Wavecom (Paris:AVM) (NASDAQ:WVCM) (ISIN:FR0000073066) introduced the new Fastrack Supreme Wireless CPU(R). This Plug & Play family product evolution keeps the same versatile form factor as the previous Fastrack product packed with a host of new features that will carry customer applications well into the future.
In order to better serve its customers, Wavecom launched a survey on the future of the Fastrack product in June of 2006, the first in what the company expects to be a standard part of customer-focused product planning for the future. Overwhelming response focused on several key needs, all of which are addressed in the Fastrack Supreme.
Customers revealed the need for additional input/output (IO) options and enhanced expandability for optional features. In response, Wavecom has developed an exciting new, open-standard Internal Expansion Socket (IES) interface for customers to add additional IO connectivity or features like GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and more. The open interface means customers are able to develop their own expansion modules and customize the product for their specific requirements. Or, they can look to Wavecom for new expansion modules designed to address their most-pressing needs. With the new Fastrack Supreme, Wavecom also announces three such options: one for IO expansion with mini USB connectivity; one with GPS functionality and USB; and one with IO expansion, GPS functionality and USB. Wavecom expects to offer additional optional expansion modules in the future in direct response to customer needs.
The Fastrack Supreme Wireless CPU(R) also features Wavecom’s Open AT(R) Software Suite offering Real-Time native execution of embedded C applications plus download-over-the-air (DOTA) capabilities for simple, cost-effective upgrades and maintenance, compatible with the recently announced Remote Device Management Service (RDMS) from Wavecom. Open AT(R) enables developers to fully embed their software application inside Fastrack Supreme and as a direct consequence reduce product design, material and after-sale costs.
In addition, the survey revealed customers’ strong attachment to existing form factor and interfaces as well as a progression from GPRS to EDGE and on to 3G and HSDPA – all of which are incorporated in the rugged new product design. The first to be available are the Fastrack Supreme 10, supporting GPRS, and Fastrack Supreme 20, supporting EDGE.
“Fastrack Supreme’s unique value radiates from its ability to be customized not only by Wavecom but by our customers, too, in terms of both hardware and software – a true first in the industry,” said Philippe Guillemette, Wavecom Chief Technology Officer & VP Marketing. “But we are even more proud of the fact that this product is a direct response to our customers’ wants and needs. We are intent on continued dialogue with our customers in order to consistently deliver the most-innovative, best tailored solutions on the market.”
Engineering samples of the new Fastrack Supreme are expected in April 2007.
Visit Wavecom at the EXPOCOMM Mexico, February 27-March 3 in the French Pavilion.
Wavecom is a worldwide leader in embedded industrial wireless communication solutions for automotive, machine-to-machine and mobile professional applications. Wavecom’s solutions include the Open AT(R) software platform encompassing the Wavecom Open AT(R) Operating System, a wide range of Plug-Ins, the Open AT(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) along with a market-leading range of Wireless CPU(R) (Central Processing Units), and an expanding portfolio of services. These complete embedded solutions enable makers of all types of machines to develop a new breed of intelligent wireless applications, without the need of external processors and other ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) and components.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Paris, Wavecom has subsidiaries in Hong Kong (PRC), Research Triangle Park, NC (USA) and Camberley (UK). Wavecom is publicly traded on Euronext Paris (Eurolist compartment B: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066) in France and on the NASDAQ (WVCM) exchange in the U.S.