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Innovative GSM and GPRS Smart Phones announced
Posted: 31-Mar-2000 [Source: PRNewswire]

[A new family of WAP-enabled advanced smart phones is resulting from this partnership. Planned features include: gsm/gprs class 2, optional Bluetooth, miniature video camera, integrated gps positioning.]

Palo Alto, Calif. -- "Bodycom (TM), Inc., a newly founded research and development company and supplier of wireless smart phones, today announced a strategic relationship with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CDN), the world's leading provider of electronic design products and services, and TagDesign, Inc., a full service design and development firm. Under the agreement, Cadence Design Systems, providing electronic design and TagDesign, providing mechanical design will collaborate on the development of Bodycom's line of Forum(TM) WAP-enabled smart phones to enhance the delivery of full service m-commerce solutions.

"Bodycom is pleased to have secured both Cadence Design Systems and TagDesign as active partners in the development of the Forum line of smart phones," said Michael Ausems, president and CEO of Bodycom. "By partnering with the leading providers of design services we're able to drastically reduce the time-to-market of our innovative line of Forum smart phones and pave the way for m-commerce solutions."

"The partnerships further Bodycom's mission to converge Web-enabled applications and wireless technologies to optimize the next-generation of wireless smart phones. Bodycom sees a world in which consumers, business travelers and power users alike can collect next generation, real-time, Web content (such as television and audio), conduct e-commerce and banking transactions and access data communication applications from a single, compact, hand-held unit.

"We share Bodycom's vision for turnkey wireless smart phone solutions, and we look forward to contributing to the advancement of that vision," said Jamie Tenedorio, Group Director of Cadence Wireless Design Services. "We are very confident that the design engineering services resulting from the collaboration of our Wireless Design Services with Bodycom and TagDesign, will have a major impact on the wireless communications industry."

"We are excited to work with Bodycom to offer a breakthrough, leading-edge engineering solution that will advance the wireless smart phone industry," said Ted Renteria, President and Director of Industrial Design at TagDesign. "By joining forces with Bodycom, we can support the acceleration of the design & development of the Forum line and create a product with superior performance, functionality, and user interaction."

"First among Bodycom's line of WAP-enabled Forum(TM) wireless smart phones is the Forum GQ 919. While offering standard phone and organizer features, the FGQ 919 has the capability of sending and receiving email and accessing streaming video and MP3 Internet technologies through GSM and GPRS wireless protocols. The dual-band Forum smart phones operate on GSM 900/1900, GSM 900/1800 and GPRS networks for global connection capabilities.


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