XtremeSpectrum Offers Free UWB

'Letter of Assurance' promises that XtremeSpectrum's UWB IP will be available to all, royalty-free, if its proposal is selected as the IEEE 802.15.3a standard

October 29, 2003

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VIENNA, Va. -- Underscoring its commitment to provide universal access to its essential intellectual property, XtremeSpectrum, the leading provider of ultra-wideband semiconductor solutions, has filed a second "Letter of Assurance for Essential Patents" with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE). This letter assures the IEEE that XtremeSpectrum will offer RAND-Z (reasonable and non-discriminatory-zero licensing) access to the essential patents pertaining to XtremeSpectrum's proposal currently being considered for the IEEE802.15.3a standard, the high speed wireless PAN standard. The next step beyond a RAND filing, the RAND-Z guarantees that the essential intellectual property within the XtremeSpectrum proposal will be available, royalty-free, to all of industry to the extent the proposal is selected as the IEEE 802.15.3a standard.

"In July, XtremeSpectrum filed a RAND letter with the IEEE, asserting our commitment to provide our ultra-wideband intellectual property at reasonable licensing fees," said Martin Rofheart, CEO of XtremeSpectrum. "At the July and September meetings of the IEEE 802.15.3a Working Group, it became clear that for a standard to be confirmed, it must not have any licensing 'strings' attached--it must be royalty free. With this filing, we believe we are eliminating any licensing concerns with respect to the XtremeSpectrum proposal and moving one step closer to enabling the broad consumer adoption that the industry desires."

The announcement, made two weeks before the IEEE's next meeting being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, assures voting members of the IEEE that the XtremeSpectrum proposal will offer a standard unencumbered by essential IP, thus allowing it to be adopted industry wide. The proposal, also supported by Motorola, ParthusCeva, Oki Semiconductor and CRL (Communications Research Laboratory), remains a leading candidate for the 802.15.3a standard and the only proposal that currently has been implemented in silicon chips.

XtremeSpectrum Inc.

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