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RFM to sell Dust Networks systems

May 8, 2008 - DALLAS - RF Monolithics announced a strategic alliance agreement with Dust Networks. Under the agreement, RFM and Dust will collaborate on the integration of Dust SmartMesh-XD embedded systems into OEM modules, gateways and other products which RFM will configure and sell, for a variety of WSN applications including asset management, environmental monitoring, condition-based maintenance, and building automation.

RFM has developed M2M wireless networking devices incorporating a wide range of proprietary and standards-based technologies. While other technologies may offer low power or high data reliability, Dust Networks’ WSN embedded systems uniquely combine both features, allowing all nodes in the network to be battery-powered with battery lifetimes up to a decade.

“The combination of Dust technology and RFM capabilities will complement and broaden our existing portfolio of wireless network devices with a variety of supported technologies, firmware and embedded mesh software,” stated David M. Kirk, president and CEO of RFM. “RFM has a long heritage of best-in-class innovative, quality products. This strategic alliance with Dust exemplifies our plan to continue that tradition through our wireless solutions strategy and our focus on the emerging M2M market,” Mr. Kirk said. With the addition of proven networking technology from Dust, RFM will continue to deliver M2M solutions for dramatic improvements in energy management, maintenance efficiency, asset utilization, resource consumption, and employee productivity within agriculture, commercial, communications, education, government and military/defense vertical markets.

“We continue to invest for the future, targeting emerging markets in the M2M space, where opportunities exist. We believe our continued resource focus and investment in wireless solution products, software and services for M2M markets should lead to profitable growth as the M2M markets mature,” stated Mr. Kirk.

“Dust Networks is pleased to be working with RFM to integrate SmartMesh-XD in their product offerings,” said Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks. “The highly reliable and low-power Dust-enabled products offered by RFM will address a wide range of wireless monitoring and control solutions in the fast growing M2M market.”

About Dust Networks
Dust Networks, the leader in standards-based intelligent wireless sensor networking (WSN), provides ultra low-power, highly reliable systems to industrial automation vendors in a range of markets. Dust Networks enables OEMs to offer monitoring and control solutions that provide unprecedented access to information from the physical world, resulting in improved operations, safer work environments, and increased competitive advantage. Dust Networks’ SmartMesh products combine revolutionary wireless networking capabilities with extremely low-power RF System-on-Chip (SoC) technology, providing OEMs with network-ready WSN solutions that are flexible and easy to integrate. Dust Networks partners with industry and standards groups such as ISA, the HART Foundation, and IETF to ensure the broad adoption of interoperable wireless sensor networking products.

About RFM
RFM, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is delivering M2M around the world. Our solutions-driven, technology-enabled approach to wireless connectivity enables the next generation of wireless applications with a broad range of wireless solutions – from comprehensive industrial wireless sensor networks to high-performance enterprise asset management software – extending the Internet to communicate with billions of unconnected machines. RFM was named to M2M Magazine’s “2007 M2M 100” and “2008 M2M 100” list of the most important and influential machine-to-machine technology providers. .
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