Companies news of 2006-12-11 (page 1)

  • Imation Corp Announces Fourth Quarter 2006 Conference Call Schedule
  • Verizon Vice Chairman and President Larry Babbio Announces Plans to Retire After 41-Year...
  • Cree Expands Patent Litigation Against BridgeLux With Additional Patents
  • Agile Software Corporation Announces Filing of Shareholder Derivative Suit
  • Singer Named First Chief Technology Officer for Sony Pictures- New Post Highlights SPE's...
  • U.S. International Trade Commission Upholds Finding of Patent Infringement Against...
  • Cingular Wireless Opens New Stores in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Mount Dora, St. Petersburg,...
  • Integrated Research Announces PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager Support for Avaya
  • Raytheon Achieves Highest CMMI Rating for Software Engineering at its Indianapolis...
  • Trend Micro Receives Top Marks by IT Executives According to CIO Insight's 2006 Vendor...
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    Imation Corp Announces Fourth Quarter 2006 Conference Call Schedule

    OAKDALE, Minn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Imation Corp is scheduled to webcast its teleconference following the release of fourth quarter 2006 financial results on Thursday, January 25, 2007. Financial results are scheduled to be released at 6:00 AM Central Time with the teleconference scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM Central Time.

    A live webcast of the teleconference will be available on the Internet at http://www.imation.com/ or http://www.streetevents.com/ . A replay of this webcast will be available at either of these websites through Tuesday, January 30, 2007. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 12:00 PM Central Time, January 25, 2007 until 5:00 PM Central Time on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 by dialing 866-837-8032 (access #1013424).

    All remarks made during the teleconference will be current at the time of the call and the replay will not be updated to reflect any subsequent material developments.

    Additional information about Imation is available on the company's website at http://www.imation.com/ , or by calling 1-888-466-3456.

    About Imation Corp

    Imation Corp is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of magnetic and optical removable data storage media. Additional information about Imation is available on the company's website at http://www.imation.com/ , or by calling 1-888-466-3456.

    Imation Corp

    CONTACT: Brad Allen, Vice President, Corporate Communications and
    Investor Relations, of Imation Corp, +1-651-704-5818, bdallen@imation.com

    Web site: http://www.imation.com/




    Verizon Vice Chairman and President Larry Babbio Announces Plans to Retire After 41-Year Career

    NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Vice Chairman and President Lawrence T. Babbio Jr. has notified the Verizon Communications Inc. Board of Directors of his intention to retire from the company by the end of the first quarter 2007.

    A 41-year veteran of Verizon and its predecessor companies, Babbio is responsible for the Verizon Business and Verizon Telecom business units, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Wireless.

    "My decision comes at a time when we have successfully positioned Verizon to extend its industry-leading position in both the wireless and wireline businesses," said Babbio. "Our strategies are in place and producing outstanding results. We have a strong and experienced executive team leading Verizon's key networked-based businesses. With Verizon Business meeting all our post-merger expectations and our broadband and video business opening new opportunities in the marketplace, this is the right time to transition to the next generation of leadership."

    Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg said, "Larry has proven over and over again his innate ability to think beyond the status quo and to embrace change, no matter how transformational. He has been one of the industry's most adept technology leaders and has been instrumental in helping chart the right course for Verizon. In fact, Larry has been deeply involved in all of Verizon's technology platforms, having provided early leadership to our wireless business, strong guidance in the acquisition and integration of MCI, and relentless drive as we have deployed broadband. We will miss him as a gifted colleague, but we are very pleased that he will remain with us through the first quarter so we can work together on the transition."

    Verizon will announce transition plans in the coming weeks.

    Babbio began his career in the communications industry in 1966 with New Jersey Bell Telephone. After working in engineering, network construction and technology development leadership positions at New Jersey Bell and AT&T, Babbio in 1995 was elected Vice Chairman of Bell Atlantic.

    Prior to the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger in 2000, Babbio was President and Chief Operating Officer for Bell Atlantic, where he shared oversight for all of the company's business operations. He also served as Chairman of Bell Atlantic's Global Wireless Group, one of the world's largest wireless operations at the time. Babbio today also serves as Chairman of the board of trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a member of the boards of the Hewlett-Packard Company, ARAMARK Corporation and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , a New York-based Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

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    Verizon

    CONTACT: Peter Thonis of Verizon, +1-212-395-2355,
    peter.thonis@verizon.com

    Web site: http://www.verizon.com/

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    Cree Expands Patent Litigation Against BridgeLux With Additional Patents

    DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cree, Inc. , a leader in LED solid-state lighting components, today announced that it has expanded its patent litigation against BridgeLux (formerly eLite Optoelectronics) with claims of infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,614,056 ("the '056 patent") and 6,885,036 ("the '036 patent"). These claims are in addition to the previously filed claims based on Cree's U.S. Patent No. 6,657,236 as well as U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738.

    Cree's '056 and '036 patents, which are both entitled "Scalable LED With Improved Current Spreading Structures," relate to contact structures in light- emitting diodes with improved current spreading. Cree added these patents in a counterclaim responding to BridgeLux's complaint filed in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In the counterclaim, in addition to seeking an injunction to stop BridgeLux's on-going infringement, Cree has also requested a declaration that BridgeLux's sole patent-at-issue is invalid over Cree's earlier '056 and '036 patents. The counterclaim also seeks a declaration that BridgeLux's patent is not infringed and unenforceable due to fraud and/or inequitable conduct committed before the Patent Office. A trial date has yet to be set.

    About Cree, Inc.

    Cree is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors and devices that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree's market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products.

    Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current, switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixture makers to defense-related federal agencies.

    Cree's product families include blue and green LED chips, lighting LEDs, LED backlighting solutions, power-switching and radio-frequency/wireless devices. For additional product specifications, please refer to http://www.cree.com/.

    Cautionary Statement

    Statements expressed or implied in this press release that are not solely historical in nature may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward- looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated, including the risks and uncertainties of complex litigation generally and patent litigation in particular; the substantial expense of such litigation regardless of its outcome; the substantial management time and attention required by such litigation; and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 26, 2006.

    Cree and the Cree logo are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.

    Cree, Inc.

    CONTACT: Raiford Garrabrant, Director, Investor Relations of Cree, Inc.,
    +1-919-313-5397, or fax, +1-919-313-5615, or Raiford_Garrabrant@cree.com

    Web site: http://www.cree.com/




    Agile Software Corporation Announces Filing of Shareholder Derivative Suit

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation today announced it has been notified that a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on December 5, 2006, naming the Company as a nominal defendant and also naming as defendants certain of the Company's officers and directors. The lawsuit makes claims with respect to the Company's awarding of stock option grants, alleging that backdated stock options were granted by the Company from April 2000 through May 2002. Agile previously announced that a Special Committee was reviewing the Company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting. That review is still underway. The Company's board of directors and management intends to review the allegations of the lawsuit and will address the matter and respond in a manner it considers to be in the best interests of the shareholders.

    About Agile Software Corporation

    Agile Software Corporation helps companies drive profits, accelerate innovation, improve quality, enable globalization and ensure regulatory compliance throughout the product lifecycle. With a broad suite of enterprise class PLM solutions and time-to-value focused implementations, Agile helps companies get the most from their products. 3COM, Acer, Bayer, Broadcom, CooperVision, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Foxconn, GE Medical Systems, Harris, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Diversey, Lockheed Martin, McAfee, McDonald's, Micron, Philips, QUALCOMM, Sharp, Shell, Siemens, Tyco Healthcare and ZF are among the over 11,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer packaged goods, electronics, high tech, industrial products, and life sciences industries that have licensed Agile solutions. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit http://www.agile.com/.

    NOTE: Agile, Agile Software and the Agile logo are registered trademarks and Agile On Demand, Agile Advantage, Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Cost Management, Agile Product Governance & Compliance, Agile Product Service & Improvement, Agile Product Quality Management, Agile Product Portfolio Management, Agile Engineering Collaboration, Agile Product Interchange and AgileMD are trademarks of Agile Software Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders.

    Agile Software Corporation

    CONTACT: Terri Pruett of Agile Software Corporation, +1-408-284-4048, or
    Terri.Pruett@agile.com

    Web site: http://www.agile.com/




    Singer Named First Chief Technology Officer for Sony Pictures- New Post Highlights SPE's Growth in Digital Market -

    CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitch Singer has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), it was announced today by Beth Berke, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the company.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061211/LAM081)

    Singer, who headed up SPE's Digital Policy Group since 2001, will be responsible for establishing and communicating an integrated media technology strategy for the studio. As part of this effort, he will identify digital business opportunities, explore new formats for products and services, represent SPE in industry forums and work to mitigate the growing threat of digital media piracy. In addition, Singer will evaluate emerging technologies and develop usage models that give consumers the greatest possible flexibility.

    "Sony Pictures is growing rapidly in the digital marketplace, and we need a CTO to ensure that all our divisions are moving in the same direction," said Berke. "Over the past five years, Mitch has been instrumental in developing our digital policies and representing SPE in cross-industry technology negotiations. He has an uncanny ability to protect the interests of content providers while finding common ground among the content, IT and electronics industries. That is a crucial talent in bringing us to the next stage of digital distribution." Singer will report to Berke.

    "Sony Pictures wants to make entertainment available wherever, whenever and however audiences desire it, and that requires strategic investments, risk-taking and vision," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of SPE. "Mitch is the ideal person to manage our digital moves because he has a keen understanding of digital entertainment from both the business and consumer points of view."

    "The digital marketplace is rapidly evolving, and it is incumbent upon us to find opportunities in these emerging technologies to improve the consumer experience and not react out of fear," Singer said. "No one person can keep on top of every development in the field, but by organizing our digital initiatives and maintaining open lines of communication throughout Sony Pictures, I hope to help keep us at the cutting edge of these exciting new opportunities."

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has been a longtime leader in the arena of digital entertainment. It was one of the first studios in the DVD business and the first to sell television shows online and movies for mobile devices. SPE is also one of the pioneers in digital downloading, with more than 100 of its movies available for purchase online. Sony Pictures also includes Sony Online Entertainment, a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. In August, SPE acquired Grouper, one of the fastest-growing user-generated video websites on the Internet.

    Singer joined SPE in 1990 as Counsel in the Litigation Group. In 1991, he became Counsel to the Television Legal Group, and was promoted to Senior Counsel in 1992. He was named Assistant General Counsel in 1994 and became Vice President in the Television Legal Group in 1996. That same year, he was named head of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment Legal Affairs. In 1997, Singer became Senior Vice President and transferred to the Intellectual Property Department for SPE. In this capacity he was responsible for traditional intellectual property issues such as copyright and trademark, new technology licensing and content protection.

    Mitch Singer received both his JD and MBA from the University of San Diego.

    Media contact: Jim Kennedy Sony Pictures Entertainment (310) 244-6777 jim_kennedy@spe.sony.com

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Sony Pictures Entertainment

    CONTACT: Jim Kennedy of Sony Pictures Entertainment, +1-310-244-6777,
    jim_kennedy@spe.sony.com




    U.S. International Trade Commission Upholds Finding of Patent Infringement Against QualcommCommission Will Now Decide Appropriate Remedy for Qualcomm's Infringement

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has upheld an initial determination that Qualcomm Incorporated infringes five claims of a Broadcom(R) patent.

    The Commission will now consider the appropriate remedy for Qualcomm's infringement, which could include a permanent exclusion order barring the importation into the United States of infringing Qualcomm chips, a cease and desist order barring Qualcomm from further use or sale of infringing products in the United States, and/or an exclusion order barring the importation into the United States of cellular phones containing infringing Qualcomm chips.

    On October 10 ITC Administrative Law Judge Charles E. Bullock determined that all three patents asserted in the ITC proceeding by Broadcom were valid, and that one, U.S. Patent No. 6,714,983, was infringed by Qualcomm. The Commission's decision, issued December 8, rejected Qualcomm's challenges to those findings. The infringing products include cellular baseband processor chips that comprise Qualcomm's core suite of enhanced multimedia and convergence handset platforms.

    "Qualcomm expects other companies to respect and pay dearly for the use of its intellectual property, but refuses to respect the intellectual property of others. The Commission's decision is an important step toward leveling that lopsided view," said David A. Dull, Broadcom's Senior Vice President and General Counsel. "We fully intend to prosecute this ITC case to conclusion, and to continue to aggressively enforce our patent rights against Qualcomm in other pending cases."

    In the next step of the ITC process, the Commission will receive additional briefing from the parties regarding the appropriate remedy for Qualcomm's infringement, and will issue its determination on remedy by February 9, 2007. The President then has sixty days to approve or disapprove the remedy.

    A recent IEEE Spectrum magazine survey ranked Broadcom at No. 5 among hundreds of companies worldwide rated for the power of their patent portfolios.

    About Broadcom

    Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of- the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

    Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with annual 2005 revenue of $2.67 billion, is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-926-5000 or at http://www.broadcom.com/.

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    All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

    Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom include, but are not limited to, our ability to secure a favorable Final Determination in the U.S. International Trade Commission proceeding against Qualcomm; our ability to prevail in the federal lawsuits against Qualcomm; the ability of our patents to protect our intellectual property and products; our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights; and the risks associated with litigation in general, including the costs and time that must be devoted to litigation, the potential diversion of management's attention that may result from being engaged in litigation, and the possibility of adverse results.

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    Broadcom Business Press Contact Bill Blanning Vice President, Public Relations 949-926-5555 blanning@broadcom.com Broadcom Investor Relations T. Peter Andrew Vice President, Investor Relations 949-926-5663 andrewtp@broadcom.com

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    Andrew, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-949-926-5663,
    andrewtp@broadcom.com, both for Broadcom Corporation

    Web site: http://www.broadcom.com/




    Cingular Wireless Opens New Stores in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Mount Dora, St. Petersburg, and Winter Haven

    ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the busy holiday season, Cingular Wireless has opened five new company-owned retail stores in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, Winter Haven, and Mount Dora, for a total of 129 company-owned stores statewide.

    The new store locations include: - 250 S.E. 1st Street, Downtown Miami - The Galleria Mall, Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale - The Royal Palms on 4th Shopping Center, 5012 4th Street N., St. Petersburg - The Shoppes of Citrus Terrace, U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora - The Centre Plaza, 1107 3rd Street S.W., Winter Haven

    As the nation's largest wireless carrier, Cingular Wireless is committed to providing a customer and network experience second-to-none in the industry. With the recent opening of these new locations, Cingular now has 43 company- owned retail stores throughout South Florida from Key West to Vero Beach and 86 in West, Central and North Florida, making its advanced products and services easily accessible to customers.

    Cingular recently completed the rollout of its high-speed 3G mobile broadband network throughout the metropolitan areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Lakeland, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, providing customers with average download data speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second with bursts to over one megabit per second.

    The company's 3G network offers advanced wireless services, such as viewing video clips, and enhances existing wireless services by making them run faster. Customers can now download a game or ring tone, or access e-mail, in a fraction of the time it used to take. Additionally, Cingular customers using a 3G handset can access all the company's data services whenever they're connected to the Cingular network.

    About Cingular Wireless

    Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 58.7 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corporation , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(r), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com/.

    Cingular Wireless

    CONTACT: Kelly Layne Starling of Cingular Wireless, +1-561-775-4259, or
    kelly.starling@cingular.com

    Web site: http://www.cingular.com/
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    Integrated Research Announces PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager Support for Avaya

    SYDNEY, Australia, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integrated Research , developers of PROGNOSIS system performance monitoring and management software, today announced the availability of PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager support for key IP telephony solutions from Avaya , a global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.

    A market leader with more than six year's experience in large-scale enterprise and managed service provider IP telephony deployments, PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager gives deep visibility into the state of key system components that can impact call quality and service reliability, and provides an efficient tool that can significantly reduce the cost of operations.

    PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager support for Avaya enables operational staff to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot their IP telephony environment in real time. PROGNOSIS also tracks system performance and usage over time to help companies make better decisions about capacity requirements as their deployment grows. PROGNOSIS allows operations and management staff to better evaluate the expenses associated with deploying their IP telephony system, such as ongoing operational costs and future investment requirements.

    "Our software is renowned globally as the monitoring tool of choice for large-scale Cisco IP telephony deployments," said Nathan Brumby, General Manager of voice over IP (VoIP) and IP telephony products for Integrated Research. "As we announced in November, support for Avaya environments in response to market and customer demand is the first step in our product expansion to support the major IP communications technology platforms."

    PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager is immediately available for shipping, supporting Avaya Communication Manager versions 3.x and typically all phones and other telephony equipment supported by that PBX. Pricing for PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager support for Avaya is structured on a per phone basis and is available upon request.

    About PROGNOSIS and Integrated Research

    PROGNOSIS is a comprehensive suite of lifecycle management software products spanning network-readiness assessment, pre-deployment assurance testing, and ongoing performance management for IP communications environments.

    PROGNOSIS has been involved in IP telephony from the start and now manages more than 200 of the world's largest implementations for customers such as CarrAmerica, Internetwork Experts, Abercrombie and Fitch, Infostream, Warner Pacific, NASDAQ, Global Data Systems, and NCR.

    Integrated Research -- the people behind PROGNOSIS -- is a publicly listed company with an 18-year heritage of providing performance monitoring software for business-critical computing and IP telephony environments.

    The company services customers in more than 50 countries through direct sales offices in the USA, Europe, and Australia, and via a global channel- driven distribution network. Customers include the world's largest bank, telecommunications company, stock exchange, computer hardware manufacturer and Internet service provider.

    For more information visit the PROGNOSIS website: http://www.prognosis.com/ Media contact: Belinda York Vice President Global Marketing PROGNOSIS - by Integrated Research t: +61 2 9921 1565 e: belinda.york@prognosis.com w: http://www.prognosis.com/

    Integrated Research

    CONTACT: Belinda York, Vice President, Global Marketing, of PROGNOSIS -
    by Integrated Research, +61-2-9921-1565, belinda.york@prognosis.com

    Web site: http://www.prognosis.com/




    Raytheon Achieves Highest CMMI Rating for Software Engineering at its Indianapolis Operation

    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company , has achieved the highest Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI(R)) rating for software engineering processes at its Indianapolis location.

    The level 5 rating, the result of the business unit's recent appraisal against the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CMMI models, indicates that the site has proven continual, measurable software process improvement on its projects.

    The appraisal also included an initial assessment of the site's systems engineering. In this discipline, the site achieved a level 3 rating, a significant accomplishment for a first appraisal. This level demonstrates that the organization has established an infrastructure that institutionalizes effective systems engineering and management processes across all projects.

    CMMI is recognized worldwide as the standard by which businesses can measure the maturity of their technical and managerial processes. The levels indicate an organization's ability to provide predictable quality while managing and controlling project risks. The achievement of level 5 for software engineering and level 3 for systems engineering reflects Raytheon's ability to apply the mature processes and tools needed to ensure reliability, consistency and accuracy in the products they provide.

    "We are focused on continuously improving our processes in order to realize the increased cost-effectiveness, improved delivery schedules and high quality that enable our customers' mission success," said John Balaguer, RTSC vice president and general manager of RTSC's Indianapolis-based business unit. "This CMMI appraisal is the latest step on that journey and one on which we will continue to build."

    RTSC provides technology solutions for defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in Mission Support, counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism, base and range operations and customized engineering services and manufacturing.

    Raytheon Company, with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.

    News release Contact: Linda Ban 317.306.7093 Note to Editors: Additional Information

    Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is a process-improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes. It can be used to guide process improvement across a project, a division or an entire organization. CMMI helps integrate traditionally separate organizational functions, set process-improvement goals and priorities, provide guidance for quality processes, and provide a point of reference for appraising current processes. The five maturity levels of the CMMI models indicate stages of progressive development in an area. Each maturity level has a set of process areas with associated practices designed to effectively implement and institutionalize the infrastructure and activities necessary to achieve and maintain that level of process maturity.

    (R)CMMI is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.

    Raytheon Company

    CONTACT: Linda Ban of Raytheon Company, +1-317-306-7093

    Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/




    Trend Micro Receives Top Marks by IT Executives According to CIO Insight's 2006 Vendor Value StudyTrend Micro Ranks Number One with CIOs in Return on Investment Category and Finishes Second Among 40 in Overall Ziff-Davis Publication Rating

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trend Micro, Incorporated , a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services, today announced it has earned second place in the CIO Insight 2006 Vendor Value Study, ahead of all other security vendors. The study measured the value that leading U.S.-based IT executives place in vendor products and services and their overall satisfaction with the support these vendors provide.

    According to CIO Insight, its annual survey is a "ranking of the most important information technology vendors by value, reliability and loyalty." The publication also noted that, "Trend Micro takes over as the top security vendor," and specifically called out that Trend Micro excelled in the category of "solving the business problem paid to solve."

    "We are pleased to be ranked #2 among the top 40 IT vendors, between our largest U.S. channel partner at #1 and our largest technology partner at #3," said Eva Chen, chief executive officer, Trend Micro. "We're also thrilled by this survey testament to our entire organization in exceeding our competitors for meeting quality expectations."

    Respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with organizations that they had a relationship with, according to seven key criteria:

    * How well they have met their company's expectations for increasing revenues (or achieving mission, if not-for-profit) * How well they have met their company's expectations for lowering business or IT costs * How well they have solved the business problem their products or services were purchased or engaged to solve * How well they have met their company's ROI (business value) expectations The other three criteria focus on reliability: * How well they have met commitments to their company on time and budget * How flexible and responsive they have been to their company's needs * How well they have met their company's quality expectations for their products and services

    "CIOs consistently choose Trend Micro as their trusted security advisor because we take it to the next level in areas that matter most to them -- trustworthy security protection and reliable support," said Thomas Miller, vice president, North America sales, Trend Micro. "CIO Insight's survey results clearly underscore our sterling reputation and our leadership position in the IT industry as well as among security vendors."

    For more information on CIO Insight's Vendor Value 2006 Study, please go to: http://www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1540,2067515,00.asp

    About Trend Micro

    Trend Micro Incorporated is a pioneer in secure content and threat management. Founded in 1988, Trend Micro provides individuals and organizations of all sizes with award-winning security software, hardware and services. With headquarters in Tokyo and operations in more than 30 countries, Trend Micro solutions are sold through corporate and value-added resellers and service providers worldwide. For additional information and evaluation copies of Trend Micro products and services, visit our Web site at http://www.trendmicro.com/.

    Trend Micro, Inc.

    CONTACT: Mike Haro, PR Manager of Trend Micro, +1-408-850-1069, or
    Mike_Haro@trendmicro.com

    Web site: http://www.trendmicro.com/




    President Bush Intends to Appoint Harris CEO Howard L. Lance to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation , an international communications and information technology company, today announced that President George W. Bush intends to appoint Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation, to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The NSTAC provides industry-based advice and expertise to the President and his Cabinet on issues related to implementing national security and emergency preparedness communications policy.

    Since its inception in 1982, the NSTAC has addressed a wide range of policy and technical issues regarding communications, information systems, information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, and other national security and emergency preparedness communications concerns. It is composed of industry chief executives representing major communications and network service providers and information technology, finance, and aerospace companies.

    "It is an honor to be appointed by the President to serve on this important advisory committee," said Mr. Lance. "I hope to bring the breadth of Harris Corporation's expertise in assured communications and information technology to issues affecting national security and our Nation's emergency preparedness."

    The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for later this month in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lance joined Harris in January 2003 as president and chief executive officer and was appointed chairman in June 2003. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and is chairman of the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI. He also serves as a director of Eastman Chemical Company.

    A high-resolution photograph of Mr. Lance is available at http://www.harris.com/images/hlance.jpg.

    About Harris Corporation

    Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees - including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists - dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com/.

    Harris Corporation

    CONTACT: Brent Dietz of Harris Corporation, +1-321-724-3554, or
    brent.dietz@harris.com

    Web site: http://www.harris.com/
    http://www.harris.com/images/hlance.jpg




    Services Organizations Report Strong ROI With Epicor(R)Analyst Research Reveals Epicor for Service Enterprises Enables Significant Return on Investment, Estimated Over a Five Year Period

    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Epicor Software Corporation , a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of the Global 1000, today announced results of an independent research report conducted by Service Performance Insight Research (SPI). The report was commissioned by Epicor to discern and quantify the benefits of implementing the Epicor for Service Enterprises solution, a system designed to optimize the processes of project-based professional and embedded service firms from initial bid to successful delivery.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040615/LATU008LOGO)

    SPI surveyed and interviewed a comprehensive sampling of professional services organizations, averaging 1,350 employees each and billing an average of $170 million annually. The report, "Increasing Enterprise Visibility Provides a Competitive Edge in Professional Services," estimates that the ROI on an implementation of Epicor for Service Enterprises can reach as much as 300% over a five-year period. Additional results for the reporting companies included an average of:

    * 5% utilization increase * 6.7% increase in project ROI * 18% time reduction in delivery to billing * 14.4% time reduction in invoice to payment * 13.1% time reduction in analysis to project closure

    R. David Hofferberth, P.E., Managing Director of SPI Research and author of the report, explained, "Prior to this report, true ROI for enterprise service automation (ESA) solutions like Epicor was sparsely documented. The survey results and interview feedback point to Epicor for Service Enterprises as a cost-effective solution that has delivered true ROI and enabled users to move from tactical to strategic."

    Shifting Market Trends and Dynamics

    With the increased demand from clients for real-time, 24-by-seven information and faster and more clearly demonstrable results, services firms are looking to leverage technologies to help them keep up with changing market dynamics.

    Survey respondents noted that changes in the economic landscape have led them to modify services and contractual structures to meet their clients' demand for fixed time/fixed price offerings. Epicor for Service Enterprises provides these companies with the tools to operate efficiently so they can maximize profitability while still delivering on client demands for shorter engagements with fixed deliverables and fees.

    "The trend towards fixed rate client relationships is an opportunity for service organizations to become more precise in forecasting cash flow, however, it also presents a challenge to operate with optimal efficiency and resource utilization in order to maximize profitability," said Hofferberth. "Through the survey results it is evident that Epicor for Service Enterprises delivers an integrated and comprehensive picture of the business that enables service organizations to look at data strategically and quickly determine which services are most in demand and most profitable."

    As the first ESA solution with a completely service-oriented architecture (SOA) built using Microsoft .NET and Web services technology, Epicor for Service Enterprises delivers tightly embedded and extensive client-focused capabilities that enable real-time visibility into operational and financial information. Furthermore, the solution's SOA provides the flexibility needed to adapt to shifting business demands and related process changes, without recourse to customization.

    The complete report can be downloaded from http://solutions.epicor.com/spi-survey/ or http://www.spiresearch.com/.

    About Epicor Software Corporation

    Epicor, named one of FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006, is a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000. Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages. Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage. Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today's business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow. Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit http://www.epicor.com/.

    Epicor and Epicor for Service Enterprises are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

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    CONTACT: Erin Stone of Epicor Software Corporation, +1-949-585-4473,
    estone@epicor.com

    Web site: http://www.epicor.com/
    http://solutions.epicor.com/spi-survey
    http://www.spiresearch.com/




    GCA Services Group Selects AT&T for Expanded Communications NetworkFacility Services Company Turns to AT&T for Scalable Solution

    WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. announced today that GCA Services Group has signed a new contract with AT&T to provide network services to the national provider of facility services. GCA is based in West Conshohocken, Pa., with 60 locations across the United States.

    Under the terms of the contract, AT&T will serve as the primary network and data services provider for GCA and will provide AT&T Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Private Network Transport (PNT) to the company's headquarters and remote locations, increasing bandwidth across GCA's converged, IP-based network. The solution offers a customized and comprehensive communications solution, including local and long distance voice services, AT&T hosting services, and disaster recovery consulting.

    GCA requested a scalable network solution with high levels of redundancy. This solution offers improved reliability and expanded bandwidth to support the bandwidth-intensive applications at GCA's headquarters and remote locations. Together, these services will support business-critical applications such as budget analysis, billing consolidation and training on AT&T BusinessDirect(R) via the converged network infrastructure, supported by AT&T's highly secure IP backbone.

    "Our relationship with AT&T has existed since our company began operations," said Mike DeMarco, vice president of information technology for GCA. "We required a new and scalable communications network that will support our high-bandwidth applications. AT&T possesses the experience and the flexibility to equip GCA with a solution that will help us achieve continued success."

    Note: This AT&T release and other news announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss .

    About GCA Services Group

    GCA Services Group is a national provider of facility services. GCA maintains a client retention rate of 94 percent. Headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pa., GCA has more than 19,000 employees currently servicing more than 500 million square feet daily in 35 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, call (800) 422-8760 or visit http://www.gcaservices.com/ .

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 58.7 million wireless customers. Additional information

    about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at http://www.att.com/ .

    AT&T is a registered trademark of AT&T Knowledge Ventures. Subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. provide products and services under the AT&T brand.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Seth Bloom of AT&T Inc., +1-617-692-0523, or
    sbloom@attnews.us

    Web site: http://www.att.com/
    http://www.gcaservices.com/
    http://www.att.com/rss




    Cellular South Selects Smith Micro's QuickLink Mobile Solution to Enrich Their Wireless Data ConnectivityCellular South Standardizes With QuickLink Mobile as Preferred PC Connection Manager for Their Expanding Wireless Subscriber Base

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. today announced that it will offer its QuickLink Mobile connection manager technology through Cellular South, the nation's largest privately held wireless provider, as part of a new business relationship between the two companies. QuickLink Mobile will be paired with Cellular South's version of the Kyocera KPC 650 PC Card, available at over 75 Southeastern retail locations.

    QuickLink Mobile will serve as a central connection manager to setup and automate wireless high-speed connections via a PC on the Cellular South CDMA broadband network. QuickLink Mobile provides a consistent, easy-to-use PC wireless experience allowing Cellular South customers the ability to detect all available wireless networks and connect to the strongest network signal.

    "We are extremely excited to welcome Cellular South as our newest customer. This relationship showcases our strength and core competences as the ideal connectivity solution for their wireless network," said William W. Smith, Jr., President and CEO of Smith Micro Software, Inc. "Our QuickLink Mobile connection manager software is the first impression Cellular South customers will have with wireless PC data connectivity and we are focused to make the first time connection experience as seamless and positive as every one thereafter."

    "In our markets, the combination of the Kyocera KPC 650 PC Card and QuickLink Mobile will provide the competitive edge to our subscriber base, delivering an exceptional wireless broadband experience," said Greg Latour, Cellular South's Senior Vice President of Technology Development. "We are excited to offer this new product combination. It meets the needs of our mobile subscribers and will help us achieve our data service goals."

    Smith Micro has extensive experience in developing innovative software solutions for the wireless industry. Its leading-edge products simplify communications access over both Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWANs) and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Over 5 million licenses of Smith Micro's QuickLink Mobile technology have been shipped in just the last several years, making QuickLink Mobile the preferred choice of carriers and end-users alike.

    About Smith Micro Software:

    Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of wireless communications and utility software products for multiple OS platforms. The company designs easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on wireless and broadband technologies and the Internet, the company's products and services enable wireless communications, file and image compression, digital image and music management. In addition, Smith Micro develops and publishes award-winning software solutions for Windows and Macintosh, empowering users in the areas of information access, removal, recovery, security, and Internet distribution. Smith Micro's leading brands are QuickLink(R), StuffIt(R), CheckIt(R), Internet Cleanup(TM) and Spring Cleaning(R). Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through retail stores, Value-Added Resellers (VARs), Smith Micro's consumer, enterprise, wireless OEM sales groups and the company's websites. Smith Micro's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market(R) under the symbol SMSI.

    About Cellular South:

    Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless provider in the U.S. The company is focused on providing the best service possible through its nationwide wireless voice and data network, award-winning customer care, state-of-the-art wireless devices, and commitment to the communities it serves. Cellular South was recently honored with the 2005 Wireless Week Excellence Award, 2006 Newcomen Award, 2006 Mississippi Better Business Bureau Integrity Award and a concurrent resolution from the Mississippi Legislature commending the executives and employees of Cellular South for the company's extraordinary efforts in Hurricane Katrina's wake.

    Safe Harbor Statement: This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, forward looking statements relating to the successful introduction of the QuickLink Mobile product by Cellular South, Smith Micro's financial prospects and projections, and Smith Micro's ability to increase its business. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are new and changing technologies, customer acceptance of those technologies, fluctuations or cancellations in orders from distribution customers, new and continuing adverse economic conditions, and Smith Micro's ability to compete effectively with other software companies. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in any forward-looking statement and are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Smith Micro assumes no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

    Smith Micro and the Smith Micro logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.

    Smith Micro Software Inc.

    CONTACT: Nisha Kapoor of Smith Micro Software, Inc., +1-949-362-8510,
    nkapoor@smithmicro.com, or Investor Relations, Bruce T. Quigley, Vice
    President of Business Development and Investor Relations of Smith Micro
    Software, Inc., +1-949-362-5800, bruce.quigley@smithmicro.com; or Charles
    Messman of Todd Kehrli, both of MKR Group, +1-323-468-2300, ir@mkr-group.com,
    for Smith Micro Software, Inc.




    Ultimate Electronics Selects Harte-Hanks for Optimized Database Marketing- Harte-Hanks Helps Leading Consumer Electronics Retailer Increase Market Share and Retain Customers With Integrated Database, Analytics and Marketing Services Execution -

    LAKE MARY, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harte-Hanks, Inc. , a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company, announced today that Ultimate Electronics, a leader in home and car entertainment, has selected Harte-Hanks and its Allink(R) Advantage solution for optimized, multichannel database marketing to increase customer retention and market share. As part of the relationship, Harte-Hanks will provide a fully integrated, robust database marketing solution to drive Ultimate Electronics' newly-implemented prospecting strategy. In addition, Harte-Hanks will provide analytic support to help the retailer enhance its understanding of its customer base and fully-integrated e-mail delivery through the Harte-Hanks Postfuture(R) platform to establish better multichannel dialogues with customers.

    With 32 store locations in nine states, Ultimate Electronics provides a comprehensive selection of name-brand consumer electronics and carries one of the largest selections of high-definition televisions in the industry.

    "There is an inherent value in understanding our existing customers and prospects, so we chose a database marketing solution that allows for real-time analysis and reporting on customer profiles and purchasing behavior," said David Smith, senior vice president of marketing at Ultimate Electronics. "With these capabilities in place, we can identify valuable customer segments and acquire new customers."

    "We chose Harte-Hanks because of the breadth and depth of its retail marketing experience, the strength of its analytics team and its ability to easily integrate with our existing CRM [customer relationship management] systems," Smith said.

    "In a highly competitive retail market, Ultimate Electronics has distinguished itself by staying in tune with the needs and preferences of its customers," said Kathy Calta, corporate officer and senior vice-president, Harte-Hanks. "The company's multichannel, multi-touch strategy ensures that Ultimate Electronics can provide its customers with the best possible experiences each and every time they interact with the brand."

    After only a few months of using the solution, Ultimate Electronics reports that it has gained a new, complete view of its current customers and has an enhanced ability to segment and analyze its customer and prospect data. Going forward, Ultimate Electronics plans to delve deeper into customer behavior analysis to support and grow its customer retention and customer prospecting programs.

    "We were very impressed with the understanding of Harte-Hanks of the retail industry and even more specifically of the data generated by retail systems," said Carey Lowrey, vice president of information technology at Ultimate Electronics. "This knowledge allowed [Harte-Hanks] team members to quickly incorporate our data into their analytic models. Their speed-to- solution capability allowed us to turn the data into information in a fraction of the time of building our own solution and extending our limited CRM capabilities. We're very pleased with the true win-win approach they brought to the relationship and even more excited by the information the system is contributing to key marketing decisions."

    About Ultimate Electronics

    Ultimate Electronics, a private consumer electronics company, is the leader in home and car entertainment. Based in Colorado for 38 years, the company has 32 superstores in nine states, including Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Ultimate Electronics provides the industry's most comprehensive selection of name brand consumer electronics with an emphasis on limited distribution, mid- to-upscale brands. With the industry's leading 60-day price guarantee, consumers take home peace of mind with every new purchase -- absolute satisfaction and assurance that customers never pay more is guaranteed. Superstores are complete with multiple home theater and audio demonstration rooms, as well as service-driven sales consultants that are knowledgeable and passionate about consumer electronics. Ultimate Electronics was recently ranked among the top five consumer electronics walk-in retailers in Consumer Reports' "Best Places to Buy" and in the top three for the best in-store service and product selection in the same survey. To learn more visit http://www.ultimateelectronics.com/.

    About Harte-Hanks

    Harte-Hanks is a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company that provides marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers. Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing improves return on its clients' marketing investment by increasing their prospect and customer value -- a process of "customer optimization" -- organized around five strategic considerations: Information (data collection/management) -- Opportunity (data access/utilization) -- Insight (data analysis/interpretation) -- Engagement (knowledge application) -- Interaction (program execution). Visit the Harte- Hanks Web site at http://www.harte-hanks.com/ or call(800) 456-9748.

    Harte-Hanks, Inc.

    CONTACT: Chet Dalzell of Harte-Hanks, Inc., +1-212-520-3232, or
    chet_dalzell@harte-hanks.com; or Julie Blake for Harte-Hanks, Inc.,
    +1-617-729-3174, or jblake@emergepr.com

    Web site: http://www.harte-hanks.com/
    http://www.ultimateelectronics.com/




    EFJ, Inc. Revises 2006 Guidance

    IRVING, Texas, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EFJ, Inc. today announced that it is lowering its earnings guidance for fiscal year 2006. The company now anticipates a net loss for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2006.

    "The timing of orders and the lumpiness of our business will cause our revenue to be around the lower end of our revenue guidance of $104 million for the year," stated Michael E. Jalbert, EFJ, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. "As a result of the softer than expected revenue, we anticipate a net loss in the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year of 2006. We believe the softer revenue is related to timing of business and not a result of changes in the market."

    About EFJ, Inc.

    EFJ, Inc. is the Irving, Texas based parent company to industry-leading secure wireless and private wireless solution businesses. EFJ, Inc. is home to 3e Technologies International; a leading provider of FIPS validated wireless data infrastructure and software with interoperable security; the EFJohnson Company, one of the first developers of Project 25 mobile communications products and solutions; and Transcrypt International, a leader in secure solutions to protect sensitive voice communications. For more information, visit http://www.efji.com/ .

    Safe Harbor

    Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, our expectations and the timing of revenues. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed, suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements due to a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, the progress of the 800 MHz reconfiguration program, the percentage of backlog which is filled during a period, our reliance on third-party suppliers, the level of demand for the Company's products and services, the timely procurement of necessary manufacturing components which meet our specifications, the timing of future product development, the actual operational expense experienced, dependence on continued funding of governmental agency programs, the Company's ability to efficiently and cost effectively integrate and operate the acquired business of 3eTI, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2005 and its Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2006. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

    EFJ, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jim Stark of EFJ, Inc., +1-972-819-0900, or jstark@efji.com

    Web site: http://www.efji.com/




    Space Systems/Loral-Built Wildblue-1 Satellite Successfully Launched, Advancing Broadband Communications Across North AmericaSolar Array Deployment and Initial Thruster Firings Completed On Schedule

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications and the world's leading provider of commercial telecommunications satellites, today announced that the WildBlue-1 satellite, after its successful launch on Friday evening, has successfully deployed its solar arrays and completed thruster maneuvers that have placed it in a circular geosynchronous orbit. WildBlue-1, the world's first commercially dedicated all-Ka-band, multiple spot-beam broadband satellite, was built by SS/L for WildBlue Communications, Inc., Denver, Colo.

    "We are pleased by the successful launch and initial performance of all satellite systems," said Dave Leonard, chief executive officer of WildBlue Communications, Inc. "Space Systems/Loral was an excellent partner to work with throughout the manufacturing process and we relied on its support and expertise to make this project a success."

    WildBlue-1 was launched on December 8, 2006 aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

    Orbit raising operations are being conducted from SS/L's Mission Control Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Within the next few weeks, following its final placement into geostationary orbit at 111.1 degrees West longitude and routine in-orbit testing, SS/L will hand over the satellite to WildBlue, expanding its broadband Internet service capability. The satellite's powerful spot-beam design will enable WildBlue to more than triple its capacity to provide low-cost, high-speed Internet access throughout the contiguous United States.

    WildBlue-1 weighed approximately 4.7 metric tons at liftoff and its design was based on Space Systems/Loral's highly reliable 1300 spacecraft bus. The satellite carries a unique, multiple antenna configuration that will power two-way data communications to homes and small businesses in communities where terrestrial broadband access is either limited or unavailable.

    "Satellite technology has been critical in providing the communications needed to support a global economy," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "We are pleased to work with WildBlue in support of its visionary effort to leverage the power of satellite systems for direct-to-user two-way data access. At SS/L, we see this as another step in the continued expansion of advanced services that will be delivered to both businesses and consumers by satellite."

    Space Systems/Loral is a premier designer, manufacturer, and integrator of powerful satellites and satellite systems. SS/L also provides a range of related services that include mission control operations and procurement of launch services. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has an international base of commercial and government customers whose applications include broadband data communications, television and radio broadcasting, mobile satellite services, fixed satellite services, defense communications, environmental monitoring, and air traffic control. SS/L satellites have amassed more than 1,300 years of reliable on-orbit service. SS/L is ISO 9001:2000 certified. For more information, visit http://www.ssloral.com/.

    Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. In addition to Space Systems/Loral, through its Skynet subsidiary Loral owns and operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, and for broadband data transmission, Internet services and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral's web site at http://www.loral.com/.

    This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, Loral Space & Communications Inc. or its representatives have made or may make forward- looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions. Many of these factors and conditions are described under the caption "Risk Factors" in each of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for subsequent periods. The reader is specifically referred to these documents, as well as the company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)

    CONTACT: Investors: John McCarthy of Loral Space & Communications,
    +1-212-338-5345; or Media: Wendy Lewis of Space Systems/Loral,
    +1-650-852-5188

    Web site: http://www.loral.com/
    http://www.ssloral.com/




    Palomar Receives FDA Over-the-Counter Clearance for the First Home Use Light- Based Hair Removal DeviceClearance Opens Door To Home Use Hair Removal Market

    BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. , a leading researcher and developer of light- based systems for cosmetic treatments, today announced that it has become the first company to receive a 510(k) over-the-counter (OTC) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new, patented, home use, light-based hair removal device. OTC clearance allows the product to be marketed and sold directly to consumers without a prescription.

    This consumer device was initially developed by Palomar and completed together with The Gillette Company, part of The Procter & Gamble Company , under a previously announced agreement to develop a light-based hair removal device for women. Designed specifically for use in the home and based on over a decade of research, this consumer device represents a major breakthrough in the aesthetic device industry.

    Commenting on the achievement, Palomar Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Caruso said, "We are extremely pleased to receive FDA clearance for this patented OTC device. This is a significant milestone for Palomar. The market opportunity for an OTC product is bigger than any market we have addressed to date. We have demonstrated again that we are the clear leader in this technology, just as we did in 1997 when we received the first FDA clearance for a high powered light-based hair removal device for the professional market. Professional light-based hair removal treatments are among the most popular cosmetic treatments offered today with millions of treatments performed each year. This latest clearance further validates Palomar's investment in research and development in the field of light-based hair removal and adds to the list of distinctions for Palomar as a technology leader in this industry."

    Mr. Caruso continued, "Years ago, we believed that light-based hair removal could be brought to the home. We invested significant resources in research, development and patent protection to make this a reality and ensure that Palomar would be the leader with this innovative technology. This clearance makes Palomar the only company in the world with both professional and direct-to-consumer light-based cosmetic devices cleared for U.S. marketing. We envision a strong potential market for an OTC product and an increase in consumer awareness to help drive growth in our professional business. We are fortunate to have developed this technology in close cooperation with Gillette.

    "This is an exciting milestone, with significant future potential," said Chip Bergh, President, Global Grooming, Gillette. "Our association with Palomar is yet another example of Gillette taking the lead in new and innovative technologies in hair removal."

    For more information, please see Exhibit 99.2 to a Current Report on Form 8-K filed today.

    About Palomar Medical Technologies Inc: Palomar is a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for cosmetic treatments. Palomar pioneered the optical hair removal field, when, in 1997, it introduced the first high-powered laser hair removal system. Since then, many of the major advances in light-based hair removal have been based on Palomar technology. There are now millions of light-based cosmetic procedures performed around the world every year in physician offices, clinics, spas and salons. Palomar is testing many new and exciting applications to further advance the hair removal market and other cosmetic applications. Palomar is uniquely focused on developing proprietary light-based technology for introduction to the mass markets. Palomar has an agreement with The Gillette Company to develop and potentially commercialize a patented home-use, light-based hair removal device for women. Palomar also has an agreement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies to develop and potentially commercialize home-use, light-based devices for reducing or reshaping body fat including cellulite, reducing the appearance of skin aging, and reducing or preventing acne, and was awarded a contract by the Department of the Army to develop a light-based, self- treatment device for Pseudofolliculitis Barbae ("PFB").

    For more information on Palomar and its products, visit Palomar's website at http://www.palomarmedical.com/. To continue receiving the most up-to-date information and latest news on Palomar as it happens, sign up to receive automatic e-mail alerts by going to the Investor Relations' section of the website.

    With the exception of the historical information contained in this release, the matters described herein contain forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to new markets, development and introduction of new products, and financial projections that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or mutually impact the matters herein, and cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, results of future operations, technological difficulties in developing or introducing new products, the results of future research, lack of product demand and market acceptance for current and future products, the effect of economic conditions, challenges in managing joint ventures and research with third parties and government contracts, the impact of competitive products and pricing, governmental regulations with respect to medical devices, including whether FDA clearance will be obtained for future products and additional applications, the results of litigation, difficulties in collecting royalties, potential infringement of third-party intellectual property rights, and/or other factors, which are detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward- looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Contacts: Kayla Castle Investor Relations Manager Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. 781-993-2411 ir@palomarmedical.com

    Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.

    CONTACT: Kayla Castle, Investor Relations Manager of Palomar Medical
    Technologies Inc., +1-781-993-2411, ir@palomarmedical.com

    Web site: http://www.palmed.com/

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    Xactly Corporation Partners with Pervasive Software to Deliver Enhanced Data Management and Application Integration CapabilitiesXactly On-Demand Sales Compensation Solutions Provider Leverages Pervasive to Speed Customer Implementations and Open Up New Market Opportunities

    AUSTIN, Texas and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pervasive Software(R) Inc. , a global value leader in embeddable data management and integration software, and Xactly Corporation, the leader in automated on-demand sales compensation management, today announced that Xactly sales compensation management applications will leverage Pervasive embeddable integration to provide Xactly customers with a seamless solution for funneling all sales performance-related data into a single, comprehensive data repository.

    Xactly Corporation's incentive application enables companies to design and manage complex incentive plans and therefore sell more. The Xactly Incent(TM) platform gives companies the ability to easily and accurately model the outcomes of commissions based on projected sales volumes and product mix as well as design, implement, manage and audit incentive programs already in place. By leveraging Pervasive Business Integrator(TM) and adapters, Xactly has enhanced its data management offering to enable its customers to integrate Xactly Incent with back-end applications and disparate data sources quickly and at a low cost. This solution provides Xactly's customers with the flexibility to select the appropriate approach to data management based on their specific business and IT requirements. The result is streamlined processes of incentive calculation, quick deployment and reduced operations cost.

    Xactly chose to work with Pervasive to provide data management integration solutions for both small and large customers. In addition to meeting these technical challenges, Pervasive delivered a flexible licensing model compatible with Xactly's own on-demand pricing model. Xactly is augmenting its staff with the Pervasive Fast Track(TM) program to achieve speedy, successful deployment incorporating best practices for integration.

    "To process, analyze and manage incentive compensation, organizations must have access to high quality data from multiple applications like ERP, CRM, HRMS and data sources," said Dr. Jimmy Duan, Xactly vice president of client services. "The resulting compensation data must then be loaded to payroll systems, internal data warehouses and made available for analysis and reporting. We were looking for an integration solution that would give us the ability to on-ramp new customers quickly and help overcome traditional on- premise implementation barriers as we move up-market. Pervasive's integration architecture, adapters to many business applications and data sources, and flexible pricing model enable us to provide a flexible, rapid, low-cost solution for integrating Xactly Incent with leading enterprise applications and disparate data sources."

    "Innovative application providers increasingly seek to provide agile integration with their customers' on-premises, SaaS and SOA-based applications -- traditionally a very daunting technical challenge," said Mike Hoskins, CTO of Pervasive Software. "Pervasive is proud of our growing track record of helping partners meet the mounting demands of complex integration scenarios with our embeddable integration platform. Through innovative technology for distributed and on-demand integration, Pervasive helps partners such as Xactly think outside traditional integration parameters and aggressively pursue new opportunities with the confidence that they can more quickly and easily satisfy customer needs."

    About Pervasive Integration

    Pervasive's embeddable integration software takes the agony out of moving and sharing data within and between organizations. It allows users to quickly and easily share information between multiple databases, applications, or hosted business systems. The capability is lightweight and fits into virtually any environment while adapting quickly to change. Combining robust technology and more than 20 years of data integration expertise, Pervasive delivers a multi-purpose integration platform that allows customers to re-use the same software for diverse integration scenarios. With more than 150 data and application connectors within a single product, Pervasive helps customers achieve accelerated ROI. In addition, Pervasive's technology and business model supports low-cost adoption by non-programmers for small data volumes all the way to complex, high-volume multi-processor implementations that handle millions of transactions. For more information, visit http://www.pervasive.com/solutions .

    About Pervasive Software

    Pervasive Software provides embeddable data management and integration software to help companies grow and extend the value of their data investments. For more than two decades, Pervasive has delivered value with a compelling combination of performance, flexibility, reliability and low total cost of ownership. Today, Pervasive is leading its chosen markets by defining and accelerating the inevitable transition from high cost to high value. Pervasive's hallmark is the size, diversity and loyalty of its customer base, partners and channels: tens of thousands of customers in virtually every industry, in more than 150 countries, rely on Pervasive to manage, integrate, analyze and secure their critical data. For additional information, go to http://www.pervasive.com/ .

    About Xactly Corporation

    Xactly Corporation delivers automated on-demand sales compensation applications that enable companies to incent right and sell more. In today's spreadsheet paradigm, companies tend to simplify or unnecessarily complicate their incentive programs. These programs, delivered with no real-time visibility, often leave the sales force unmotivated, resulting in unpredictable results. Xactly Incent allows companies to easily and affordably design, implement, manage and audit optimized incentive programs. With these improved programs in place, Xactly Incent provides sales with unprecedented real-time visibility via the web, as well as comprehensive data management and analytics capabilities. The combination of the right incentives with complete visibility motivates sales to sell more. For more information, visit http://www.xactlycorp.com/ or call 1-866-GO-XACTLY.

    Cautionary Statement

    This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to Pervasive as of the date hereof, and Pervasive assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

    All Pervasive brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pervasive Software Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contact: Kim Daugherty Pervasive Software 512.231.6507 kdaugherty@pervasive.com Dan Rampe Xactly Corporation 408.200.0610 drampe@xactlycorp.com

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    CONTACT: Kim Daugherty of Pervasive Software Inc., +1-512-231-6507, or
    kdaugherty@pervasive.com ; or Dan Rampe of Xactly Corporation,
    +1-408-200-0610, or drampe@xactlycorp.com

    Web site: http://www.pervasive.com/
    http://www.pervasive.com/solutions
    http://www.xactlycorp.com/




    Honeywell Board Amends By-Laws and Corporate Governance GuidelinesChanges Include Majority Voting in Director Elections

    MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell announced today that its Board of Directors has adopted amendments to the company's By-laws regarding establishment of a majority voting standard for the election of directors, determination of the authorized number of directors and shareowner approval of rights plans. In addition, the Board amended the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines to include a policy under which it may seek recoupment of incentive compensation in the event of a restatement.

    The majority voting standard will be used in all uncontested elections of directors, where the number of nominees does not exceed the number of directors to be elected. Majority voting requires that nominees to the Board receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast to be elected.

    The majority voting Bylaw also provides that any director nominee in an uncontested election who does not receive a majority of the votes cast is expected to resign. The Board, through a process managed by its Corporate Governance and Responsibility Committee, will consider and act upon such resignation no later than at its first regularly scheduled meeting following certification of the shareowner vote.

    By-law amendments were also adopted regarding determination of the authorized number of directors and shareowner approval of rights plans or poison pills. The company does not currently have a rights plan. Under the By-law amendment, which incorporated the prior Board policy on this topic, the company will seek shareowner approval prior to adoption of a rights plan unless a majority of its independent directors determines that it is in the best interest of the company and its shareowners to adopt the plan without delay. Any rights plan adopted by the Board without prior shareowner approval would expire within twelve months unless ratified earlier by the shareowners.

    The Board has also amended the company's Corporate Governance Guidelines to include a policy under which the Board may seek recoupment of incentive compensation paid to senior executives in the event it is later determined that their misconduct caused a restatement of financial results that led to the awarding of unearned incentive compensation.

    Honeywell International is a $31 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/.

    This release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements.

    Contact: Media Robert C. Ferris 973-455-3388 rob.ferris@honeywell.com Investors Nicholas Noviello 973-455-2222 nicholas.noviello@honeywell.com

    Honeywell

    CONTACT: Media: Robert C. Ferris, +1-973-455-3388,
    rob.ferris@honeywell.com; or Investors: Nicholas Noviello, +1-973-455-2222,
    nicholas.noviello@honeywell.com

    Web site: http://www.honeywell.com/




    Narrowstep Chosen for First Ever Panamanian Real Estate Broadband Channel

    NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Narrowstep(TM) Inc (BULLETIN BOARD: NRWS) , the TV on the Internet Company, announced today that Latin Re (http://www.latinre.tv/), a Panamanian based Marketing and Communications company catering to the Real Estate Industry, has chosen its proprietary technology system, telvOS(TM), to launch their broadband channel which debuted on December 1st.

    Latin Re is the first ever global real estate broadband channel that will appear in both English and Spanish, targeted towards potential real estate investors and buyers who are interested in the Latin American region. The channel will provide free to air, ad supported, real estate news and information as well as listings, brokers and an overview of available properties.

    Latin Re helps to build on Narrowstep's massive success in delivering thriving 'community-minded' TV over IP channels, which the company firmly believes is where the real future of TV lays within these 'engaged' internet communities, and is focused on enabling this future with their technology.

    Narrowstep has created an impressive roster of Spanish, French and German channels including broadband TV outlets for the Prime Minister of Spain's Political Party, as well as Terra Networks Asociadas, which is part of Telefonica.

    Cliff Webb, Chief Operating Officer of Narrowstep Inc., says "We believe the future of television is to be found within new multi-platform programming that is customized to a focused audience like Latin Re. Narrowstep offers our customers the ability to not only monetize their programming, but also extend their brand over the internet. This is a unique means of communication with highly popular programming that reaches both a global audience, and a more highly targeted affinity group like Latin Re, where the content embraces new audiences and advertisers alike."

    Laura Ospino, Executive Director of LatinRe.tv says, "LatinRe.tv will provide the real estate sector in Latin America with an innovative marketing took, allowing the industry to reach a larger and more targeted audience."

    TV over IP channels are a growing proposition globally. Narrowstep's telvOS(TM) system provides the backbone for TV over IP for 100+ channels worldwide, representing niche market interest groups ranging from tourism, real estate, sports, entertainment, tourism and local broadcasters, who want to expand their market and remove geographical boundaries to broadcasting.

    About Narrowstep (TM)

    Narrowstep(TM) Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: NRWS) , the TV on the Internet company, is a leading global provider of broadband television services. Narrowstep's proprietary technologies and customer-focused services enable TV channels to be delivered over the Internet. 100+ companies worldwide have chosen Narrowstep because it offers the most television-like and true community building broadband experience. The company's telvOS(TM) (Television Operating System(TM)) and nBed(TM) technologies enables the most comprehensive delivery of video to mobile, wireless, Internet, broadband, VOIP and entirely new IP-delivered broadcast services. For more information, visit http://www.narrowstep.com/ or call 212-404-1400.

    About LatinRe.TV

    The LatinRe TV Channel is the first and only bilingual 24/7 television destination taking viewers inside the fast-paced industry of Latin American real estate. From tropical beach houses to towering city high-rises, the LatinRe Channel features a diverse and informative program lineup for buyers, investors and retirees alike. Viewers experience the full range of buying real estate in Latin America, from property and realtor listings, to financial and legal assistance to fun activities and lifestyle. The LatinRe Channel will kick-off promoting Panama real estate and will eventually include property from all over the Latin American region, including Costa Rican real estate, Dominican Republic real estate, and Columbian real estate. For more information about the LatinRe Channel, visit http://www.latinre.tv/.

    Narrowstep Inc

    CONTACT: Cynthia Cooper of Narrowstep, Inc., +1-212-404-1860,
    ccooper@narrowstep.com; or Laura Ospino of Latin Re, +1-507-304-1600,
    lospino@pinmobiliario.com

    Web site: http://www.narrowstep.com/
    http://www.latinre.tv/




    DALSA Announces Two New PCI Express Image Acquisition BoardsBandit-3 CV Express and PC2 COMP Express

    WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DALSA Corporation (TSX: DSA), today announced two new "Express" frame grabbers -- the Bandit-3 CV Express(TM) and the PC2 COMP Express(TM). Both image acquisition boards conform to the half-size PCI Express x1 form factor. Designed to meet the dynamic requirements of general purpose video applications, both provide cost effective solutions for video monitoring, medical visualization, surveillance, and machine vision applications.

    The Bandit-3 CV Express and The PC2 COMP Express have a flexible acquisition front end that allow video capture from up to six color or monochrome composite video, or two S-video cameras. The new Express frame grabbers are also engineered within DALSA's "Trigger-to-Image Reliability" framework to ensure highly reliable and efficient acquisition control throughout the entire image capture sequence. This exacting technology framework leverages DALSA's hardware and software innovations to control and monitor the image acquisition process, from the time that an external trigger event occurs to the moment the data is transmitted to the PCI Express bus.

    "DALSA's new Express image acquisition boards enable OEMs to get to market faster with high performance imaging solutions," said Philip Colet, vice president, sales and marketing, DALSA Digital Imaging. "The new PCI Express form factor provides yet another option when creating imaging solutions for the medical, surveillance or machine vision markets."

    Key Features Key features of the Bandit-3 CV Express include: * Half-size PCI Express x1 form factor * Video capture from up to six composite color or monochrome analog cameras * VGA frame grabber * Real-time transfer to host * Dual-display * Graphics overlay * Performance proven software platform * Low cost, High Performance Key features of the PC2 COMP Express include: * Half-size PCI Express x1 form factor * Video capture from up to six composite color or monochrome analog cameras * Adaptive comb filter ensures superior image quality * Real-time transfer to host * Performance proven software platform * Low cost, High Performance Software Support

    Bandit-3 CV Express supports Sapera Essential software development library under Windows XP Professional. DALSA software development tools allow users to develop applications with C language DLLs, C++ classes, or ActiveX controls on Microsoft Visual C/C++ 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0 or Microsoft Visual Studio .Net or higher development platforms.

    DALSA Machine Vision

    For more than 25 years DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision market. Today, DALSA image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers and software are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, electronics, and manufacturing.

    About DALSA Corporation

    DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with more than 1000 employees world-wide. Established in 1980, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high- voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA" and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

    Media Contacts: Kirk Petersen Director Marketing Communications Tel: +1-514-333-1301 e-mail: kpetersen@dalsa.com Lisa Allocca Red Javelin Communications, Inc. Tel: +1-978-470-2227 e-mail: lisa@redjavelin.com

    All trademarks are registered by their respective companies. DALSA reserves

    the right to make changes at anytime without notice.

    DALSA Corporation

    CONTACT: Kirk Petersen, Director Marketing Communications, of DALSA
    Corporation, +1-514-333-1301, or kpetersen@dalsa.com; or Lisa Allocca of Red
    Javelin Communications, Inc., +1-978-470-2227, or lisa@redjavelin.com, for
    DALSA Corporation

    Web site: http://www.imaging.com/
    http://www.dalsa.com/




    Tata Consultancy Services and TIBCO Team to Drive SOA AdoptionEnhanced Partnership to Establish SOA Center of Excellence and Further Accelerate Training and Expertise; Companies to Deliver Off-the-Shelf Industry Solutions

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TIBCO Software Inc. and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services and consulting firm, today announced an expansion to its strategic partnership that addresses the heightened demand for service-oriented architecture (SOA) software across all vertical industries (see related TIBCO announcements).

    Today's announcement will drive the development and delivery of customized industry solutions for enterprise organizations embracing SOA. The joint industry solutions will combine services and technology from TIBCO and TCS based on industry best practices. The SOA solutions will enable customers to streamline business processes using integrated service delivery models.

    The TIBCO and TCS collaboration will also help to establish an SOA Center of Excellence to educate and train SOA practitioners to ensure an in-depth understanding of project methodologies, relevant industry standards, and how- to resources for integrating legacy systems and business processes within a service-oriented architecture.

    "As the market for SOA matures, it is becoming fast apparent that a new host of challenges is quickly arising. By combining our respective expertise and leveraging the new TIBCO ActiveMatrix family of products we can help to ensure customers receive optimized SOA solutions designed for their specific business needs," said Dr. Santosh Mohanty, Global Head of the BI, EAI & KM Practices at TCS. "Our synergistic efforts will also provide simple, easy to use solutions that deliver on the promise of eliminating IT complexity in a services-based environment, resulting in faster time to market."

    "We are delighted about extending our global business relationship with TCS. It demonstrates a continued customer commitment to ensure the highest standards of software and service excellence," said Sanjay Gupta, vice president, Worldwide Alliances, TIBCO Software. "The initiative will help to simplify the entire implementation and technology transfer process by providing enterprise organizations with a range of customized SOA industry templates."

    During the past 10 years, TIBCO and TCS have worked together on implementing many SOA and business-process management solutions worldwide.

    About TIBCO

    TIBCO Software Inc. provides enterprise software that helps companies achieve service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) success. With over 2,500 customers, TIBCO has given leading organizations around the world better awareness and agility -- what TIBCO calls The Power of Now(R). To learn more, contact TIBCO at +1-650-846-1000 or on the Web at http://www.tibco.com/.

    NOTE: TIBCO, the TIBCO logo, The Power of Now, TIBCO ActiveMatrix, and TIBCO Software are trademarks or registered trademarks of TIBCO Software Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

    TIBCO Software Inc.

    CONTACT: Holly Burkhart of TIBCO Software Inc., +1-650-846-8463, or
    hburkhart@tibco.com; or Fred Bateman of Bateman Group, +1-415-503-1818, ext.
    13, or tibco@bateman-group.com, for TIBCO Software Inc.

    Web site: http://www.tibco.com/




    QUALCOMM Announces BREW Locate Signature Solution to Enable Differentiated Location-Based Services- BREW Locate Signature Solution to Build Upon QUALCOMM's Industry Leadership in Delivering Premium User Experiences to Mass Market Handsets -

    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- QUALCOMM Incorporated , a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced the BREW(R) Locate Signature Solution, a comprehensive, assisted-GPS (A-GPS) offering designed to provide wireless operators with a complete solution for the discovery and delivery of compelling location-based services to end users. The BREW Locate Signature Solution allows wireless operators to quickly offer premium location-based applications for mass market devices and includes a compelling catalog of applications from leading publishers and developers from around the world; a hosted content delivery service through the deliveryOne(TM) offering; and uiOne(TM) for a more dynamic user experience through the discovery of advanced mobile content. At the core of the BREW Locate Signature Solution is QUALCOMM's QPoint(TM) offering, which works in conjunction with A-GPS-enabled devices, such as those powered by QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem(TM) (MSM(TM)) gpsOne(R) technology. The combination of QPoint and gpsOne provides a rapid and accurate position determination solution for operators around the globe.

    "QUALCOMM is constantly looking for new ways to make wireless applications a more functional and interactive part of people's daily lives. To do this, we continue to enhance the modularity of our flexible BREW offerings," said Mitch Oliver, vice president, solutions and marketing for QUALCOMM Internet Services. "There has been a need among wireless subscribers and operators for location-based services that are easily accessible on a device. With QUALCOMM's BREW Locate Signature Solution, operators can quickly deploy and monetize LBS services that provide their subscribers compelling, location-enabled applications."

    "Location-based services have evolved to encompass more than navigation, with applications that cater to a wide array of wireless subscribers looking to use their wireless devices to receive personalized information when and where they want it," said Andrew Graham, CEO for Bones in Motion. "QUALCOMM's BREW Locate Signature Solution uses the most advanced technologies available to make location-based services possible on mass market devices."

    "Creating location-based services applications that truly impact end users' day-to-day lives has long been a goal of Networks in Motion," said Steve Andler, vice president of marketing for Networks in Motion. "By creating a way for operators to speed the time to market and improve the end user's experience in discovering and receiving compelling content, QUALCOMM has found a way to help drive the development of A-GPS-enabled handsets, thus driving location services to mass market devices."

    "QUALCOMM's standards-based BREW Locate Signature Solution effectively combines all the components required to deploy location-based services that truly impact subscribers' user experiences," said Drew Morin, CTO for TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) . "TCS' years of proven experience and leadership in location infrastructure, coupled with the BREW Locate Signature Solution, provide ideal opportunities for operators to rapidly benefit from the reliability, security and precision that location-based services offer to end users."

    BREW changes the way people relate to wireless data services. By enabling discovery and delivery of high-value content, BREW creates opportunities for the wireless industry to enhance consumers' mobile data experience. QUALCOMM's comprehensive and targeted BREW Signature Solutions offer reduced time to market and lower capital investment for companies providing mobile products and services. Customers can also benefit from several modular BREW offerings, including uiOne(TM), deliveryOne(TM) and QPoint(TM), which provide the foundation for customer-differentiated wireless data capabilities.

    QUALCOMM Incorporated (http://www.qualcomm.com/) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2006 FORTUNE 500(R) company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the ticker symbol QCOM.

    Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA and BREW are deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 2006, and most recent Form 10-Q.

    QUALCOMM, BREW and gpsOne are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. uiOne, deliveryOne, QPoint, Mobile Station Modem and MSM are trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    QUALCOMM Contacts: Bella Alabanza, QUALCOMM Internet Services Phone: 1-858-658-4860 Email: qis-pr@qualcomm.com Kristin Atkins, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-845-5959 Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com Garrett Ponder, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 Email: ir@qualcomm.com

    QUALCOMM Incorporated

    CONTACT: Bella Alabanza, Internet Services, +1-858-658-4860,
    qis-pr@qualcomm.com, or Kristin Atkins, Corporate Communications,
    +1-858-845-5959, corpcomm@qualcomm.com, or Garrett Ponder, Investor Relations,
    +1-858-658-4813, ir@qualcomm.com, all of QUALCOMM Incorporated

    Web site: http://www.qualcomm.com/




    BIO-key(R) Awarded $300,000 Contract for FireRMS(TM) Software by Erie County, New YorkBuffalo Deploying FireRMS Mobile to Deliver Advanced EMS Reporting and Field Inspection Capabilities

    WALL, N.J., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BKYI) , a leader in wireless public safety solutions and finger based biometric identification, today announced that Erie County, New York will implement FireRMS Enterprise Edition(TM) from BIO-key. Erie County will install this leading Fire/EMS records management system in twenty-five fire/EMS stations and in 60 mobile units within the Buffalo Fire Department. This is the second major contract awarded to BIO-key in the past six months by New York state fire agencies and was preceded by a contract recently issued to BIO-key by Onondaga County, NY. The total award value to BIO-key of these two contracts is $800,000. BIO-key's FireRMS application provides accurate data and reporting to first responders and EMS personnel on the front line.

    "The FireRMS Mobile application will give EMS personnel and fire inspectors the capability to collect information, capture signatures, and send this information wirelessly and securely back to headquarters," said Mark Winters, Director of Information Systems of Erie County, NY." NFIRS and HIPAA compliant reports can be printed on-site in real-time and with this software, we are now prepared to meet future NEMSIS reporting requirements. We look forward to this enhancement to the largest fire Department in Erie County."

    "Fire departments are continually stretching their resources by responding to a steadily increasing number of EMS calls. Additionally, most departments use some combination of company inspections and/or fire inspectors to check occupancies for compliance with fire prevention guidelines," said Anthony Barone, Vice President and General Manager of BIO-key's Fire and EMS Division. "Any delays in getting this information processed presents safety concerns. With FireRMS(TM) Mobile, agencies can access their FireRMS records remotely and perform patient care reporting and inspections in the field with real-time updates. This contract demonstrates BIO-key's continued and growing success in deploying our applications across North America."

    About BIO-key

    BIO-key develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. The company's high-performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 2,500 police, fire and emergency services departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for public safety worldwide. (http://www.bio-key.com/)

    BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement

    This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements. The words "estimate," "project," "intends," "expects," "believes," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward- looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    For more information contact: Julie Garand 508-460-4036 julie.garand@bio-key.com

    BIO-key International Inc.

    CONTACT: Julie Garand of BIO-key, +1-508-460-4036,
    julie.garand@bio-key.com

    Web site: http://www.bio-key.com/




    XACT TeleSolutions Supports Global Distributed Workforce With UCN inContactXACT Integrates Multiple Offices From Acquired Companies and Cuts Costs With Hosted Technology Solution

    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Growth through acquisition can lead to a hodge-podge of locations and incompatible, expensive equipment. Such was the experience of XACT TeleSolutions, LLC, a global outsourced call center service provider based in Nashville, Tenn. After a steady round of acquisitions, the company found itself saddled with 12 locations, each with its own switch, some of which carried huge annual maintenance fees.

    Today, XACT provides outsourced services to customers worldwide. They specialize in inbound customer service, inbound sales and help desk services. During peak periods, XACT employs up to 400 agents, many of whom work from home. Agents are located in 27 states and the Philippines. In order to successfully migrate from a de-centralized business model to a cost- competitive, centralized business model supporting a distributed workforce, XACT went with a hosted technology solution.

    The Challenge

    "We started acquiring businesses with the idea we would consolidate operations and reduce costs through the effective use of technology," recalled Kathy Gray, XACT vice president of sales and marketing. However, this raised the challenge of unifying a dispersed labor pool under a common system.

    "We had a tremendous amount of overhead with 12 offices, each with their own switch, some of which were worth a quarter of a million dollars." The old premises equipment was generating high maintenance fees, tended to become antiquated before the equipment could be written off and wasn't very accommodating in terms of supporting at-home workers. In short, doing things the old way would stymie XACT's growth plans.

    The Solution

    XACT selected UCN inContact to help deliver sophisticated inbound and outbound services to its customer base. XACT tends to be a heavy user of the inContact voice interaction (IVR) features and skills-based routing (ACD), as well as the outbound dialer. Among the many services XACT has created for its customers are menus that direct traffic based on language preference; an automated survey feature that enables a customer to pre-screen inbound respondents; and a self-service feature that enables a caller to update a credit card. "Our previous hosted solution provider didn't offer IVR feature options in their product," said Gray.

    The company uses skills-based routing, screen pops and priority settings to deliver a quality experience to each inbound caller. Skills-based routing ensures only those XACT agents trained on a specific customer project receive those customers' calls. Screen pops present the agent with the right script for that client call, and priority settings are used to ensure the most experienced XACT agents are offered the call first.

    Business Benefits

    "Being able to support at-home agents is a benefit on so many levels," said Gray. "We are able to reduce facilities costs and payroll costs. The agents love it. There's no commuting involved. Plus, this opens up the opportunity to employ disabled workers, making the company eligible to participate in a number of government programs offering tax breaks and other incentives that cover such things as training."

    Another benefit, according to Gray, was the huge cost difference between an on-site telephony switch and a hosted switch. Providing XACT customers access to real-time reporting and call monitoring tools, gives the company a leg-up when competing with less flexible solutions. "Providing this kind of insight and control over outsourced resources has turned out to be a big hit with our customers."

    For customers who want to manage some agents in-house and contract with XACT for others, Gray has developed a unique package that enables XACT to resell inContact services to its clients. "We can view all agents -- theirs and ours -- as one big pool of reps," said Gray. "When we integrate inContact with our customer's CRM, we can create intelligent routing routines that send certain calls to an in-house expert first and other call types to our agents first." XACT is just starting to use this strategy as a unique selling tool to close new business.

    About XACT TeleSolutions, LLC

    For over 30 years, XACT TeleSolutions has been a leading provider of integrated telecommunications support services dedicated to helping organizations optimize their communications strategies, techniques and tools in order to achieve tangible business objectives. Offerings include: Inbound Telemarketing/Sales, Inbound Lead Generation, Help Desk, Customer Service, Outbound Lead Generation & Telemarketing. To learn more about XACT visit http://www.xactservices.com/.

    About UCN, Inc.

    UCN (BULLETIN BOARD: UCNN) is the leading provider of all-in-one, off-premises contact handling services that improve the customer contact experience and the productivity of those handling the contacts. InContact(TM) includes an integrated suite of advanced contact handling applications and reporting, monitoring, recording, administration and workforce management application. InControl(TM) is a unique, rapid application development tool that enables inContact customers to develop highly flexible, customized business contact handling processes in record time. To learn more about UCN visit http://www.ucn.net/.

    Safe Harbor Statement: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking information made on the Company's behalf. All statements, other than statements of historical facts which address the Company's expectations of sources of capital or which express the Company's expectation for the future with respect to financial performance or operating strategies, can be identified as forward-looking statements. Such statements made by the Company are based on knowledge of the environment in which it operates, but because of the factors previously listed, as well as other factors beyond the control of the Company, actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements.

    General Contact: Investor Contact: Jan Johnson Scott Liolios or Ron Both UCN, VP of Marketing Liolios Group Inc. 801-320-3263 949-574-3860 jan.johnson@ucn.net scott@liolios.com UCN PR Contact: Rod Anderson Snapp Norris Group 801-208-1100 rod.anderson@sng.com

    UCN

    CONTACT: Jan Johnson, VP of Marketing, UCN, +1-801-320-3263,
    jan.johnson@ucn.net; or Investors, Scott Liolios, scott@liolios.com, or Ron
    Both, Liolios Group Inc., +1-949-574-3860, for UCN; or Public Relations, Rod
    Anderson of Snapp Norris Group, +1-801-208-1100, rod.anderson@sng.com, for
    UCN

    Web site: http://www.xactservices.com/

    Web site: http://www.ucn.net/




    Sun Announces Revolutionary Version of Java Technology - Java Platform Standard Edition 6

    LONDON, December 11 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Major Release Provides Significant Enhancements for Web Services and Web 2.0 Development and Support for Dynamic Languages, Windows Vista and NetBeans Tools

    Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator of Java(TM) technology and the Solaris(TM) Operating System and the world's leading contributor of open source code, today announced the availability of Java Platform Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6). The Java SE 6 release is the result of over two years of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Sun engineers and over 330 external developers. Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 6 release can leverage the new NetBeans(TM) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 5.5, which fully supports all the latest features of the Java SE 6 platform.

    Java SE 6 software makes development easier, faster and more cost-efficient and delivers enhanced functionality for web services, dynamic language support, diagnostics, and desktop applications. In addition, over 160 companies worked with Sun and tested their Java technology-based applications on the Java SE 6 platform to help ensure compatibility, stability and optimum performance for the Java SE 6 release. Backward compatibility of Java SE 6 with previous versions of the platform preserves the skill sets of current Java software developers and protects Java technology investments. In-depth information and technology downloads for the Java SE 6 release are available at: http://java.sun.com/javase/6.

    The powerful combination of the new Java SE 6 release and the NetBeans 5.5 IDE provides developers with a reliable, open and compatible, high-performance framework for delivering Java technology-based applications faster and easier than ever before. The NetBeans IDE provides an open source, high performance, modular, extensible, multi-platform Java IDE to accelerate the development of Java SE 6 software-based applications and web services. The NetBeans IDE is available for download along with the Java SE 6 platform at: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads, or separately at http://www.netbeans.org.

    "Java SE 6 technology is now, more than ever, an extremely strong platform for both developers and vendors and the NetBeans IDE is the best way for developers to leverage all the new functionality in the Java SE 6 release. With expanded dynamic language and web services support, the Java SE 6 platform is optimized for building Web 2.0 applications and services," said Rich Green, executive vice president of Software at Sun. "Moving forward, the OpenJDK(TM) project will define how Sun's Java SE implementation evolves, and we look forward to working even more closely with the developer community on the next version of the Java SE platform."

    Web 2.0

    The Java SE 6 software helps accelerate developer innovation for web-based, dynamic and online collaboration applications by including a new framework and developer APIs to allow mixing of Java technology with dynamically typed languages, such as PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript(TM) technology. Sun has also created a collection of scripting engines at: http://scripting.dev.java.net and pre-configured the Rhino JavaScript engine in the Java SE 6 platform. In addition, the Java SE 6 software includes a full web services client stack and supports the latest web services specifications, such as JAX-WS 2.0, JAXB 2.0, STAX and JAXP.

    Diagnostics, Monitoring, and Management

    The Java SE 6 platform provides expanded tools for diagnosing, managing and monitoring applications and also includes support for the new NetBeans Profiler 5.5 and for Solaris(TM) DTrace, a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework that is included in the Solaris 10 Operating System. In addition, the Java SE 6 software further increases ease of development with tool interface updates for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM (TM)) and the Java Platform Debugger Architecture (JPDA).

    Enterprise Desktop

    The Java SE 6 release delivers significant improvements to the desktop, which enable Java applications to integrate even more seamlessly into the end-user experience. For rapid visual development of interactive applications, the Java SE 6 platform includes a new layout manager component, based on the NetBeans GUI Builder (formerly code named Matisse). The Java SE 6 software also provides enhanced support for the upcoming version of Windows Vista.

    "We welcome the Java SE 6 release and its compatibility with Windows Vista because we want to see a good Java technology experience available for customers using Windows," said Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. "We have worked very closely with Sun through the development process to ensure continued compatibility and interoperability between Java technology, Windows and the latest versions of Internet Explorer.

    Developer Support and Services

    Developers using the Java SE 6 platform or Sun Developer Tools and technologies to leverage the Java SE 6 release, can get support through Sun Developer Services - Sun's complete line of developer how-to help, product support and updates, and training and certification programs ( http://developers.sun.com/services). For the Java SE 6 release, Sun is offering a special promotion for 60 days of unlimited support for Java SE 6 software, free of charge, through Sun Developer Expert Assistance. Sun Java MultiPlatform (JMP) Support (http://sun.com/javasupport) offers end-to-end, mission critical Java technology support for customers with heterogeneous computing environments and helps to optimize application performance and reduce risk. In addition to the existing one year offering, Sun is now offering new three year subscription pricing for JMP Support to help customers lower costs. Sun Developer Network Program (SDN) members can also get a 10 percent discount on the new Java SE 6 technology training course. Developers are encouraged to join the SDN, at no cost, by registering online at: http://developers.sun.com/register.

    About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at sun.com.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ken Shuman Bite Communications +1-415-365-0381 ken.shuman@bitepr.com Jacki DeCoster Sun Microsystems +1-415-294-4482 jacki.decoster@sun.com

    Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, NetBeans, JVM, Solaris, Open JDK and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

    Web site: http://sun.com

    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Ken Shuman of Bite Communications, +1-415-365-0381, ken.shuman@bitepr.com; or Jacki DeCoster of Sun Microsystems, +1-415-294-4482, jacki.decoster@sun.com




    Sun Announces Revolutionary Version of Java Technology - Java Platform Standard Edition 6Major Release Provides Significant Enhancements for Web Services and Web 2.0 Development and Support for Dynamic Languages, Windows Vista and NetBeans Tools

    LONDON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. , the creator of Java(TM) technology and the Solaris(TM) Operating System and the world's leading contributor of open source code, today announced the availability of Java Platform Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6). The Java SE 6 release is the result of over two years of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Sun engineers and over 330 external developers. Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 6 release can leverage the new NetBeans(TM) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 5.5, which fully supports all the latest features of the Java SE 6 platform.

    Java SE 6 software makes development easier, faster and more cost-efficient and delivers enhanced functionality for web services, dynamic language support, diagnostics, and desktop applications. In addition, over 160 companies worked with Sun and tested their Java technology-based applications on the Java SE 6 platform to help ensure compatibility, stability and optimum performance for the Java SE 6 release. Backward compatibility of Java SE 6 with previous versions of the platform preserves the skill sets of current Java software developers and protects Java technology investments. In-depth information and technology downloads for the Java SE 6 release are available at: http://java.sun.com/javase/6.

    The powerful combination of the new Java SE 6 release and the NetBeans 5.5 IDE provides developers with a reliable, open and compatible, high-performance framework for delivering Java technology-based applications faster and easier than ever before. The NetBeans IDE provides an open source, high performance, modular, extensible, multi-platform Java IDE to accelerate the development of Java SE 6 software-based applications and web services. The NetBeans IDE is available for download along with the Java SE 6 platform at: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads, or separately at http://www.netbeans.org/.

    "Java SE 6 technology is now, more than ever, an extremely strong platform for both developers and vendors and the NetBeans IDE is the best way for developers to leverage all the new functionality in the Java SE 6 release. With expanded dynamic language and web services support, the Java SE 6 platform is optimized for building Web 2.0 applications and services," said Rich Green, executive vice president of Software at Sun. "Moving forward, the OpenJDK(TM) project will define how Sun's Java SE implementation evolves, and we look forward to working even more closely with the developer community on the next version of the Java SE platform."

    Web 2.0

    The Java SE 6 software helps accelerate developer innovation for web- based, dynamic and online collaboration applications by including a new framework and developer APIs to allow mixing of Java technology with dynamically typed languages, such as PHP, Python, Ruby and JavaScript(TM) technology. Sun has also created a collection of scripting engines at: http://scripting.dev.java.net/ and pre-configured the Rhino JavaScript engine in the Java SE 6 platform. In addition, the Java SE 6 software includes a full web services client stack and supports the latest web services specifications, such as JAX-WS 2.0, JAXB 2.0, STAX and JAXP.

    Diagnostics, Monitoring, and Management

    The Java SE 6 platform provides expanded tools for diagnosing, managing and monitoring applications and also includes support for the new NetBeans Profiler 5.5 and for Solaris(TM) DTrace, a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework that is included in the Solaris 10 Operating System. In addition, the Java SE 6 software further increases ease of development with tool interface updates for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM (TM)) and the Java Platform Debugger Architecture (JPDA).

    Enterprise Desktop

    The Java SE 6 release delivers significant improvements to the desktop, which enable Java applications to integrate even more seamlessly into the end- user experience. For rapid visual development of interactive applications, the Java SE 6 platform includes a new layout manager component, based on the NetBeans GUI Builder (formerly code named Matisse). The Java SE 6 software also provides enhanced support for the upcoming version of Windows Vista.

    "We welcome the Java SE 6 release and its compatibility with Windows Vista because we want to see a good Java technology experience available for customers using Windows," said Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. "We have worked very closely with Sun through the development process to ensure continued compatibility and interoperability between Java technology, Windows and the latest versions of Internet Explorer.

    Developer Support and Services

    Developers using the Java SE 6 platform or Sun Developer Tools and technologies to leverage the Java SE 6 release, can get support through Sun Developer Services - Sun's complete line of developer how-to help, product support and updates, and training and certification programs (http://developers.sun.com/services). For the Java SE 6 release, Sun is offering a special promotion for 60 days of unlimited support for Java SE 6 software, free of charge, through Sun Developer Expert Assistance. Sun Java MultiPlatform (JMP) Support (http://sun.com/javasupport) offers end-to-end, mission critical Java technology support for customers with heterogeneous computing environments and helps to optimize application performance and reduce risk. In addition to the existing one year offering, Sun is now offering new three year subscription pricing for JMP Support to help customers lower costs. Sun Developer Network Program (SDN) members can also get a 10 percent discount on the new Java SE 6 technology training course. Developers are encouraged to join the SDN, at no cost, by registering online at: http://developers.sun.com/register.

    About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at sun.com.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ken Shuman Bite Communications (415) 365-0381 ken.shuman@bitepr.com Jacki DeCoster Sun Microsystems (415) 294-4482 jacki.decoster@sun.com

    Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, NetBeans, JVM, Solaris, Open JDK and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

    Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Ken Shuman of Bite Communications, +1-415-365-0381,
    ken.shuman@bitepr.com; or Jacki DeCoster of Sun Microsystems, +1-415-294-4482,
    jacki.decoster@sun.com

    Web site: http://sun.com/




    Quantum Introduces Data De-Duplication and Replication Solutions to Dramatically Improve Disk-Based BackupCapitalizes on Recent ADIC Acquisition With Differentiated DXi-Series Appliances That Build on Quantum's Expertise in Backup, Recovery and Archive

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Corp. , the leading global specialist in backup, recovery and archive, today announced its first disk-based backup solutions incorporating data de-duplication and replication technologies: the DXi3500 and DXi5500 appliances. By eliminating redundant data, the DXi-Series appliances allow users in midrange and data center environments to retain 10 to 50 times more backup data on fast recovery disk and cost-effectively store data for months instead of days. Data de-duplication technology also allows Quantum's appliances to provide WAN-based remote replication of backup data as a practical tool for disaster recovery between distributed sites such as data centers and regional offices. Quantum designed the DXi-Series to be easily installed and managed in a wide range of IT environments, and the company's long-standing expertise in backup, recovery and archive solutions makes it uniquely positioned to meet customers' disk-based backup needs within this broader storage context.

    Since completing its acquisition of ADIC in August 2006, Quantum has combined key technologies from both companies in an integrated software layer that is part of the DXi-Series solution. This encompasses Quantum's patented data de-duplication technology and other enhanced functionality, providing such advantages as best-in-class performance of up to 800 GB/hour and flexibility between NAS and virtual tape library (VTL) network interfaces.

    "Data de-duplication is a powerful technology, bringing real and immediate value to end users," said Heidi Biggar, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the introduction of its DXi-Series, Quantum adds data de-duplication to its disk-based portfolio. Combine that with hardware compression, asynchronous replication, and onboard monitoring and diagnostic tools, and Quantum's got a powerful message. The speed at which it was able to bring this new product to market is no small feat, and is a testament to the direction and integration of the newly combined company."

    Conventional disk storage cannot provide enough cost-effective capacity to let users retain more than a few days of backup data, limiting the benefits disk provides. Additionally, the amount of backup data in distributed sites and cost of bandwidth have prevented disk-based remote replication from being a viable solution, leaving data at risk in the event of a site loss or other localized threat. Quantum's DXi3500 and DXi5500 address these issues with a strong appliance-based backup and replication solution that further expands the company's disk-based backup portfolio.

    "Quantum's DXi-Series significantly increases the power of disk to support backup, data retention, and disaster recovery planning, while delivering the industry-leading performance that has long been a key differentiator of our disk-based solutions," said Bill Britts, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Service for Quantum. "We have global scale and the comprehensive experience in backup, recovery and archive to provide customers with the right combination of disk, replication and tape for their environment and evolving storage requirements."

    Quantum DXi-Series Advantages

    In addition to data de-duplication, Quantum's integrated software layer includes a high performance embedded file-system, high speed data compression, asynchronous replication, interface flexibility, and built-in monitoring, alerting and diagnostic tools. This integrated software layer not only provides a key advantage for the DXi3500 and DXi5500 appliances but also offers an extensible foundation for future intelligent backup, recovery and archive solutions that will improve data protection for a broad range of customer environments from remote offices to large enterprise data centers.

    Quantum's DXi-Series appliances provide a wide variety of capacity options that deliver extended protection for data sets ranging from 250 GB to 11 TB in size. Assuming typical data mixes and standard backup methods, these appliances can offer up to 216 TB of disk-based retention capacity, using an average 20:1 de-duplication ratio -- enough capacity to retain months of backups on disk for an 11 TB primary data set.

    By delivering best-in-class performance, the DXi-Series also enables de- duplication to work more effectively for backing up enterprise data sets, optimizing the amount of data that can be protected within a given time period. When compared to other data reduction products, DXi-Series appliances can protect the same amount of data in as little as half the time.

    Easy to deploy and operate, the DXi3500 and DXi5500 are fully integrated appliances that can be presented to backup software as a NAS mount point (CIFS/NFS) or as a VTL with either Fibre Channel or iSCSI interconnect. Whether they appear as a standard NAS backup target or a familiar virtual tape interface, DXi-Series appliances are fully compatible with all leading backup applications and do not require that users change their existing backup methodology or infrastructure.

    As part of a comprehensive solutions set from Quantum, the DXi-Series is supported by a suite of global service offerings. Included as standard are Quantum StorageCare(TM) onsite warranty and StorageCare Guardian, Quantum's proactive remote support solution. Warranty extensions and upgrades, as well as a full portfolio of professional installation and integration services, are optional.

    Availability

    Quantum plans to begin shipping DXi3500 and DXi5500 units early in the first calendar quarter of 2007. Pricing begins at $24,000 MSRP for an entry DXi-Series solution and scales across eight different available models that protect increasing amounts of primary data.

    About Quantum

    Quantum Corp. is the leading global storage company specializing in backup, recovery and archive. Combining focused expertise, customer-driven innovation, and platform independence, Quantum provides a comprehensive, integrated range of disk, tape, and software solutions supported by a world- class sales and service organization. As a long-standing and trusted partner, the company works closely with a broad network of resellers, OEMs and other suppliers to meet customers' evolving data protection needs. Quantum Corp., 1650 Technology Drive, Suite 700, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 944-4000, http://www.quantum.com/.

    NOTE: Quantum, the Quantum logo, DLT, DLTtape and the DLTtape logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation. StorageCare is a trademark of Quantum Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    "Safe Harbor" Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, without limitation, statements relating to 1) customer benefits and value to customers from using Quantum's DXi-Series appliances, 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future sales of such appliances, and 3) the availability of such appliances are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein include, but are not limited to, operational difficulties, unforeseen technical limitations, unexpected material deviation in product operation, the ability of competitors to introduce new solutions that compete more successfully with our solutions, and unanticipated changes in customers' needs or requirements. More detailed information about these risk factors, and additional risk factors, are set forth in Quantum's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled " Risk Factors," on pages 40 to 50 in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 9, 2006 and on pages 14 to 25 in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 12, 2006; and those described in any subsequently filed reports. Such reports contain and identify important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statement. In particular, you should review the risk factor on page 42 of our Form 10-Q under the heading "Our operating results depend on new product introductions, which may not be successful, in which case our business, financial condition, and operating results may be materially and adversely affected." Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    Quantum Corp.

    CONTACT: Sean Lamb, Public Relations of Quantum Corp., +1-408-944-6727,
    or sean.lamb@quantum.com

    Web site: http://www.quantum.com/

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