Alereon Announces Acquisition of Wireless USB Driver Technology

AUSTIN, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 3, 2008— Alereon, Inc., the Certified Wireless USB technology leader for Worldwide Ultra Wideband (UWB) WiMedia solutions, today announced the acquisition of certain Wireless USB assets and the associated development team of Stonestreet One. The Stonestreet One Wireless USB drivers have been the gold standard used by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for platform certification since the organization began this work in 2007.

We are pleased to have acquired this part of the business from Stonestreet One, said Eric Broockman, CEO of Alereon. The market for Wireless USB products continues to expand, and the addition of the intellectual property and engineering expertise from Stonestreet One provides us additional resources to accelerate our customers ability to bring new products to market.

The addition of the Stonestreet One team expands Alereons software capabilities, adding depth of expertise in Linux, Windows XP, Vista, Mobile and the future Windows 7. The latest software produced by Alereon and Stonestreet One has the highest throughput in the industry and has created the worlds only Wireless USB bi-directional isochronous solution, enabling Wireless USB applications for both audio and webcams. Software acquired in this transaction includes Wireless USB WHCI, Device Wire Adapter (DWA) and Host Wire Adapter (HWA) drivers.

We are excited by the opportunity to add these industry-leading technical resources to our team, said Dr. David Shoemaker, vice president of engineering and operations at Alereon. The additional expertise will allow us to provide our customers with a complete solution using Alereons industry leading Wireless USB chips, software, reference designs and test systems.

Alereon's AL5000 family includes the AL5300/AL5100 Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset and the AL5350/AL5100 Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset with a PCIe interface. Both are based on WiMedia's common radio platform and integrate all essential RF circuitry plus the BBP/MAC and software to develop a worldwide Wireless USB product.

The Alereon AL5000 Chipset family transmits and receives WiMedia band groups one through six, which span frequencies of 3.1 to 10.6 GHz respectively. Unlike competitive bandgroup one or bandgroup three solutions, which may offer as little as a single channel in non-US applications, Alereon provides consumers in Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, China and New Zealand with as many as 19 additional channels. Manufacturers standardizing on Alereon solutions can produce a single product or SKU that can be designed and sold worldwide with a simple software modification to meet local regulatory requirements.

About Alereon, Inc.

Alereon, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company using revolutionary Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio technology to develop high-bandwidth, low-power, low-cost Wireless USB and WiMedia UWB chipsets that are ideal for todays personal computer and portable products, like digital cameras, mp3 players and cell phones. Our mission is to replace the complex tangle of wires that interconnect today's electronic devices with wireless links. For more information, visit http://www.alereon.com.



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