Extended Systems Provides Industry's Only IrDA-Qualified IrFM Test Suite

10/22/2003 - Extended Systems (NASDAQ: XTND) has announced that the company's recently released XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite v 1.0.2 has been authorized by the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) as the first and currently only qualified IrFM test tool on the market. This means that cell phone, PDA and point-of-sale vendors who are implementing infrared financial messaging (IrFM) capabilities must rely on Extended Systems' test suite to ensure compliance with the IrDA specification.

The IrFM Point and Pay Profile-a recently released specification from the IrDA-enables users to perform wireless financial transactions between a mobile device such as a cell phone and a point-of-sale terminal. Device manufacturers implementing IrFM capabilities into their products will need to validate, through IrDA Test Houses using the XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite, that they are compliant with IrFM specifications. IrFM qualification of products, using authorized IrDA test tools, is a prerequisite for the upcoming IrFM Point and Pay 'BeamFest," which will be held November 5th and 6th in Tokyo, Japan.

"This is another important step toward ensuring that implementation of IrDA's global wireless proximity payment specifications is successful," said Ron Brown, executive director of IrDA. "Extended Systems has been a major contributor to the development of the IrFM specification, and has authored the IrFM test specification."

XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite also tests for compliance with the OBEX (Object Exchange) test specification v 1.01. By combining OBEX and IrFM testing capabilities into one product, Extended Systems provides hardware manufacturers with a single tool to debug and test their devices, enabling fast and reliable deployment of products into the field.

For complete product and pricing information on Extended Systems' XTNDAccess IrDA Test Suite, please call1-800-235-7576 or visit www.extendedsystems.com.

Extended Systems' Protocol Expertise
In 1997, Extended Systems authored the original Object Exchange (OBEX) specification and oversaw its adoption by the IrDA and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (1999). In 2002, Extended Systems authored the IrFM test specification for the IrDA and released the first embedded software development kit for point-of-sale (POS) terminals and personal trusted devices (PTD). Extended Systems' wireless protocol expertise, leadership within the IrDA, Bluetooth and SyncML standards bodies, and its large base of more than 400 OEMs assures the highest quality development kits and test tools.

About IrDA
IrDA was established in 1993 to set and support hardware and software standards which create infrared communications links. As a non-profit organization, the Association's charter is to create an interoperable, low-cost, low-power, half-duplex, serial data interconnection standard that supports a walk-up, point-to-point user model that is adaptable to a wide range of applications and devices. Over 500 million consumer products are currently IrDA enabled.

About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help streamline business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile software suite enables the mobilization of critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). Extended Systems has more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide and key alliance relationships with Ericsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.

Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.extendedsystems.com.

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