Ashvattha Gets Patent

Ashvattha Semiconductor receives patent #6,486,534 for isolation technology that enables multimode, GPS-enabled wireless devices

February 11, 2003

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SAN DIEGO -- Ashvattha Semiconductor, Inc., a provider of highly integrated radio frequency (RF) chips for the wireless market, today announced that it has been issued patent #6,486,534 for the company's isolation technology, which supports the creation of multi-mode, multi-standard radios on just one RF chip. The newly patented isolation technology is one of the keys behind Ashvattha's Multi-Mode Engine (MME) technology, which enables the development of smaller, low-cost, high-performance wireless devices that can support multiple applications simultaneously. Using this patented technology, Ashvattha was the first company to successfully integrate multiple RF front ends that combine Bluetooth, GPS and GSM/GPRS functionality into one cost-effective chip. Several key customers have signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) upon seeing the results from Ashvattha's alpha chip, and the company is currently building a development platform that integrates its multi-functional RF front end with the baseband. "Multi-mode, multi-standard devices represent the future of the wireless industry, but in order to build that future, we needed to solve some difficult problems," said Kartik Sridharan, CEO of Ashvattha. "Our isolation technology does just that, enabling three disparate radio solutions to exist in the same chip. This enables Ashvattha and its wireless manufacturer customers to squeeze greater functionality out of wireless devices." By allowing capabilities such as GPS location and Bluetooth to be inexpensively added to wireless devices, Ashvattha enables manufacturers and carriers to drive new revenue and differentiate their devices and services - while also meeting FCC regulations such as the mandate to incorporate E-911 location capabilities into wireless devices. Devices that incorporate Ashvattha's chips also require fewer components, thereby simplifying the assembly process for wireless manufacturers as well as lowering the cost of the bill of materials. The alpha chip is available in initial quantities today and will be released for volume production in the second half of 2003. The Ashvattha architecture can also be easily modified to support other standards such as WCDMA and 802.11. Ashvattha Semiconductor Inc.

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