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CalAmp and Airespace Sign Production Agreement to Strengthen Reliability and Performance of Enterprise Wireless Solutions


Product Collaboration Builds Upon Strengths of Airespace, CalAmp and Atheros Communications to Introduce Benefits of "Switched RF"

OXNARD & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2004-- Airespace, Inc., and CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP) today announced they are working together to provide market-leading beamswitching technologies into the enterprise Wireless LAN (WLAN) marketplace. The initiative, expected to result in product availability in the first half of 2005, will incorporate Atheros Communications, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: ATHR) advanced WLAN chipset technology.

Under the agreement, Airespace and CalAmp will focus on product initiatives surrounding Airespace's market-leading WLAN system and CalAmp's RASTER(TM) technology, an adaptive digital beamswitching technology that utilizes multiple antennas and advanced RF design to improve data speed, range and security for wireless networks.

"Today's announcement represents a significant step forward for CalAmp in meeting its goals of developing new product opportunities and expanding our business into emerging markets," said Tracy Trent, President, Solutions Division of CalAmp. "Airespace and Atheros are playing a leading role in the advancement of Wi-Fi technology, and our alliance will speed the availability and adoption of enterprise wireless network solutions that are powerful and easy to use."

Airespace has developed a range of award-winning products for, and has emerged a market share and technology force in, the enterprise WLAN market. The company introduced the first commercial enterprise-class WLAN switching system and was one of the first to develop and leverage smart antenna technology to create a "Switched RF" environment. Its development of the Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP) enables the integration of critical access point partners such as CalAmp.

RASTER(TM)technology, introduced by CalAmp in 2003, implements a unique combination of antenna array design and spatial processing techniques to optimize data performance in high multipath environments. This multi-antenna technology provides an effective means of directing RF energy between an access point and each individual client. It represents significant advancement over previous access point RF technology resulting in bi-directional throughputs with less variation and typical signal improvement of at least 50 percent in weak signal conditions.

"CalAmp has long been a leader in the design and manufacture of RF technologies and the RASTER technology will play a key role in the next generation of WLAN technology," said Brett Galloway, president and CEO at Airespace. "Partnering with CalAmp and Atheros, we can now deliver a switched RF offering to the enterprise with the security as well as the consistent and reliable performance that enterprises have come to expect from wired environments."

"The use of our technology by Airespace and CalAmp should help accelerate the widespread adoption of wireless networking in the enterprise market, and invite leading developers of mission-critical applications to take advantage of the power of seamless computing and mobility," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development at Atheros Communications. "Together, we are solving many of the obstacles facing the marketplace in making wireless networking bulletproof."

About Airespace, Inc.
Airespace designs and develops intelligent wireless networking platforms that support business-critical applications. The company has set the standard for enterprise Wireless LANs, having earned CMP LLC's "Best of Interop Award," Network Computing's "Editor's Choice Award" and "Well Connected Product of the Year," Network World's "World Class Award" and "Best of the Test Award," IDG's Network Award 2004, Internet Telephony's "Product of the Year," eWeek's "Annual Excellence Award," and nomination as one of the "Best Wireless Products of 2003" in InfoWorld's "Reader's Choice" Awards. With dynamic RF management, air-tight security, seamless mobility, and support for real-time applications such as voice, Airespace helps enterprises implement secure and manageable Wireless LAN networks worldwide.

About Atheros Communications, Inc.
Atheros Communications is a leading developer of semiconductor system solutions for wireless communications products. Atheros combines its wireless systems expertise with high-performance radio frequency (RF), mixed signal and digital semiconductor design skills to provide highly integrated chipsets that are manufacturable on low-cost, standard complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processes. Atheros technology is being used by a broad base of leading customers, including personal computer and networking equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit or send email to

About CalAmp Corp.
CalAmp is a leading provider of breakthrough wireless and content delivery solutions, services and products. With comprehensive capabilities ranging from product inception through production, CalAmp is a trusted partner delivering cost-effective high quality solutions to a broad array of customers and markets. CalAmp is one of the largest suppliers of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment to the U.S. satellite television market and offers solutions for digital multimedia delivery, residential broadband data delivery, healthcare, retailing applications, public safety markets and wireless enterprise connectivity. The company is headquartered in Oxnard, California and has approximately 600 employees. Founded in 1981, CalAmp has been publicly traded since 1983 as Nasdaq: CAMP.

NOTE: Atheros and the Atheros logo are trademarks of Atheros Communications, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.


Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including the collaboration between CalAmp and Airespace and the continuing alliance between them, the use of Atheros' technology in connection with their initiatives, and future adoption of wireless networking in the enterprise market, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results, including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products and technological advances, Atheros', Airespace's and CalAmp's ability to develop and market their respective products and products resulting from the initiative, their ability to continue to work together on commercially acceptable terms, and other risks detailed in Atheros' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004 and in CalAmp's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended August 31, 2004, and in other SEC filings made by each of Atheros and CalAmp from time to time. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Each of Atheros, Airespace and CalAmp disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Airespace, Inc., San Jose
Alan Cohen, 408-635-2003
CalAmp Corp., Oxnard
Lee Douglass, 858-554-1400
Atheros Communications, Sunnyvale
Cheryl Patstone, 408-773-5344

SOURCE: CalAmp Corp.

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