HP Imbeds Etenna's Antenna

Etenna's EA2400 AccuWave antenna has a compact form factor that allows it to mount directly on HP's notebook PC Bluetooth modules

June 18, 2003

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LAUREL, Md. -- Etenna Corporation, an antenna developer for commercial wireless applications, today announced its EA2400 AccuWave(tm) antenna will be integrated into several of HP's leading lines of notebook PCs to support Bluetooth "wireless cable" operations.

The first commercial HP product to contain Etenna's AccuWave antenna within its Bluetooth module will be the HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000, newly released this week. The HP Compaq nc4000 notebook PC's integrated Bluetooth "wireless cable" module supports increased mobility by enabling consumers to connect to items such as printers without using inconvenient wired cables.

Etenna's EA2400 AccuWave antenna provides unbeatable antenna efficiency at an attractive price. It is also half the size of typical market alternatives and boasts a unique tabletop form factor that delivers greater flexibility in circuit board or module design. The unique form factor of the EA2400 AccuWave allows the antenna to straddle a variety of other components already mounted on the board, thus freeing up valuable circuit board surface area.

A key part of the antenna's superior performance is its ability to deliver high efficiency without frequency detuning regardless of its location within a device or product. This means that manufacturers can use the same antenna within a variety of devices, thus saving the company both design time and inventory costs.

In contrast, the performance of most standard antennas can be adversely affected by changing the antenna's location within the device and the components located around it often detuning 10 times more than the EA2400. This means that manufacturers using standard antennas must design a different circuit board configuration for each device to ensure consistent RF performance, or order a variety of antennas for different applications.

"We are honored to have an industry leader such as HP incorporate our AccuWave antennas into their notebook computers," said Etenna's president and CEO, Steven Grossman.

The EA2400 AccuWave antenna operates at 2.4 GHz, is 10 mm x 14 mm x 2.4 mm and weighs less than 0.25 grams. It is up to 10 times smaller and 100 times lighter than other alternatives on the market for Bluetooth and 802.11b/g applications.

"HP is committed to delivering market-leading products that combine the latest innovations with the highest performance to deliver superior value to customers," said Kevin Frost, vice president of worldwide marketing with HP's Personal Systems Group. "The HP Compaq nc4000 delivers the power of a desktop and the flexibility of wireless technology in one lightweight, durable notebook - thus giving consumers unprecedented freedom and performance even in demanding environments."

Etenna Corp.

Hewlett-Packard Co.

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