New Products Demonstrate Option's Continued Commitment to 'simplexity'



    BARCELONA, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Option (Euronext: OPTI); (OPNVY), the wireless
technology company, unveils three new wireless broadband devices at the Mobile
World Congress 2008. The high performance yet easy to use HSPA devices
continue Option's long-standing commitment to 'simplexity' - making complex
technologies simple and accessible to users.
    Built around the four key wireless broadband segments of Home, Embedded,
Professional and Consumer Solutions, Option's booth (Stand 2C54 in Hall 2)
demonstrates the company's vision of 'Anytime, Anywhere Easy Access to
Information'.
    The iCON 401, is a high performance and lightweight (only 40g) HSPA USB
wireless modem, incorporating a micro SD memory card expansion slot. The
stylish and innovative design, in which the antenna has been integrated into a
cover that rotates to protect the USB interface, has been recognised in
Germany's prestigious iF Product Design Awards 2008. Additionally, by
incorporating the antenna in the protective cover, Option has been able to
increase the separation between the antenna and the PC to enhance performance
and make the most of the Receive Diversity capability that optimises reception
in fringe coverage areas.
    The full press release of this product announcement can be found at
http://www.option.com/mwc
    The GT EXPRESS 401 data card is the world's first compact
ExpressCard-format data card to combine quad-band HSPA (900, 1900, AWS and
2100) with a fully integrated antenna system delivering professional
performance in a slim line design. Built to achieve peak HSDPA download speeds
of up to 7.2 Mbps with HSUPA uploads at up to 5.76 Mbps - depending on network
and device firmware release - the compact ExpressCard format offers the best
upload and download speeds available today.
    The full press release of this product announcement can be found at
http://www.option.com/mwc
    Highlighting Option's breadth of experience and expertise, the GTM382 is
a new generation wireless broadband embedded module capable of achieving
uplink data speeds of 5.76Mbps. This easy-to-integrate module allows
manufacturers of computers and consumer electronics (OEMs) to add broadband
WAN connectivity as well as an optional voice calling capability to consumer
electronic devices, laptops and PDAs. Two leading OEMs - Fujitsu Siemens
Computers and Samsung - are already developing new products incorporating the
device.
    The full press release of this product announcement can be found at
http://www.option.com/mwc
    All the new devices, iCON 401 - GT EXPRESS 401 - GTM382, incorporate
multi-band HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS to deliver global connectivity and
benefit from Receive Diversity and Receive Equalisation. Patented ZeroCD(TM)
technology makes Option's USB modems and data cards truly plug-and-play:
drivers, applications and manuals are automatically installed when the device
is used for the first time.
    The iCON 401, GT EXPRESS 401 and GTM382 are expected to ship in
commercial volumes in the third quarter of 2008.

    Mobile World Congress 2008

    Option can be found in Hall 2, Stand 2C54

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and WLAN
technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option has built up
an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the
performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's
headquarters are in Belgium (Leuven). The company has Research & Development
in Belgium (Leuven), Germany (Dusseldorf and Adelsried), Sweden (Stockholm),
and an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland
(Cork). Option also has offices in Europe, US, Asia, Japan and Australia.
    For more information please visit http://www.option.com





For further information:

For further information: Jan Pote, Corporate Communication Manager, Tel
+32(0)16-317-411, E-mail: j.pote@option.com

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