Rappore Reaffirms Its Bluetooth Solution for Windows is ``Ready for Prime Time''

Company Demonstrates Fully Functional Bluetooth Host Stack for Windows Applications

Rappore Technologies(TM), Inc., a provider of reliable and secure wirefree software and services, today announced their Bluetooth(TM) host protocol stack and software developers kit (SDK) are available for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98, Windows 2000, and Windows CE operating systems.

Rappore's announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft's recent announcement that they will not support Bluetooth in the first release of Windows XP, portraying it as "not ready for prime time."(1)

Using a modular, configurable architecture, Rappore's host protocol stack enables rapid portability to diverse hardware platforms and operating systems. The stack is portable to multiple operating environments such as Windows 95/98/ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows CE and embedded Linux.

Rappore asserts its Windows-Bluetooth integration plans and schedules remain unaffected, and does not expect any weakening demand for Bluetooth technologies. Rappore's approach to advancing Bluetooth product development and adoption remains consistent, following emerging technology integration and adoption patterns. The Rappore host protocol stack architecture isolates processor and operating system dependencies, enabling rapid support for a wide variety of operating systems and processor combinations. Rappore's Bluetooth host protocol stack also maintains radio silicon independence, supporting a wide variety of Bluetooth base-band and RF silicon chipsets from multiple suppliers.

"Microsoft's announcement was not surprising, as Bluetooth is an emerging technology," stated Michael Wright, a founder and team lead for networking at Rappore and the current secretary to IEEE 802.1 committee, and liaison to IEEE 802.15 from 802.1. "Typically, innovative hardware designers and manufacturers are the first to roll out new technologies, such as Bluetooth, to new markets. Rappore remains committed to assisting these forward-looking companies in delivering the first wave of innovative Bluetooth solutions to the awaiting marketplace."

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