Logitech and Motorola Announce Plans to Extend DigitalDNA Technology to Bluetooth-Based Peripherals
Leading Supplier of Cordless Interface Devices Expands Relationship with Market Leader in Smart Embedded Technology
Montreux, Switzerland June 26, 2000 -- Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGIY; Switzerland:LOGN, LOGZ), international market leader in human interface devices that define the way people link to information in business, at home and online, and Motorola (NYSE:MOT), a global leader in integrated communications and embedded solutions, today announced a joint development effort aimed at introducing a new generation of cordless peripherals based on Bluetooth technology.
Together, the two companies will extend their mutual vision of cordless freedom. Logitech plans to augment its popular cordless product offerings by adding Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility, thus bringing affordable peripherals with a proven track record to the Bluetooth environment.
Logitech has been a pioneer in bringing cordless peripherals to the retail market ever since launching the first radio frequency-based cordless mouse in 1992. To date, the company has sold more than six million cordless products, including cordless mice, keyboards and presentation controllers, and won numerous industry awards for both technology and design.
"For Logitech, this alliance represents a logical next step in bringing cordless freedom and flexibility to all computing platforms and environments," said Wolfgang Hausen, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech´s Control Devices Division. "Motorola´s DigitalDNA technology has been at the base of many of our products for years. Going forward, we believe our respective strengths put us in a unique position to introduce a new class of interface devices that leverage the power of DigitalDNA technology in the Bluetooth environment."
Both Logitech and Motorola are active participants in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Motorola as one of nine Promoter companies driving worldwide adoption of the standard. By combining Bluetooth wireless technology with peripherals, personal computers, cars, handheld devices and cellular phones, Motorola and its customers are ushering in a new era of short-range networking solutions.
"Motorola has worked with Logitech for many years in support of their great products and we look forward to expanding that relationship to include Bluetooth," said Roger Kung, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola´s Wireless Subscriber Systems Group. "The smart products we will develop together promise to free us from the connecting cables that have limited our mobility and cluttered our work environment for too long."About Bluetooth
BluetoothTM wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and 1,882 adopter companies.About Logitech
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and supporting software that link people to the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. Logitech´s interface products include Internet video cameras; input and pointing devices such as corded and cordless mice, optical trackballs and keyboards; multimedia speakers; and interactive gaming products such as joysticks, gamepads and racing systems.
With operational headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Romanel, Switzerland, and Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland under the symbols LOGN and LOGZ, and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGIY). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information about Logitech, visit the company´s web site at www.logitech.com.About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion. For more information about Motorola, visit the company´s web site at http://www.motorola.com.
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