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Ralink Technology's Wireless LAN Product Receives Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM) Certification and Selection in Test Bed by Wi-Fi Alliance(R).

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Ralink Technology, a leading developer of 802.11x WLAN chipsets, today announced that its product has received Wi-Fi Protected Setup certification and has been chosen by the Wi-Fi Alliance for inclusion in the Wi-Fi Protected Setup test bed. The WI-FI PROTECTED SETUP[TM] is the latest Wi-Fi Alliance consumer ease-of-use program, formerly code named "Wi-Fi Simple Config." Ralink's 802.11a/b/g client reference designs will be used in testing wireless products that are submitted for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup[TM] certification.

The program was designed based on a standardized method for security setup in home Wi-Fi networks and intended to ease installation and activation of security feature on a network to improve the home Wi-Fi user experience. Ralink currently supports two methods in setting up the security feature on a wireless network. In method one, the user enters a short PIN in the user interface and in method two, the user pushes a button on their access point or client device and that's it. Wi-Fi Protected Setup is also designed to support other methods, including Near Field Communication, in which a user simply touches a token or card to a device, and which is expected to be added to the certification program in the first half of 2007.

"Leading companies like Ralink Technology are committed to Wi-Fi Protected Setup as an industry-wide approach for easier setup of security-enabled Wi-Fi networks, and further enable market growth. Their support of the specification reflects the broad industry support for the best user experience," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director Frank Hanzlik.

To receive the Wi-Fi Protected Setup certification, Ralink developers planned, prepared and designed drivers based on the Simple Config Specification from Wi-Fi Alliance. Next, the developers pre-tested the drivers at multi-vendor plug fest using Wi-Fi Protected Setup[TM] test plan from Wi-Fi Alliance. Finally, the developers applied for the certification starting October 2006 and obtained the Wi-Fi Alliance Protected Setup Wi-Fi CERTIFIED[TM] designation in January 2007. The products with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for Wi-Fi Protected Setup are estimated to hit the mass market in January 2007.

"Having received the Wi-Fi Protected Setup certification and been selected as one of the test beds helps to assure our customers of our commitment to providing the highest quality WLAN chipsets with the very latest Wi-Fi security ease of use for all Wi-Fi products," said Rick Jeng, Executive Vice President of Ralink Technology. "The company will continue to innovate in areas that help us to deliver a better wireless user experience."

Currently shipping Ralink WLAN chipsets certified for Wi-Fi Protected Setup[TM] include the RT2600, RT5600, RT2501, and RT5201.

For more information about Ralink's WLAN chipsets, please visit:

About Ralink Technology

Ralink Technology Corporation is a leading innovator and developer of wireless LAN chipset solutions. Ralink 802.11x chipsets are recognized for superior throughput, extended range, low-power consumption and consistent reliability demanded by Wi-Fi, mobile and embedded applications. These feature-rich chipsets have a high level of chip integration for client and AP solutions for CB, miniPCI, PCI and USB interfaces, enabling customers to build smaller and more sophisticated mobile wireless products cost-effectively. Ralink's patented MIMObility[TM] technology extends Wi-Fi applications from traditional PC networking to a range of digital multimedia and handheld devices including cell phones, PDAs, cameras, print servers, HDTV and video game players. Ralink customers can look forward to continuous improvements in speed, bandwidth and reliability with emerging 802.11n solutions for next-generation high-performance Wi-Fi. Ralink Technology was founded in 2001 with headquarters in Hsin-chu, Taiwan and an R&D center in Cupertino, California. For more information, visit Ralink at
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Date:Jan 8, 2007
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