Wavecom Enables GSM/GPRS Functionality in CompactFlash Form Factor

Wireless Voice and Data for Handhelds Available Through Pretec’s CompactGPRS Card.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Orlando, USA-March 18, 2002

Wavecom, Inc., subsidiary of Wavecom S.A. (Nasdaq: WVCM; Nouveau Marché: 7306), a leading developer of digital wireless standard modules (WISMO™), today announced that its WISMO Quik Q2400 module is integrated into Pretec Electronic Corp’s. new CompactGPRS™ card. The technological offering gives handheld devices the capability of handling wireless voice and data communications over GSM/GPRS networks. The CompactGPRS card is shown at Wavecom’s booth (Hall 27, Stand F15) and Pretec’s booth (Hall 19, Stand A02) at CeBIT, March 13-20, Hanover, Germany. The product will also be displayed at Wavecom?s booth (#553) at CTIA Wireless 2002, March 18-20, Orlando, Florida.

“WISMO Quik is the most integrated GSM/GPRS module commercially available in the world, and that really fit our needs,” said Gordon Yu, president of Pretec. “Our partnership with Wavecom now allows us to extend our pioneering and broad lineup of CompactFlash memory and I/O cards to the GSM/GPRS markets.”

“The very thin and light WISMO Quik Q2400 is ideal for applications where board thickness is critical. The CompactGPRS card is a great example of a new application made possible by our cutting-edge technology,” commented Hany Neoman, Wavecom’s chief operating officer in the U.S.

Using Wavecom’s WISMO Quik module, Pretec’s CompactGPRS card provides Pocket PCs and handheld devices with multi-band GSM/GPRS connectivity for voice and data (900/1900 MHz for use in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; 900/1800 MHz for use exclusively in Europe and Asia), turning PDAs into a database-rich mobile phone device.

Pretec expects to begin shipping the CompactGPRS card bundled with BVRP software in the second quarter of this year to major IT companies and mass merchandisers around the world.

About Pretec:

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Fremont, California, Pretec Electronics Corp. (www.pretec.com) offers a complete spectrum of small form factor memory cards, card readers and converters/adapters for the digital imaging, mobile computing and military/industrial control markets; and is the creator of the Innovative CompactI/O™ cards for Pocket PC, digital cameras and many IA devices. It can enable PDAs or IPCs equipped with a CF slot to become wireless communication capable by using Pretec CompactBT™ (Bluetooth), CompactWL™ (IEEE 802.11b), or Compact GPS™, the world’s first CF-interfaced wireless communication accessory. In addition to provide small form factor storage and communication solutions to Casio, Compaq, HP, Kodak, Microsoft, Polaroid, Ricoh, etc., Pretec products are available through CompUSA, Fry’s Electronics, Handandgo, Micro Center, Mobile Planet, Radio Shack, RCS, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and Beyond.com.