Option to Develop World's Smallest Wireless Module Optimized for Intel-Based Mobile Internet Devices (MID)



    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 7 /CNW/ - Option N.V. (Euronext: OPTI; OPNVY), the
wireless technology company, today announced a collaboration with Intel
Corporation (NASDAQ:   INTC) to optimize WWAN modules for Mobile Internet
Devices (MIDs) based on Intel's low power technologies.
    Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) are a new category of truly mobile
consumer devices that deliver full Internet experience on the go. These MIDs
rely on ubiquitous wireless connectivity and anytime internet access to
deliver range of usages around communication, entertainment and information.
    Option will deliver WWAN modules that meet the power, size and
performance characteristics needed for Mobile Internet Devices in 2008. Two
modules are currently in development and will be optimized for MIDs based on
Intel low power processors and chipsets. The GTM 201 EDGE module, which will
be attractive to major growth markets such as China, Latin America and
Southern Africa, and the HSPA module, GTM501 are planned for the first half of
2008. Delivered in an LGA package measuring just 25 x 30 x 2.5 mm, the devices
are respectively the world's smallest EDGE and HSPA WWAN modules.
    Jan Callewaert, CEO Option, commented: "Delivering wireless modules that
meet the requirements of Mobile Internet Devices is a major challenge and
requires specific components and packaging techniques that are only now
becoming available. We look forward to collaborating with Intel to optimize
the WWAN module for Intel-based Mobile Internet Devices and helping identify
customers that will be key to bringing these connected ultra mobile devices to
life."
    "Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) present an exciting growth opportunity
for the industry. Intel is innovating for this category by delivering a range
of building blocks, including low power processors and chipsets, to our
customers" said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Corporation Senior Vice President
and General Manager of the Ultra Mobility Group. "We expect MIDs to have a
range of wireless technologies and collaborating with Option on WWAN solutions
for the category will help fuel the demand."
    Option is attending the Computex exhibition in Taiwan, June 5-9
(http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/).

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G WCDMA (HSPA and UMTS), EDGE, GPRS,
GSM 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 Leuven, Belgium. The company has Research & Development in
Leuven, a Software and Applications development centre in Adelsried (Germany),
a Wireless Router development centre in Stockholm (Sweden), an ISO 9002
production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland. Option also
has sales & support operations in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For
more information please visit www.option.com.





For further information:

For further information: Jan Callewaert, CEO, Tel: +32-(0)16-317-411;
Douglas Ros, Vice President, Business Development, Tel: +32-(0)16-317-411,
E-mail: d.ros@option.com

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