Wavecom partners with Plextek to provide extended range of services for vertical applications

Plextek Becomes a Certified Design House for Wavecom.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Cambridge, UK-August 31, 2004

Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066), a worldwide provider of integrated technology solutions for wireless voice and data applications, today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Plextek, one of the leading independent electronics design companies of telemetry products and systems in Europe. As part of this agreement, Plextek becomes a Wavecom certified design house, offering design, development and integration for Wavecom’s products. The partnership will enable Wavecom to extend the range of services it offers to customers and provide the additional benefit of Plextek’s specialist expertise in applications design.

Plextek, based near Cambridge, UK, has an extensive history of designing communication products, particularly those employing GSM/GPRS systems, such as telephone and gaming multimedia terminals, tracking, telematic projects, remote data and machine-to-machine applications. Plextek holds BS EN ISO9001:2000 certification and is an approved supplier to a range of government departments and utilities including the DTI, MOD and the Home Office in the UK. It is a full member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), participating in the development and generation of standards.

As part of its global strategy, Wavecom partners with design houses specialising in wireless communications in order to provide a broader range of services to its customers. Any design companies selected by Wavecom are trained and then approved “certified design house”. With proven expertise and knowledge in Wavecom’s technology and products, Plextek is able to offer complementary services in electronics design, applications development, technical support and consultancy. Wavecom will refer to Plextek customers who require assistance and value-added services with wireless connectivity and telemetry products using Wavecom’s solutions.

Plextek is the first design consultancy to become a Wavecom-certified design house for vertical applications acting on a worldwide basis, with its main focus currently on the EMEA region. Wavecom trained and supported Plextek in the design of wireless systems based on Wavecom’s technology. With expertise in complete product development and testing, Plextek can assist users of Wavecom’s technology with design, development and integration into a wide variety of applications such as machine-to-machine telemetry/telecommand, remote monitoring and wireless local loop products. This breadth of knowledge will ensure customers with an optimised, cost-competitive design and rapid time to market. Together, Wavecom and Plextek can provide the optimum solution allowing customers to broaden their telemetry solutions portfolio.

Pierre Piver, Group Vice President, Vertical Applications Business Unit, Wavecom, commented, “We are very pleased to have Plextek on board as our first certified design house for vertical applications. Wavecom and Plextek recognise the complementary nature of their respective offerings, capabilities and market goals. There is great opportunity to leverage our product lines, technologies, market presence and communication activities and we will work together to develop and share joint leads on the vertical markets. This is a technical, business and marketing relationship that will result in benefits to both our own businesses and our customers.”

David Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director, Plextek said: "We are delighted to be working with Wavecom who is a world leader in integrated wireless solutions. This partnership reaffirms Plextek as a significant force in the telemetry and communications product design markets. Both companies are working to the same goal, to provide customers with the most forward thinking technology and design available in the wireless market. Through joint developments and a joint 'go-to-market' strategy we will be able to provide a broader range of products to Wavecom customers and increase sales opportunities for both organisations."

About Plextek Limited:

Plextek is one of the largest independent electronics design consultancies in Europe specialising in communications. We are situated 10 miles south of Cambridge, UK. Established in 1989 and now with 100 staff we are one of the leading organisations in our field. Our design capabilities span the range from design and technology studies through to complete product and system design making use of skills which cover radio, hardware, software, optoelectronics, FPGAs, ASIC, RFIC and DSP. We have developed optical telecom and datacom systems, GSM, GPRS, DECT, 3G PMR, Bluetooth and data/telemetry systems, wireless local-loop system and vehicle location systems. For example:

·  Design and development of the very latest “lifestyle” games console for Tiger Telematics Inc

·  Product and system design on the TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd and LoJack

·  Corporation networks for stolen vehicle recovery

·  Utilities telemetry (radio remote meter reading for utilities)

·  Formula One motor racing telemetry

·  Defence projects, often utilising the benefits of COTS

·  Medical devices

·  Free space optics

Introduction to manufacture is regarded as a priority and projects regularly include factory selection and design of functional test equipment. Plextek is fully equipped with the latest RF and optical test equipment, analysers, software and microprocessor development tools, CAD for PCB layout, RF design, digital design and for integrated circuit design and has an open field test site and environmental and EMC test chambers. Plextek also offers consultancy in strategic advice and studies. Either as a prelude to product development, or as a stand-alone activity, we help clients identify and evaluate opportunities resulting from new markets and technologies. Our international client list ranges from individual entrepreneurs to multinational companies including leading manufacturers, operators and silicon vendors including Clarion, Bookham Technology, Smiths Group, AMS, Marconi, Sony, Denso, National Semiconductor and QinetiQ. Plextek is an approved supplier to a range of government departments and utilities including the DTI, MOD and the Home Office. For further information: www.plextek.com