Digi Debuts Embedded Core Module with Integrated Wired, Wireless Networking

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced the introduction of the ConnectCore Wi-9C, the industry’s first embedded core module with fully integrated wired 10/100 Mbit Ethernet and secure 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN networking capabilities. It is the first embedded core module to allow device manufacturers to design in both wired and wireless networking functionality with a single solution.

“With the significant improvements in wireless LAN technology and security, end user demand for wireless devices is rapidly growing,” said Joel Young, vice president of engineering, Digi International. “Wireless is the future. The ConnectCore Wi-9C makes it easier for device manufacturers to meet this growing demand by providing a single secure solution for both wired and wireless networking.”

Powered by Digi’s ARM9-based NetSilicon(R) NS9360 processor, the ConnectCore Wi-9C is a complete and fully integrated main processing system with secure wired and wireless LAN capabilities. It is also pre-certified to eliminate costly certification delays during wireless product development.

“Wireless design requires regulatory approval of a device in each region it is deployed,” Young added. “By pre-certifying the ConnectCore Wi-9C, Digi eliminates the costly and time-consuming certification processes for the device manufacturer. Because the ConnectCore Wi-9C also uses Digi’s own wireless radio technology, we can provide long-term product availability and ensure customers are not tied to the typically short, consumer market driven lifecycles of traditional radio chipsets.”

Tailored to meet the requirements of embedded product design, the ConnectCore Wi-9C is interchangeable and pin-compatible with the ConnectCore 9C, an embedded core module for wired networking. A single design and development effort can now result in a product line with both wired and combined wired/wireless networking capabilities.

The ConnectCore Wi-9C is fully RoHS-compliant and provides up to 256 MB of SDRAM and Flash memory along with integrated wired and wireless networking in a compact SO-DIMM form factor. It features the highest level of wireless security, including WEP, WPA and WPA2/802.11i. Additional features such as industrial-grade operating temperature range (-40° C to +85° C) and unique population option flexibility for speed, memory size and on-board connectors make it the ideal choice for a wide variety of applications.

Digi’s complete NET+Works(R), Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE 5.0 and Linux development kits minimize traditional software design risks and dramatically shorten the development process. The ConnectCore Wi-9C with 802.11b/g support will be available third quarter 2006 starting at $149 in 1,000 quantities. For more information, visit http://www.digi.com/products/embeddedmodules/connectcorewi9c.jsp.

About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, makes device networking easy by developing products and technologies that are cost effective and easy to use. Digi markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

For more information, visit Digi’s Web site at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.