Fujitsu and Hopling Technologies to Ship Linux WiMAX Board Packages

Original Design Manufacturers Are First to Utilize Innovative and Open

Support Packages; Case Study of Hopling Technologies' Unique Mesh

Architecture Now Available

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LANGEN, Germany and ALMERE, the Netherlands, Jan.

Jan 17, 2007, 00:00 ET from Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

17 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), Fujitsu
 Microelectronics Europe (FME), and Hopling Technologies announced today
 that they will ship their jointly-produced Linux-based WiMAX baseband
 system-on-chip (SoC) reference kits to ODM customers.
     Hopling Technologies and Fujitsu announced in September 2006 (see a
 related press release announced on September 6, 2006) that they would
 collaborate on a Linux-based Hopling Board Support Package designed to make
 it easier for equipment manufacturers to add innovative applications to the
 standards-based Fujitsu solution. The reference kit, which includes a
 reference board utilizing the highly integrated MB87M3550 WiMAX SoC,
 software package and operating manual, will be available from Fujitsu in
     "This reference kit very effectively leverages Hopling Technologies'
 software and Fujitsu's SoC," stated Manfred Mettendorff, U.S. based senior
 marketing manager for Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe. "Fujitsu is the
 first company to address the growing need for embedding WiMAX baseband SoC
 into our customers' Linux-based wireless equipment. We believe this will
 spur development worldwide and decrease time-to-market for our customers'
     "Hopling Technologies is deeply committed to helping businesses across
 the world realize the benefit and full potential of WiMAX," said Ivo van
 Ling, Chief Technology Officer of Hopling Technologies. "This joint Linux
 project with Fujitsu is an extremely important project and it's a milestone
 in Hopling Technologies' Linux-based WiMAX product strategy that will allow
 companies to roll out seamless broadband wireless systems."
     "The shipping of the Linux WiMAX Board Packages is a successful outcome
 of the expanded relationship of Hopling Technologies and Fujitsu," stated
 Rudger van Brenk, who was recently appointed Director Research and added to
 the Management Board of Hopling Technologies. "Together, we have managed to
 develop a product that is state-of-the-art and future-proof for companies
 wishing to launch their own WiMAX product-line."
     Additional information about the topology and applications served by
 Hopling Technologies Wireless Broadband Access solutions, and its direction
 on fixed and mobile WiMAX architectures, can be found in the
 newly-published Hopling Technologies Case Study, available at:
 ess /case/
     About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
     Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
 innovation. Fujitsu provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products
 and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and
 other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding member and
 current board member of the WiMAX Forum(TM), Fujitsu supports the standards
 development and compliance programs that are essential to successful
 Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX
 solutions by leveraging the company's experience and expertise in the
 networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC
 and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors.
 For more product information, please visit the company's web site at or address e-mail to .
     About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe
     Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of
 semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to
 the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial
 markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers,
 mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multi-media ICs and ASIC products work
 closely with FME's marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help
 satisfy customers' system development requirements. This solutions approach
 is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and
 building blocks as well as leading-edge Plasma Display Panels. For more
 information visit Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe's website at .
     About Hopling Technologies
     Hopling Technologies is a global leader in IP-based wireless networking
 equipment for enterprises, operators and service providers. The company
 delivers carrier-grade hotspot solutions and proven meshed network
 solutions suitable for metropolitan area networks, wireless local area
 networks, the last mile, wireless connectivity, mobile broadband solutions,
 video surveillance, IP-based cellular phones (VoIP) and event-based
 solutions. Hopling Technologies is fulfilling the potential of the new
 generation WiMAX end-to-end solutions through its HopMAX(TM) product
 portfolio. Hopling Technologies is an active member of the WiMAX Forum.
 More information is available on .
     NOTE: HopMAX is a trademark or registered trademark of Hopling
 Technologies. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of their respective holder(s).

SOURCE Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.