Wireless Applications

Richardson Electronics Expands Wireless Distribution

June 22, 2007

The expanded distribution deal with RF Monolithics to include Cirronet branded products enables Richardson to offer ZigBee and comprehensive wireless sensor networking.


LA FOX, IL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RELL) announced it has expanded its product distribution agreement with RF Monolithics, Inc. (RFM [NASDAQ: RFMI]) to include products from RFM's subsidiary Cirronet, Inc. The agreement, which covers North America and South America, now includes distribution of Cirronet's line of ZigBee WPAN modules, 802.15.4 modules, and proprietary wireless sensor networking modules and complementary products.

"We are pleased with the expansion of our relationship with Richardson Electronics," commented Duane Covell, Director of Worldwide Distribution for RFM. "Our business model will continue to place high priority upon the role of our distributors, especially as our product portfolio continues to expand. Richardson Electronics is an excellent example, as they add significant value with wireless technical expertise and special understanding of their local markets."

"RFM is well known in the industry as an established leader in wireless solutions," stated Chris Marshall, Richardson Electronics' Vice President of Wireless and Broadband Communications. "The addition of Cirronet's extensive product line of ZigBee and proprietary products will allow customers the benefits of low engineering costs and fast time to market with a proven, reliable solution. It also gives them the option of migrating to an embedded solution from the same source as market demands mature."

Cirronet products distributed through Richardson Electronics include ready-to-use ZigBee modules, 802.15.4 modules, proprietary MiniMESH and VersaMESH modules, proprietary frequency hopping modules and associated developer's kits, gateways and access points. These products target a wide range of industrial, commercial, and home applications where reliable wireless communication is a must. These products are in addition to RFM's line of products currently distributed by Richardson Electronics that include low power components, filters, RFICs, low power transmitters, receivers and transceivers, frequency control products, and Virtual Wire products based on RFM's proprietary ultra low power, amplifier-sequenced hybrid (ASH) radio architecture. More information is available online here.

About Cirronet
Cirronet supplies wireless modules and box products for the industrial market to device OEM manufacturers, integrators, and end users. Its products enable customers to wirelessly monitor and control electronic devices by establishing wireless connection between machines and the internet. Its OEM modules are incorporated into custom wireless solutions ranging from portable heart monitors to overhead crane controls, and its industrial box products provide wireless connections in harsh industrial environments. Cirronet's products are based on proprietary and industry standard protocols that include ZigBeeTM, BluetoothTM, and WIFI; and they operate in the license-free 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM bands. Please visit Cirronet's web site at www.cirronet.com. Cirronet is a wholly owned subsidiary of RF Monolithics, Inc.

About RFM
Celebrating over 27 years of providing low-power wireless solutions, RFM(NASDAQ: RFMI), headquartered in Dallas, TX, is enabling the next generation of wireless applications with a solutions-driven, technology-enabled approach to wireless connectivity. RFM provides the connections to extend the edge of the Internet to communicate with the billions of unconnected machines through a broad range of low-power wireless solutions - from comprehensive industrial wireless sensor networks to high-performance RF components. RFM was named to M2M Magazine's "2007 M2M 100," a list of the most important and influential machine-to-machine technology providers. For more information on RF Monolithics, Inc., please visit the Company's Web site.

About Richardson Electronics, Ltd.
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RELL) is a global provider of engineered solutions and electronic components to the RF and wireless communications, industrial power conversion, electron device, and display systems markets. Richardson designs, manufactures and distributes discrete devices, components, and assemblies used in RF and wireless infrastructure, networks, digital broadcasting, defense, and power conversion. More information is available at the company's Web site.

Contacts
Richardson Electronics, Ltd.
David Silvius, Business Unit Manager
Wireless & Broadband Communications
Phone: 630-208-2884
Email : dgs@rell.com
 


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