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BABT Product Service, Inc. and 7 layers AG Partner to Provide First North American Test and Qualification Service for Bluetooth-Enabled Devices.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2000

BABT Product Service, Inc., (BABT PS) providers of world-wide testing, certification and approvals management services, and 7 layers AG, a global provider of development, testing and qualification services for the wireless communications industry, announced today the completion of the first North American facility built exclusively for final test and qualification of Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology products. By virtue of 7 layers' proven Bluetooth experience and proprietary testing methodology, BABT PS will begin product testing in Dec. 2000.

The new BABT PS Bluetooth laboratory features a suite of highly specialized Rhode & Schwarz test and measurement equipment. The laboratory has been built in response to the explosive demand for new products featuring Bluetooth technology and is now part of BABT Product Service's comprehensive telecoms, EMC, radio, and product safety test facilities. 7 layers currently operates a Bluetooth test facility in Germany and manages several client owned test facilities in Europe and Asia.

"To further strengthen our position as a global certification leader, our customers can now take advantage of Bluetooth testing as part of a 'single-source' test and qualification solution," states John C. Vecchi, manager, U.S. Sales & Marketing for BABT Product Service. "The anticipated net effect for our Bluetooth customers is a significantly accelerated approvals process, reduced qualification costs and faster time-to-market in the U.S.and in other global markets," Vecchi continues.

BABT Product Service's Bluetooth facility is slated to be one of the first North American labs recognized as a formal Bluetooth Qualified Test Facility (BQTF). "In a proactive move to anticipate and support market requirements, we will provide our North American customers with a world-class service," states John Alves, CEO of BABT Product Service. "Our status as a Bluetooth test and qualification facility will serve as a valuable adjunct to our existing analog, digital, wireless and RF product certification offerings," explains Alves.

This co-operative effort combines decades of experience in the telecommunications and wireless technology industries. "In an effort to make the Bluetooth wireless technology successful, it is necessary to guarantee the conformity of each individual product. This will ensure smooth communication between products of various manufactures," states Dr. Hans-Juergen Meckelburg, member of the board of 7 layers.

"7 layers operates a GSM test facility in Irvine, Calif. that will compliment the BABT PS Bluetooth test facility, thus providing a more complete range of test services for wireless communications products," explains James Cunningham, technical manager and Bluetooth Qualification Body (BQB) at 7 layers Inc. in Irvine.

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth is an always-on, short-range radio technology, which facilitates the communication between electronic devices across limited distances without cables, wires, or any physical connection. Developed originally in the 1990's by mobile-phone maker Ericsson, Bluetooth has recently been promoted as a cross-industry standard by high-tech heavyweights Nokia, Intel (INTC), IBM (IBM), Toshiba (TOSBF), Microsoft (MSFT), Lucent (LU), Motorola (MOT), and 3Com (COMS), who joined forces with Ericsson in 1998 to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

About BABT Product Service

BABT Product Service is a TUV Sueddeutschland l BABT Company. The company is a leading supplier of test & certification solutions enabling manufacturers of telecommunications, radio and IT equipment to gain access to world markets. North American headquarters are at 4855 Patrick Henry Drive, Building 6, Santa Clara, Calif. 95054 and the East Coast office is located at 7 Sterling Road, N. Billerica, Mass. 01862. BABT Product Service may be reached by phone at 800/609-1287, by e-mail at america@babtps.com, or on the Internet at www.babtps.com.

About 7 layers

7 layers supports the developers and manufacturers of new communications technologies from technology development right through to qualification of chipsets, software, modules or end-user products. 7 layers has three authorized Bluetooth Qualification Bodies (BQB) located in the USA and Germany. The company maintains offices in the U.S. and Germany. U.S. headquarters are at 8 Pasteur, Suite 110, Irvine, Calif. 92618-3807. More info is available at http://www.7layers.com or by phone at 949/789-7543.
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