Lantronix Software Enables a New Breed of Consumer Devices Destined for the Home Network

9/30/2002 - Lantronix announced the release of a new version (1.6) of its Premise SYSTM Home Control Software and several partnerships with leading consumer device manufacturers including iCEBOX (a division of Salton), ArialPhone and Global Cachet. Premise SYS version 1.6 is based on SYS networking technology that leverages PC-industry economies of scale and enables smart networked devices (such as security systems, entertainment systems and environmental control systems) to connect and work together over inexpensive consumer Ethernet networks. The new software version also ships with mSenseTM technology that enables consumers to select and enjoy digital and traditional multimedia content by title rather than understanding how to operate increasingly complex entertainment systems.

"The number of devices connected to the networked home is growing every day, as people require anywhere, anytime access to personal data and media. We've committed a substantial percentage of floor space in our stores to home networking products and services because we see significant expansion there in the next few years," said Mark Lamb, CompUSA Home Integration National Sales Manager. "The relationships forged by Lantronix and other manufacturers will deliver products that allow users unparalleled access to data, music, video, photos and to control a rapidly growing number of networked appliances."

As Ethernet establishes itself as the network backbone of the home, Lantronix's Device Networking products give device manufacturers the capability to incorporate this ubiquitous network technology without making significant changes to their own products. In many cases, there is no change required at all.

Unveiled at the CEDIA Expo in Minneapolis, the latest version of Premise SYS has several powerful new media management features and support for a new breed of networked consumer devices:

Dan Quigley, executive vice president of Lantronix, Applications Division, said, "Last year at CEDIA, we unveiled our ground-breaking control software based on open standards that was positioned firmly in the future direction of consumer networking, and our commitment to the standardization of device and service communication in homes and buildings. This year, we show results of our commitments and the growing number of OEMs that partner with us to enhance their products for the coming wave of networking that is gaining momentum in the consumer market."

The iCEBOX, from Salton, Inc., is the first Web-enabled entertainment center designed specifically for the kitchen. The product combines the features of email, Internet access, cable-ready TV, DVD/audio CD player, and home-video monitoring into one product. ArialPhone provides hands-free and wireless mobility simply by speaking voice commands. ArialPhone uses voice- recognition software to provide access to Premise SYS using a light-weight earset. Global Cache is a product designed to IP-enable common household devices and appliances, bringing Ethernet networking to IR devices, serial devices and relay switches.

About Lantronix
Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) is a provider of hardware and software solutions ranging from systems that allow users to remotely manage network infrastructure equipment to technologies that network-enable devices and appliances. Lantronix was established in 1989, and its worldwide headquarters are in Irvine, Calif.

Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc. mSense, Premise Systems and SYS are trademarks of Lantronix, Inc.

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