KYOCERA Wireless' Data Products Help Power the Innovative TracNet 100 Mobile Internet System from KVH Industries
New mobile entertainment and Internet access device uses KYOCERA KR1 Mobile Router and KYOCERA KPC650 1xEV-DO PC Card for high-speed cellular connectivity
SAN DIEGO and MIDDLETOWN, RI -- (September 12, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, today announced that its award-winning CDMA data mobility solutions are providing the high-speed wireless connectivity for KVH Industries' (Nasdaq: KVHI) new TracNet™ 100 mobile Internet system. The Kyocera KPC650 PC Card and the Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router, the key wireless access components of the TracNet 100, take a single CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband connection and create a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for multiple PCs, using 802.11g technology to deliver download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps. TracNet 100 uses these embedded core devices to provide in-motion access to Web browsing, MSN Mail, MSN Messenger, digital photo viewing, MSN Video, and MSN Radio, all conveniently displayed on video screens and televisions in cars, boats, and RVs.
Kyocera's CDMA data products have won numerous industry awards, including PC Magazine "Editors' Choice" awards for both the Passport KPC650 PC Card and the KR1 Mobile Router. The KR1's compact design allows for it to be seamlessly integrated into the TracNet 100 device, offering travelers the mobile high-speed communications capability they require to work efficiently outside their home or office while they're on the road or the water.
"Kyocera's KR1 Mobile Router and Passport KPC650 PC Card boost the functionality of the TracNet 100 by adding mobile hotspot capability to the device, making it perfect for boats, RVs, or automobiles," said Tom Maguire, vice president of global marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Our award-winning EV-DO data products have had tremendous success with mobile workers as well as small- and medium-sized businesses. Now we're excited to see it bringing the capabilities of high-speed CDMA connectivity to such a consumer-friendly application."
Where available, the TracNet 100 system uses EV-DO service, which provides data rates averaging 400-700 Kbps and up to 2.4 Mbps - similar to wired broadband connections in the home or office. EV-DO coverage is offered in and surrounding more than 180 cities throughout the continental U.S., with new cities being added regularly. In areas where EV-DO service is not currently available, TracNet 100 reverts to the more widely-fielded 1xRTT service, which delivers speeds of 60-80 Kbps with bursts of up to 144 Kbps.
The TracNet 100 includes a mobile Internet receiver with a 3-port Ethernet router, infrared (IR) wireless remote, wireless keyboard, 12V DC power adapter, and EV-DO data card. In addition, TracNet 100 comes with a bundled 3W booster and a platform-specific external cellular antenna to ensure the best performance possible in marginal/low-signal areas.
More information about Kyocera's EV-DO data products, including the KR1 Mobile Router and the Passport KPC650 PC Card, can be found at www.kyocera-wireless.com/pc-mobility. Additional details regarding TracNet 100 hardware, service pricing, and retailers nationwide are available at www.kvh.com/kvhinternet.
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, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10 billion (JP¥ 1,181,489 million) with net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 100,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, CES Innovation Award, 21 National Marine Electronics Association "Best Product" awards, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.
© 2006 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. KVH and TracNet are official trademarks of KVH Industries in the U.S. and/or other countries. CDMA2000 is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA-USA). All other marks are properties of their respective owners. This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ. The parties assume no obligation to update their forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.