions based on Bluetooth technology. WIDCOMM is the first company to take Bluetooth from a cable replacement technology to the next level -- networking -- and the first to bring certified Bluetooth software to the world. Developers can build their own Bluetooth applications and products with WIDCOMM's broad line of development kits. The company's mission is to create core technologies that enable leading consumer electronics, networking, telecommunication and semiconductor companies to bring complete, interoperable Bluetooth networking solutions to market quickly and easily. For more information, please visit www.WIDCOMM.com.

Note to Editors: Broadcom(R) and Blutonium(TM) are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. and licensed to WIDCOMM. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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