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MOBILITY ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCES NEW PATENT THAT STRENGTHENS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POSITION.

Mobility Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOBE), has been awarded a new patent that strengthens the company's intellectual property holdings in the docking field. The new patent covers important functionality and techniques for docking through a handheld or notebook computer's CardBus interface.

More specifically, the newly issued patent (U.S. Patent # 6,256,691) covers the techniques required for "hot docking," which allows the connection of a portable computer to a docking station through a PCMCIA/CardBus slot while the computer is already operational. Without using this intellectual property, the user would have to restart their computer every time they desired to connect to their docking station and peripherals. This "hot docking" capability is a key feature in Mobility Electronics EasiDock products, differentiating them from competing docking stations that force users to re-boot when adding devices.

"Hot docking is one of the many capabilities that make our line of universal docking products the best laptop docking solutions available today," said Charlie Mollo, CEO and president of Mobility Electronics. "This patent further expands Mobility Electronics' growing portfolio of patents, patents pending and intellectual property, which currently total more than 30. Increasing our IP holdings is an important element of Mobility Electronics' business plan because it solidifies our leadership in the universal docking and PCI expansion field, increases the barriers to entry for potential competitors and lays the groundwork for sustained long-term growth."

Split Bridge Technology allows the extension of a computer's main PCI bus to a remote location. With bi-directional bandwidth of 1.25 Gbps, Split Bridge technology is 100 times faster than USB technology today and is significantly faster and more fundamental than other connectivity technology such as FireWire and USB 2.0. Mobility Electronics' Split Bridge technology won the PC Week Best New Technology Award at COMDEX Fall 1999 and received honorable mention at the March 2000 Mobile Insights conference for the Technology Achievement Innovation of the Year.

Universal Docking Solution is an emerging connectivity standard for expansion and universal docking that is being pioneered by Mobility Electronics, Molex, Silicon Image and LSI Logic. Universal Docking Solution combines the power of USB, Split Bridge, DVI (digital visual interface) and analog video in one, small, new interface that can replace numerous connectors on today's portable computers. By combining so many technologies into one low-cost, universally compatible, high-performance interface, Universal Docking Solution provides the foundation for tomorrow's approach to docking and system expansion.
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Date:Jul 9, 2001
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