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WiQuest Announces Wireless USB Drivers for Windows Vista(TM) Operating System; Drivers Extend WiQuest's Gigabit Total Solution.

ALLEN, Texas -- WiQuest Communications, Inc., the leading fabless semiconductor company developing complete ultrawideband (UWB) solutions, today announced the availability of Windows Vista drivers for its range of wireless USB reference designs including the wireless USB Adapter, 4-port Hub, PCIe Mini Card and PCIe Half Mini Card. These drivers are based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB-IF, and have been tested to work seamlessly with Windows Vista Operating System Release Candidate 1 (RC1). With the announcement of Windows Vista support, WiQuest is the first to provide its customers with a total wireless USB solution running on the Windows Vista operating system.

"It is critical to our customers, who are time-to-market leaders in their industries, that WiQuest's products support Windows Vista, before it is released for consumers in January 2007," said Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, WiQuest founder, CEO and president. "This pro-active approach makes WiQuest the ideal technology partner for wireless USB."

WiQuest's software running under Windows Vista enables the user to manage device discovery, association, security and connection. The software also conforms to the Certified Wireless USB Association Models specification and includes drivers and firmware for host and device.

WiQuest is the only UWB silicon manufacturer that has a total solution approach that includes chipset, reference designs, and Windows software drivers for both XP and now Windows Vista. The WiQuest WQST110 and WQST101 chipset is the industry's first commercially-available, high-performance UWB silicon that leverages and extends the significant wireless performance advantage offered by UWB. With its unprecedented 1 Gbps wireless technology, the WQST110/101 chipset enables a new breed of applications previously considered unfeasible. No longer constrained by bandwidth or wires, consumers will quickly appreciate the benefits of this newly-found wireless performance through enjoying and sharing digital content, gaming and multimedia anytime and anywhere, without the need for connectors or a fistful of cables.

The WQST110 includes a WiMedia-based UWB media access controller (MAC), physical layer (PHY) baseband processor and integrated USB 2.0 high-speed transceiver, thereby making the solution cost-effective, compact and efficient. The WQST101 is a direct conversion UWB RF transceiver.

WiQuest's WQST100EVK Evaluation Kit, wireless USB Adapter, 4-port Hub, and PCIe Mini Card and PCIe Half Mini Card reference designs are available to manufacturers. Products based upon Windows Vista drivers will be shipping to consumers in early 2007. All of the reference designs are based on the Certified Wireless USB technology from the USB Implementers Forum. These reference designs offer the most complete UWB solutions on the market today.

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.

Windows Vista is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. WiQuest is a registered trademark of WiQuest Communications, Inc.
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