PCTEL Continues International Expansion by Acquiring BlueCom Technology

PCTEL Continues International Expansion by Acquiring BlueCom Technology

January 17, 2001
PCTEL Continues International Expansion by Acquiring BlueCom Technology Milpitas, CA – January 17, 2001 – PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), a leading provider of personal connectivity and Internet access technology, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of BlueCom Technology Corp., Taiwan’s industry leader in the innovation, development and marketing of MMX Signal Processing (MSP) technology. Since BlueCom’s intellectual property is complementary to PCTEL’s market-leading soft modem technology, this acquisition provides PCTEL with additional engineering resources. The acquisition also strengthens PCTEL’s international base, increasing its ability to more strongly support Asia-Pacific customers in the development of communication solutions for new Internet products.

“This acquisition is our latest response to expanding market demands,” noted Bill Roach, president and chief operating officer of PCTEL. “The purchase of BlueCom is strategic to our plans for 2001. The acquisition gives us the ability to offer a higher level of local support to our customers. Additionally, BlueCom’s strong ties to Taiwan University, one of the premier engineering schools in the Pacific Rim, will help further our recruiting effort for top engineering talent.”

“We expect the BlueCom acquisition to be neutral to earnings,” said Andrew Wahl, PCTEL’s chief financial officer. “The addition of the engineering and design talent at BlueCom to the PCTEL team is a clear indicator of our intent to continue funding in research and development.”

Effective December 14, 2000, BlueCom Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCTEL. Former BlueCom president Andy Hong will remain with PCTEL. He will manage the Taiwan engineering group while reporting to PCTEL’s corporate engineering team. Future plans include the office’s relocation to a larger space within the next 90 days.


PCTEL, founded in March 1994, is driving the evolution of innovative, cost-effective personal connectivity solutions including analog soft modems, digital broadband, home networking, high-density carrier-side and embedded Internet access technology. The company’s market leadership has led to a wide ranging and comprehensive portfolio of more than 43 broadband and analog communications patents, including the key and essential patents for HSP modem technology. PCTEL products are available to PC and data communications equipment manufacturers, as well as a variety of vertical market OEMs. PCTEL is located at 1331 California Circle, Milpitas, Calif., 95035. Telephone: (408) 965-2100. Fax: (408) 895-0178. For more information on PCTEL products, visit the PCTEL website at http://www.pctel.com.

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