WiQuest Enables a New Wireless USB PIN Association Method

Mon Jul 7, 2008 8:00am EDT

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Simple New Wireless Association Method for Low Cost Devices
ALLEN, Texas--(Business Wire)--
WiQuest Communications, Inc., the worldwide leader in complete
WiMedia-based ultrawideband solutions, today announced that it has
released a new Wireless USB PIN Association method specifically
designed for Wireless USB-enabled devices that do not have a display,
may not have a wired USB 2.0 connection, or might ship without a USB
cable. This new PIN association method offers a flexible, third
Wireless USB Association method that WiQuest makes available for its
customers and partners. In addition to the new PIN Association method,
WiQuest supports the Cable and Numeric Association standards as
specified by the USB-IF.

   PIN Association provides a simple, secure, low-cost wireless
pairing method for products that can not absorb the added cost of a
USB cable or display and for products that may not require either a
display or wired USB port. The new method provides enterprise-level
security with the assignment of a unique character key or PIN, up to
28-characters long, to every device - providing 128-bits of entropy.
Once the Association process is initiated, a software screen on the
host PC requests that the unique PIN printed on the Wireless USB
device be entered and the secure pairing is completed - wirelessly.

   "WiQuest continues to enhance our Wireless USB product offering
based on feedback we receive from our customers and partners," said
Todd Brown, WiQuest VP of sales. "Adding this third association method
addresses their requirement to provide a simple, low cost solution
that maintains enterprise-level security."

   WiQuest has shared its PIN Association specification with multiple
Wireless USB interoperability partners for use in products shipping in
2008. Demonstrations between multiple manufacturers using this
Association method are already available.

   WiQuest Complete Solutions

   Reference designs for Wireless USB applications include WiQuest's
Wireless USB Adapter, 4-port Hub, Mini Card, Half Mini Card, Device
Embedded Card, and Wireless USB + Bluetooth Combo Mini Card reference
designs. WiQuest reference designs for wireless digital video include
the Wireless Docking(R) Station and Mini Card with WiDV(R). WiQuest's
complete UWB solution is also the industry's fastest, at greater than
1 Gbps.

   Wireless USB technology offers advantages that neither Bluetooth
nor Wi-Fi provides. Bluetooth is most commonly used for wireless
headsets, mice and peripheral devices. Wi-Fi is most commonly used in
shared bandwidth local area network, wireless applications. By
contrast, Wireless USB offers unparalleled file transfer speeds and
multimedia features such as dedicated audio and video streaming, while
being over 10 times more power efficient than Wi-Fi and over 100 times
higher throughput than Bluetooth.

   About WiQuest Communications

   WiQuest Communications, Inc. is the leading consumer solutions
company designing and developing complete WiMedia-based ultra high
speed, ultrawideband (UWB) platforms. WiQuest's complete solution
portfolio includes silicon, software and manufacturing designs.
WiQuest's world class technology and technical support enable a new
class of "off-the-shelf-production" wireless connectivity to PC,
digital entertainment, consumer electronics and mobile systems.

   Founded in September 2003, WiQuest's strong team comprises
thousands of years of collective industry semiconductor, software, and
systems experience, resulting in dozens of successful high-volume
product implementations including Wireless LAN, DSL and Ethernet
solutions. To learn more about WiQuest, please visit www.WiQuest.com.

   WiQuest(TM), WiDV(R), Wireless Docking(R), and The New Frontier of
Wireless(TM) are trademarks of WiQuest Communications, Inc. All other
trademarks and copyrights are the property of the respective owners.

WiQuest Communications, Inc.
Pam Johnson, 214-547-1600

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