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December 6, 2006
Xecom 2.4GHZ transceivers now run application code
Xecom User Code Feature Eliminates the Cost of a Microcontroller .

Xecom 2.4GHZ tranceiver Xecom, Inc., the embedded communications specialist, today announced a new feature permitting XE24S transceiver customers to run remote monitoring applications on the transceiver?s communications controller. This feature called ?User Code? eliminates the need for a microcontroller at the remote node, reducing system cost and complexity.

The XE24S transceivers use the Texas Instruments MSP430 F148 to control communications functions; however, these responsibilities do not utilize this microcontroller?s full capabilities. User Code permits the user to tap into the controller?s unused capabilities to run his remote monitoring application. Xecom reserved 8K Bytes of Flash memory space to store user generated code. A User Code Developer?s CD provides the tools to utilize the MSP430 F148 controller without interfering with its communications responsibilities. The contents of the User Code Developer?s CD include development tools, a listing of available system calls and User Code examples of common system functions.

?The use of free controller resources to support the user application simplifies our customers? hardware design and saves the cost of a microcontroller,? said Steve Clary, Xecom Marketing Vice President

Applications
The User Code feature targets applications that utilize the 6 I/O lines on the XE24S transceivers. These applications include remote monitoring applications such as irrigation controls or fluid tank monitoring, plus automated meter reading (AMR), security systems, and medical diagnostics.

Price and Delivery
The User Code Developer?s tools will be included at no extra charge in each XE24S Development Kit. Development Kits are available for all variations of the XE24S. Each development kit costs $295 and includes the development tools, two transceivers, two serial development boards, plus the required antennas and cables. Xecom also offers the User Code Developers CD separately for $49. A high resolution photo of the XE24S transceivers is available on the Xecom web site, www.Cermetek.com, or by request.

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Xecom, founded in 1983, provides global embedded communications solutions, including miniature telecommunications and wireless components, to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The company designs and manufactures these products using state of the art integrated circuit, hybrid, and printed circuit technology. Xecom easy-to-use, highly integrated solutions allow fast, error-free transfer of voice, fax, and data over public communication networks. Wired and wireless designs serve portable, remote, and embedded applications in industrial, medical, information technology, and communications markets. Transferable certifications ease the regulatory burden and shorten time to market for Xecom customers. Company headquarters are located in Milpitas, Calif.

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