Digi Enables Secure Wi-Fi with Broadcom Wi-Fi Driver for NET+Works

8/24/2005 - Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced that it has added a driver for the Broadcom AirForce 802.11abg chipset to its NET+Works device networking tool kit. NET+Works is a complete development environment for network enabling embedded devices specifically optimized for the NetSilicon family of 32-bit NET+ARM microprocessors. The addition of WPA and a driver for the Broadcom AirForce chipset makes it easy for embedded designers to use industry standard Wi-Fi technology to securely IP-enable their devices.

"The Cardbus/MiniPCI driver for the Broadcom chipsets makes it easy for customers to wirelessly network a diverse range of products including, printers, elevators, surveillance cameras, price checkers and more using our NET+ARM processors and NET+Works development environment," said Tim Counihan, vice president of marketing, NetSilicon products, Digi International. "This integrated driver lets embedded engineers use the same NET+OS-based applications software for either wired or wireless networking. Similarly, the NET+OS-based applications can run across all of Digi's embedded products including ARM7 and ARM9 processors, Digi Connect® and ConnectCore" modules, and Digi Connect boxes. Our customers can select the right hardware for their design -- box, module or processor; Ethernet or WiFi -- with the confidence that they can deploy their solutions across a variety of products."

"The relationship with Digi International opens the door for us to extend our leadership in WiFi technology, increasing our presence in embedded markets like printers, projectors, and point-of-sale equipment," said Jeff Baer, senior marketing manager, Broadcom. "ODMs like Gemtek and Askey are producing millions of Cardbus and MiniPCI cards today based on our AirForce chipsets."

The NET+Works package runs across all Digi embedded platforms and includes the ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS), device networking applications (webserver, Email, FTP, Telnet, SNMPv3, etc.), development tools (Green Hills MULTI or Microcross GNU), a target specific development board with BSP and a JTAG or software debugger in an easy-to-use, integrated solution. NET+Works 6.3 adds the PCI/Cardbus driver for Broadcom's AirForce One chipsets along with WPA's temporal key (TKIP) encryption and secure authentication (PEAP with MS-CHAPv2). The PCI/Cardbus interface is available on products based on NetSilicon's NS9750.

Digi's family of embedded products is designed to make device networking easy and provide a seamless migration path across hardware platforms. This reduces design costs by allowing customers to get to market quickly and leverage previous software investment across multiple products.

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, call 877-912-3444.

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