Leading Motherboard Manufacturer Chooses Segue™ SAM to Integrate Wi-Fi Access Points With the PC
Chicago, IL / Taipei, Taiwan - December 29, 2003 - PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), a leading provider of intelligent wireless solutions, and Micro -Star International (MSI™) (TSEC:MSI), a leading PC motherboard and wireless LAN (WLAN) device manufacturer, announced today the signing of a licensing agreement for PCTEL's Segue™ SAM (soft access module) software. The agreement permits MSI to bundle PCTEL's soft access point software with their WLAN devices and PC motherboards.
Segue™ SAM software, when bundled with a supported Wi -Fi Network Interface Card or NIC, will convert any PC into a fully functional access point, thereby eliminating the costly need for external devices such as routers and access points. Segue™ SAM's Intelligent Installer feature automatically scans the user's PC upon start -up and configures itself in seconds, taking the complexity out of installing and setting up a wireless network. MSI, one of the world's top three PC motherboard designers and manufacturers, will bundle Segue™ SAM software, along with one of their industry leading WLAN devices, and with their motherboards as a value -added option, allowing PC users to instantly set up a wireless broadband network through their computer with a single broadband connection, whether at home, the office or on the road. A broadband connection to a PC with Segue™ SAM immediately illuminates the area with Wi -Fi capability.
"We are very excited about using PCTEL's Segue™ SAM software with our WLAN devices and motherboards," commented Kenny Chiu, Director of MSI's Communications Business Unit. "MSI is dedicated to providing the most feature rich and cost -effective computing experience to our OEM partners and consumers. Bundling Segue™ SAM software with the PC will significantly lower the costs and complexity of establishing wireless networks, and thus make broadband wireless networking possible for millions of users."
`It is rewarding to have a world leader in the PC motherboard industry select the Segue™ SAM for their soft access point integration,` said Biju Nair, PCTEL`s Vice President and General Manager of its Segue operation. `The Segue™ Soft Wi -Fi Access Point continues the PCTEL tradition of replacing hardware with software, reducing costs for the industry, and simplifying the user experience.`
About Segue SAM™ With Segue™ SAM installed on their notebook, a professional can instantly set up a wireless network with other participants at an offsite meeting. Enhanced security features ensure that file sharing and instant messaging remain secure and keep unauthorized devices off the network. For home users, Segue™ SAM eliminates the complexity of setting up a wireless network. The entire family can share a single broadband connection quickly and easily.
Segue™ SAM is delivered as a bundled solution from the manufacturers of retail 802.11 client adapters, licensed to 802.11 chipset suppliers and motherboard manufacturers as a value added option, or licensed for distribution to wire line broadband service providers as part of their home networking solution. For more information about Segue™ SAM, visit www.pctel.com.
About MSI Founded in August 1986, MSI™ specializes in the design and manufacture of PC motherboards, add -on cards, servers/workstations, barebones systems, optical storage devices, communication devices and IA accessories. The company is ranked within Taiwan`s top three and the world`s top five motherboard manufactures. Wireless communications and internet access are focus areas for the company.
About PCTEL (Nasdaq: PCTI) PCTEL, founded in March 1994, is a leading provider of Wi -Fi and cellular mobility software, software -defined radio products and access technology. PCTEL`s products include WLAN software products (Segue™ Product Line) that simplify installation, roaming, Internet access and billing. Through its subsidiary, DTI, the company designs, develops and distributes OEM receivers and receiver -based products that measure and monitor cellular networks. The company maintains a portfolio of more than 115 analog and broadband communications and wireless patents, issued or pending, including key and essential patents for modem technology. The company`s products are sold or licensed to PC manufacturers, PC card and board manufacturers, wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, software distributors, wireless test and measurement companies, and system integrators. PCTEL headquarters are located at 8725 West Higgins Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: 773 -243 -3000. For more information, please visit our web site at www.pctel.com