Extricom Wins VARBusiness 2007 Tech Innovator of the Year Award

CMP Channel Honors Extricom's Next Generation Wireless LAN

NEW YORK, October 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Extricom, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance, next generation wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure solutions, today announced that CMP Channel has named Extricom the VARBusiness 2007 Tech Innovator of the Year for wireless, for its development of the Interference-Free(TM) WLAN System, featuring the industry's first quad-radio Wi-Fi access point. The fifth annual Tech Innovators Awards celebrate the most innovative products, people and personalities in the industry and highlight emerging products and technologies currently sold through the IT Channel.

"Innovation is truly the heart of the technology industry, and the winners of this year's VARBusiness Tech Innovator Awards have taken innovation to the next level," said Robert C. DeMarzo, vice president and editorial director, CMP Channel. "We congratulate Extricom on this year's Tech Innovator Award."

The Tech Innovator awards were awarded in sixteen categories, including Wireless, Voice over IP, Handhelds, Connectivity/Data Networking, Virtualization, and Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure. For each category, at least two judges from a select group of top solution providers and integrators rated each entry on characteristics such as usefulness, the "new and improved" factor, price/performance, revenue potential and overall "coolness." The process leads to three finalists for each category, with the top scoring product in each category earning the VARBusiness Tech Innovator Award.

"This award is decisive recognition of the disruptive innovation represented in our Interference-Free WLAN System," commented David Confalonieri, vice-president marketing for Extricom. "Our partners and customers have witnessed the surprising and unique combination of higher performance and radical simplicity that is now possible in enterprise wireless. They know the Extricom technology enables them to 'turn the corner' in Wi-Fi, finally eliminating the complexities and limitations that they invariably run into when implementing wireless for greater scale, reliability, and a broader set of uses, including voice (VoWLAN), location based services, and video."

Extricom's patented WLAN System represents the next generation of enterprise Wi-Fi, with a fundamental shift in architecture from "cell-planning" to a "channel blanket" topology. This unique approach eliminates the co-channel interference that plagues traditional WLAN systems, to deliver seamless and zero-latency mobility, robust, "wire-like" client connections, greatly increased capacity, and the ability to design for a guaranteed and predictable level of service for all users. All this is achieved without the iterative and costly RF cell-planning required in traditional solutions. The result is a high-performance yet simple WLAN for the enterprise triple play of data, voice (VoWLAN), and video.

About VARBusiness ( http://www.varbusiness.com)

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the commercial and public sector (or government) Solution Provider community. The VARBusiness integrated platform of media opportunities provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness offerings lead vendors and distributors to unprecedented access to the most powerful strategic Solution Providers in the market. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design.

About the CMP Channel

The CMP Channel is the one stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its family of channel solutions which include CRN and VARBusiness, the ChannelWeb network, the Group's XChange worldwide face-to-face conferences and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

About CMP

CMP ( http://www.cmp.com/) is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developers Conference and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media ( http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. For more CMP news, go to cmp.com/news.

About Extricom

Extricom designs and manufactures enterprise Wireless LAN infrastructure solutions for converged data, voice (VoWLAN), and video. The Extricom Interference-Free(TM) architecture enables dramatically easier WLAN deployment and lower total cost of ownership, while achieving a generational leap in capacity, coverage, seamless mobility and security performance for Wi-Fi. The result is a large-scale, 802.11 standards-based WLAN infrastructure delivering enterprise-wide triple play services, with the dependability of a wired network. Extricom is privately held, with strategic investors that include Motorola. Inquiries: http://www.extricom.com.

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