Airgo and Caton Deliver World's First Wireless Set-Top Box Capable of Whole-Home Video Streaming

Airgo's True MIMO(TM) Gen3 Enters New Market, Caton's SCMC Technology Offers Service Providers Competitive Advantage

ANGACable, COLOGNE, Germany, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Wi-Fi industry innovator and pioneer Airgo Networks and Caton Overseas Ltd., a leading provider of DVB and IPTV solutions to the service provider market, today announced their collaboration on Caton's V2O Wireless Home Media Network, the world's first wireless set-top box capable of flawlessly distributing video streams throughout the home. Integrating state-of-the-art digital tuning, Single-Card-Multi-Channel (SCMC) technology, and network storage technologies, and featuring the STMicroelectronics MPEG decoder platform, Caton's V2O is a media hub that delivers multiple independent digital channels and personal video recording (PVR) content throughout the consumer's home in a wireless fashion. It also serves as centralized storage for consumer media files like MP3s, digital video and digital photos. A core part of the system, Airgo's True MIMO Media(TM), a True MIMO Gen3 technology optimized for multimedia distribution, enables wireless connectivity from the base unit to as many as three client set-top boxes streaming MPEG2 streams.

"The wireless market is all about new applications," said Greg Raleigh, president and CEO of Airgo Networks. "Consumers want to be able to watch entertainment wherever and whenever they choose, requiring more of wireless technology than was possible before the advent of Airgo's True MIMO Media technology. Airgo's chipsets are singular in their ability to flawlessly stream high-bandwidth, massive files like HDTV and other entertainment content throughout the house."

"After thoroughly vetting all Wi-Fi chips on the market or even in development, Caton identified Airgo True MIMO Media wireless chips as the only technology for the foreseeable future that has the performance necessary to deliver robust, error-free multimedia streaming throughout the home," noted Michael Yang, President of Caton. "Caton's unique RapidMedia protocol provides a superior digital TV experience as well as all the benefits of a wireless system for the consumer that were not possible before now. The V2O's network PVR brings full PVR functions to up to three individual rooms, like 3-PVRs-in-1. Wireless LCD TV, as part of the V2O system, can be placed anywhere in the household. Caton is confident that its broadcast partners will also benefit from the dramatically reduced installation and customer service cost that comes from a robust wireless home media network powered by True MIMO Media technology."

Caton will be releasing its V2O Wireless Home Media Network in two phases, the first of which will begin shipping to customers for satellite digital TV operators in the next few months. In early 2007, Caton will release the V2O Wireless Home Media Network for cable and IPTV installations.

About Caton

Caton Overseas Limited is a leading provider of professional and consumer digital TV and IPTV products and solutions based in China. With facilities in both Beijing and Shanghai, the company has a very strong R&D focus in media and wireless networking. The result is high-value-added digital TV solutions including complete end-to-end community IPTV solutions, the Wireless Home Media Network and wireless IP STBs. Its innovative technologies and products have positioned Caton in a leading position in the digital TV industry in China as well as in the worldwide market.

About Airgo Networks, Inc.

The founders of Airgo Networks have pioneered a wireless communication technique known as Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). A breakthrough in wireless, MIMO OFDM has been adopted as the foundation for defining the new IEEE 802.11n standard for next generation Wi-Fi(R). Airgo is first-to-market with 802.11a/b/g-compliant MIMO enhanced chipset, software and reference design solutions. Now in its third generation, Airgo's True MIMO(TM) technology has surpassed the speed of wireline connections, enabling the most bandwidth-intensive applications and eliminating the need for wires at home, at work, and in public places. Founded in January 2001, the company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA. Information about Airgo Networks is available at

NOTE: Airgo, Airgo Networks, the Airgo logo and Wireless Without Limits are registered trademarks of Airgo Networks, Inc. True MIMO and ACE are trademarks of Airgo Networks, Inc.

V2O, RapidMedia and SCMC are trademarks of Caton Overseas Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Joe Volat of Airgo Networks, +1-650-475-1983, or
Email Contact; or Press/Analyst Inquiries, Adriana Gascoigne
of LEWIS PR, +1-415-992-4424, or Email Contact; or Michael Yang of
Caton Overseas Limited, +86-13911128180, or Email Contact; or Sales
Inquiries, Beau Beck of Airgo Networks, +1-650-353-6035, or
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