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Digi International and KYOCERA Wireless Team Up for Three New Wireless Gateway / Router Products

Digi Connect WAN, Digi Connect RG and Digi Connect VPN Make Seamless, Always-On Enterprise Communication Easy and Cost-Effective

SAN DIEGO and MINNETONKA, Min. -- (February 15, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, and Digi International, a leading supplier of device networking technology, today announced a family of Ethernet-to-wireless gateway/router products that utilize CDMA technology and the award-winning Kyocera 200 module to enable cost-effective, always-on, wireless networking and secure communication capabilities. The new products, the Digi Connect® WAN (wide area network), Digi Connect® WAN Remote Gateway (RG) and Digi Connect® WAN VPN (virtual private network), have been approved for use with two of the largest CDMA wireless carriers in North America.

The new family of Digi Connect WAN products utilizes CDMA technology to create cost-effective alternatives to wireline networks as well as wireless backup to traditional landline networks. Offering more than a basic wireless modem, the new Digi Connect products include routing, firewall, and virtual private network (VPN) features with unique Digi SureLink technology for "always-on," real-time connections.

"The Kyocera 200 Module integration provides users with the ability to remotely process more data at higher speeds than GSM, which brings a new level of functionality to Digi International's highly regarded product line," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of the M2M division at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "These products are easy to install and easy to use, ultimately saving time and money for enterprises that need to monitor, track, report and repair remote equipment."

"Kyocera Wireless brings a cost-effective, high-speed wireless communications solution that is easy to integrate for a variety of software and equipment across many different industries," said Steve Ericson, director, product management, Digi International. "Our customers get real-time communication ability from virtually anywhere and the wireless service providers get a product that uses the CDMA network efficiently and to its full advantage. Our collaboration is a win for everyone."

Digi Connect WAN CDMA products are ideal for applications where it's necessary to bypass a customer's network in order to service equipment, or in remote offices and locations where traditional landline networked equipment is not available or cost prohibitive. For instance, by implementing Digi Connect RG, a serial-to-cellular gateway, technicians in industries such as utilities can bypass an organization's network and gain instant access to remote metering equipment and troubleshoot device problems in real time, without having to travel to the remote site for costly on-site repairs.

For banking and finance, Digi Connect VPN creates a secure virtual private network via the CDMA cellular network, providing private and protected data transmission for sensitive, mission-critical applications such as ATMs and credit card equipment. In addition, it creates a static IP connection to a remote site, which enables the host to easily communicate with the remote device while communicating across different network areas and carrier networks and regardless of IP address changes.

Utilities and banking are only two of the industries that benefit from the Digi Connect CDMA wireless advantage. Other industries include: medical, retail/point-of-sale, financial services, trucking/transportation, building automation and security, traffic management, industrial automation, government projects and IT.

For information on where to purchase Digi Connect CDMA products as well as other Digi International networking and wireless solutions, please call 1-800-437-7251 or 1-952-912-3444 or visit the Digi International web site, http://www.digi.com/products/wireless/digiconnectwancdma.jsp

About the Kyocera 200 Module
The Kyocera 200 Module is designed to enable M2M and telemetry applications such as AVL, Fleet Management, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, exception reporting and wireless point-of-sale. The module is equipped with CDMA tri-mode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates (153KBps on forward and reverse links). Other features and functions include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; CDMA UDP Passive Server; TCP/IP protocol stack; AT command interface; socket interface, dual UARTs; analog audio; GPS and RF connectors; high-speed packet and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.

Known for its strong carrier relationships, helpful developer tools and excellent customer service, Kyocera Wireless offers periodic developer conferences to assist module adopters and support wireless integration into OEM products and systems. A developer's kit and programming tools are available for purchase by module customers. For additional information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com/m2m-business.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, 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 (NYSE: KYO), 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, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$429 million (JP¥ 45,908 million).

About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, makes device networking easy by developing products and technologies that are cost effective and easy to use. Digi markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, please visit http://www.digi.com/products/wireless/digiconnectwancdma.jsp

 

© 2006 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

 

Contacts

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-858-882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless
Ellen Lynch/Leasa Ireland
phone: 1-415-225-2240
e-mail: ellen@lpicommunications.com
Digi International
Jan McBride
phone: 1-952-912-3473
e-mail: jan_mcbride@digi.com

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