Wavecom and AMD Agree to Develop GSM/GPRS Platform for PCs

New PC communications platform will combine Wavecom GSM/GPRS expertise with AMD Athlon™ processors to provide tri-band wireless voice, data and fax functions.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France-March 21, 2001

Wavecom SA (Nasdaq: WVCM; Nouveau Marché: WAVECOM) today announced an agreement with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, CA., USA (NYSE: AMD) to jointly develop a GSM/GPRS platform for personal computers. The goal is to enable PC makers to offer AMD Athlon™-processor powered PCs with integrated GSM/GPRS functions.

GPRS, which stands for General Packet Radio Service, is an enhancement to the GSM mobile communications system that supports data packets at rates approximating those of hard-wired modems.

By ensuring effective communication and interworking between the radio front end and the PC components, the new platform will offer an extremely compact solution operating in the GSM/GPRS 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands.

"The need to communicate and share information has changed the PC market landscape for ever," says Mike Johnson, Vice President, Advanced Architecture Lab of AMD. "As wireless systems develop to provide higher data rates and more facilities, we want to work to provide our customers with access to these systems. We chose to team up with Wavecom because the company has many years' experience in the development of GSM/GPRS technology and proven products in the market."

"Wireless functions are being integrated into more and more mobile and fixed devices, especially as GSM operators begin to roll out GPRS capability. By pooling resources and know-how, AMD and Wavecom will bring an extremely cost-efficient solution to market as GPRS services become widely available," said Aram Hékimian, Wavecom Chief Executive Officer.