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Fujitsu and Wi-LAN Deliver Industry Leadership in WiMAX-Compliant Broadband Wireless Technology

Libra MX Platform Using the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC to be Featured at Fujitsu Booth #205 at Broadband Wireless World April 21-22

Fujitsu Semiconductor America Inc.

Las Vegas, NV, April 21, 2005

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) and Wi-LAN Inc. will demonstrate Wi-LAN’s Libra MXTM network system, using the Fujitsu WiMAX System-on-Chip (SoC), MB87M3400, in the Fujitsu booth #205 at the seventh annual Broadband Wireless World in Las Vegas, April 21-22. Fujitsu will also introduce its WiMAX SoC at a press conference at the show on April 21. The event will take place in the Genoa Room in Caesar’s Palace, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Wi-LAN’s Libra MX system is the industry’s first WiMAX platform that meets the performance and throughput requirements of demanding point-to-point and point-to-multipoint broadband applications. Wi-LAN’s next-generation broadband wireless access systems are being built around the new, highly integrated WiMAX-compliant system-on-chip developed by Fujitsu Microelectronics America and Wi-LAN.

Fujitsu and Wi-LAN have been working closely on WiMAX technology since late 2002. Wi-LAN has combined its system expertise and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology with FMA’s chip design capabilities in a development program that created the new SoC from Fujitsu. The highly integrated, high-performance solution incorporates embedded processors and mixed signal technology in a device that will enable systems developers like Wi-LAN to provide cost-effective WiMAX Forum Certified™ equipment.

FMA and Wi-LAN are founding and board members of the WiMAX Forum™ and active participants in the IEEE and ETSI standards bodies. Together, FMA and Wi-LAN have been leaders in generating industry-wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN standards, which are the basis of successful WiMAX deployments.

Wi-LAN’s Libra MX networks are guaranteed to be interoperable with future WiMAX-compliant solutions, which protects customer investments in Libra MX and will minimize future network and revenue disruption. Wi-LAN’s Continuity ProgramTM guarantees that any Libra MX subscriber unit will operate side by side, in the same network, the same cell and even the same sector with future WiMAX Forum Certified subscriber units, offering Wi-LAN customers a solid migration path to WiMAX Forum Certified systems, which are expected to be available in late 2005.

“Wi-LAN has established itself as an industry leader in advanced broadband wireless networking technology,” said Keith Horn, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Fujitsu Microelectronics America. “Our work with them has resulted in a high-performance, highly integrated, and cost-efficient WiMAX system-on-chip.”

“The development program with Fujitsu Microelectronics has created a very advanced broadband wireless-access device that will bring WiMAX broadband capabilities to a broad range of business and individual users,” said John Seliga, vice president of marketing for Wi-LAN. “Our collaboration has enabled a major step forward for the broadband wireless access industry.”

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, specializing in high-speed Internet access, LAN/WAN extension and broadband wireless access. Wi-LAN's broadband wireless access products are known worldwide for their high quality and industry-leading technology. Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patent is necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g or ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2 standards as well as the current drafts of the IEEE802.16a and ETSI BRAN HiperMAN proposed standards. Wi-LAN licenses its W-OFDM technology and has executed non-exclusive W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor companies. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com). Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at www.wi-lan.com.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding and board member of the WiMAX Forum™, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please visit the company's web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/WiMAX or please address e-mail to inquiry.bwa@fma.fujitsu.com

Press Contact - FMA

Emi Igarashi

Phone: Phone: 408-737-5647
E-mail: E-mail: eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.


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Date: April 21, 2005
City: Las Vegas, NV
Company: Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc., Wi_LAN Inc.