Research In Motion Helps Panasonic Notebooks Go Wireless

Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSE: RIM) today announced it has extended an agreement to supply its advanced OEM radio modems, including the new RIM 902M™ and RIM 802D™, to Panasonic Personal Computer Company. Panasonic plans to embed RIM's radio modems in its leading line of Panasonic Toughbook™ ruggedized notebook PCs including the CF-17, CF-27 and CF-34 models.

"Panasonic is committed to providing the best integrated wireless technology with our Toughbooks to support mobile professionals across a wide range of industries" said John Harris, Vice President of Marketing at Panasonic Personal Computer Company. "RIM modems, because of their of size, RF performance, advanced power management and reliability, have proved themselves to be the ideal choice for our integrated wireless computing solutions. The new 902M and 802D modems give our customers the ability to access nationwide wireless data networks operated by American Mobile and BellSouth Wireless Data."

"The Toughbook is widely recognized as an industry leader for rugged field applications such as field service and sales, telecommunications, law enforcement, utilities, manufacturing and transportation," said David Werezak, Vice President of Marketing at Research In Motion. "The rugged design of the Panasonic Toughbook, along with the advanced wireless capabilities of RIM's radio modems, offers a powerful combination for these mobile workforces that need to stay connected in the field."

RIM's OEM radio modems are embedded within a broad range of products that require wireless connectivity, including notebook and laptop PCs, handheld devices, point-of-sale terminals, bank machines, billboards and other displays, monitoring and metering equipment, vending machines, GPS systems and automobiles. RIM's radio modems incorporate the same core RF technology and Intel386™ processor proven by RIM's BlackBerry™ and Inter@ctive™ Pager product lines. The RIM 802D operates in the 800 MHz frequency range and is compatible with DataTAC wireless data networks. DataTAC networks are operated by American Mobile in the United States and Bell Mobility in Canada. The RIM 902M operates in the 900 MHz frequency range and is compatible with Mobitex wireless data networks. Mobitex networks are operated by BellSouth Wireless Data in the United States and Rogers Cantel in Canada.


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