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Panasonic's Toughbook's to have RIM's OEM Radio Modems
Posted: 02-May-2002 [Source: RIM press release]

[RIM's OEM radio modems for GSM/GPRS networks to be integrated into Panasonic's new Toughbook portable computers.]

Secaucus, NJ and Waterloo, O -- Panasonic Computer Solutions Company and Research In Motion Limited today announced plans to integrate RIM's OEM radio modems for GSM/GPRS networks into Panasonic's line of Toughbook ruggedized portable computers.

Panasonic targets these portables to mobile professionals requiring reliability and remote wireless access to information systems.

"We are pleased to expand upon our long-standing relationship with RIM to offer enhanced wireless solutions to our customers," said Rance Poehler, President at Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "RIM's high-quality and proven OEM radio modems will bring advanced GSM/GPRS wireless technology to our line of ruggedized notebook portable PCs and offer our customers in the field increased productivity through wireless access."

"Our expertise in wireless technology is a strong complement to Panasonic's leadership in the rugged mobile computing market," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "We are able to leverage the research and development from our leading BlackBerry handheld product lines to provide manufacturers like Panasonic with OEM radio modems that are easy to integrate, power efficient, lightweight and reliable."

Panasonic Toughbooks target mobile professionals in vertical industries including government, field service/sales, utilities, telecommunications, insurance, transportation, law enforcement and government and military. Today, Toughbook s applications include GPS for mapping, communications - both local and wide area, inventory and maintenance management, data queries, in addition to claims and order processing, providing vastly improved response times.

RIM and Panasonic have established an extensive relationship, beginning in 1998 with the integration of RIM's R900 Mobitex radio modem into Panasonic's CF-25 Toughbook ruggedized laptop. RIM technology is now embedded in all Panasonic Toughbook products, including the new Toughbook 01 ruggedized handheld.

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a global wireless standard that uses existing GSM (Global System for Mobile telecommunications) radio base stations and converts wireless data into standard Internet packets, enabling interoperability between the Internet and the GSM/GPRS network.

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