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Logitech´s WingMan Cordless RumblePad Sets PC Gamers Free

 

World´s First PC-based, 2.4 GHz Radio Technology Cordless Gamepad With Vibration Feedback to Debut At ECTS

London, England (ECTS — Booth 1640) — September 2, 2001 -- Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGIY) (Switzerland: LOGN, LOGZ), today announced the world´s first 2.4GHz radio technology cordless gamepad for the PC platform — the Logitech WingMan® Cordless RumblePad™. Available in September at selected retail outlets and at http://www.logitech.com, the Logitech WingMan Cordless RumblePad will list at $49.95 (USD) / 139 DM or local equivalent in Europe.

"We´ve added a new dimension -- cordless freedom -- to the RumblePad concept, which has achieved tremendous success," said Ted Hoff, vice president and general manager of Logitech´s Interactive Entertainment Division. "PC gamers have been asking Logitech for a cordless gamepad for some time. Until now, there have been technology limitations associated with cordless gaming performance.

 "We have overcome these constraints, and developed a revolutionary form of 2.4GHz cordless radio technology, which we believe delivers a 'no-compromises' cordless PC gaming experience."

About Logitech WingMan Cordless RumblePad:

Like today´s most advanced cordless phones, the Logitech WingMan Cordless RumblePad incorporates 2.4GHz technology. A 50-hour battery life coupled with 20-feet or more of range provides the ultimate cordless solution for gamers. Included with WingMan Cordless RumblePad is a compact 2.4GHz receiver, which connects to the PC´s USB port. While in operation, the receiver and cordless gamepad are always "channel hopping," as they constantly check each other´s channel to confirm that the connection is reliable and interference-free. Up to eight different gamepads can be used in the same room at the same time, and when the gamepad is no longer being used, it goes into "sleep" mode to save battery life. Sleep mode can be overridden by pressing any button.

Dual analog sticks and a precise 8-way D-pad provide outstanding directional control, while two small motors in the handles of the gamepad vibrate independently to give simulated environmental effects. A dedicated "rumble" button turns the vibration feature off when not used. A convenient throttle is included in the new design, as are 11 programmable buttons. A dedicated "mode" button easily switches the functionality of the gamepad between sports and flight simulation modes.

When using the Cordless RumblePad with the included Logitech® WingMan® Profiler™ software, players can double the number of programmable functions with a user-defined shift button option, create and save customized button functions for their favorite games, print out profiles for a quick reference and even download new game profiles from http://www.logitech.com.

The WingMan Cordless RumblePad includes four AAA batteries, a one-year warranty and has a USB-only interface. System requirements: An IBM® Compatible PC with an Intel Pentium® or AMD-K6® processor or greater, Windows® 98 or greater, 16MB or RAM, 15MB of free hard disk space, CD-ROM drive, an available USB port and DirectX® 6.0 or greater is required.

About Logitech:

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets human interface devices and software that link people to digital information and the Internet and enable them to work, play, learn and communicate more effectively in the digital world. The Company´s product family includes Internet video cameras; mice, trackballs and keyboards; audio and telephony products; and interactive gaming controllers.

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.

 

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