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KYOCERA Wireless 200 Module to Power First-Ever CDMA-Based M2M Solution for Opto 22

Superior coverage network and enhanced functionality driving demand for M2M solutions delivered over CDMA, world's fastest growing wireless technology

Atlanta -- (March 22, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, today announced the integration of the Kyocera 200 module with the SNAP I/O systems from Opto 22, a manufacturer of high quality hardware and software products for industrial automation. The Kyocera-Opto 22 solution provides enhanced wireless monitoring and control capabilities to enterprises deploying M2M applications such as monitoring and retrieving data from remotely located equipment, machines and systems.

Kyocera Wireless' CDMA module enables Opto 22 to deliver its comprehensive offering of M2M applications over the most widely deployed wireless technology in North America. Network coverage and reliability are primary considerations for M2M deployments requiring anytime access to remote systems and facilities. In addition to the coverage advantages it affords, CDMA's capacity and network stability for data applications surpass those of competing technologies, making it the most efficient and cost-effective wireless technology for M2M solutions and services.

"Businesses considering automated solutions for critical business functions need wireless technology that not only supports their immediate needs, but is also flexible and robust enough to accommodate the future needs and growth of their enterprise," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of the modules business at Kyocera Wireless. "By integrating our Kyocera 200 module into their industry proven hardware systems, Opto 22 is now able to deliver M2M solutions to businesses requiring the highest level of reliability, functionality and scalability only CDMA networks can support."

M2M is among the fastest growing industry segments in wireless. Analyst firm Gartner predicts that by 2007 there will be between 100 million and 160 million M2M connections worldwide working over mobile phone networks. With applications ranging from remote monitoring and data acquisition to fleet management and asset tracking, M2M solutions for businesses in a diverse range of industries are helping create operational efficiencies, often resulting in significant cost savings.

"We're pleased to now offer Opto 22's M2M business solutions to an even broader audience as a result of our integration with Kyocera's CDMA module," said Bob Sheffres, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Opto 22. "The performance we've experienced with CDMA technology from Kyocera Wireless has been among the highest we've seen among the wireless telemetry modules, radios and similar devices we've tested."

About the Kyocera 200 Module
The Kyocera 200 Module is designed to enable M2M and telemetry applications such as vehicle location, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, exception reporting and wireless point-of-sale terminals. The module is equipped with tri-mode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates. Other features and functions include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; AT command interface; dual UARTs; analog audio; two RF connectors; high-speed packet- and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.

The developer's kit and programming tools to support integration of wireless capability into OEM products and systems are available for purchase by module customers. For additional information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com/200_module/details_200module.htm

About Opto 22
Opto 22 manufactures and develops hardware and software products for applications in industrial automation, remote monitoring, and enterprise data acquisition. Using standard, commercially available Internet, networking and computer technologies, Opto 22's input/output and control systems allow customers to monitor, control and acquire data from all of the mechanical, electrical and electronic assets that are key to their business operations. Opto 22's products and services support automation end users, OEM's and information technology and operations personnel. Founded in 1974, and with over 80 million Opto 22-connected devices deployed worldwide, the company has an established reputation for quality and reliability.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, California, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.

Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2003, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$9 billion (JP¥ 1,069,770 million) with net income of approximately US$348 million (JP¥ 41,165 million).

©2004 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.


CONTACTS:

John Chier
Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone: 1-(858) 882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com

Leasa Ireland/Melody Brue
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless
phone: 310-796-1936
cellular: 213-364-8702
e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com


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