Semtech's USAR Accepted as Associate Member of Bluetooth Special Interest Group

Chosen to Participate in Wireless Connectivity Solution's Human Interface Device Working Group

USAR Systems - a Semtech Company (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading producer of human interface device and system management electronics, today announced that it has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). In addition, the company also has been selected to participate in the Human Interface Device working group. Semtech's USAR, an Early Adopter of Bluetooth technology, joined the Bluetooth SIG in the fall of 1998.

Bluetooth wireless technology makes it possible for all things now connected by cables to be easily connected without. A small-form factor, low-cost radio solution, it provides the wireless link between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. There are currently 1882 Bluetooth SIG members worldwide, including the 9 Promoters and approximately 40 Associate Members.

"The Bluetooth SIG and its Promoter Companies are pleased to welcome USAR as a Bluetooth Associate Member, as we feel that they will bring synergy to the group as well as the resources and commitment to further the Bluetooth wireless technology," said Simon Ellis, Bluetooth Marketing Chair and Mobile Communication Group Manager for Intel. As an Associate Member and participant in the Human Interface Device working group, Semtech's USAR will be providing its expertise in input device and power management technologies and protocol design experience for the betterment of a specification with wide market appeal. Joyce Putscher, Director of Consumer & Convergence Markets for Cahners In-Stat Group, a market research firm, said, "We expect to see the demand for Bluetooth-enabled products growing to at least 1 billion units by 2005."

For more information about USAR's involvement with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group as well as general information about this revolutionary wireless connectivity solution, please visit the USAR Developers Site on Bluetooth at

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