March 31, 2004


Motia Recognized for Developing Smart Antenna Technologies That Improve Any Wireless System—From Wi-Fi to Satellite Television

STAMFORD, CT – MARCH 31, 2004 – Motia, a fabless semiconductor company focused on enabling smart antennas for wireless systems providers, today announced that they have been selected “Startup of the Year” by the readers of EDN magazine. The award was announced at the 14th Annual Innovation and Innovator of the Year Awards Ceremony, held Monday night in San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized by EDN magazine and their readers as the Startup of the Year,” said Paul Sun, Motia’s President and CEO. “2003 was a great year for Motia—and we look forward to continuing our Company growth and delivering products that can make existing wireless solutions even better. Motia is honored to accept this award.”

The EDN Innovation Awards recognize significant products/technologies in several categories. After an open nomination period, a panel of EDN editors selects finalists in each of 15 categories. EDN's readers then cast the votes to select the final winners using an online ballot.

“The 14th Annual EDN Innovation Awards are proud to recognize innovations across the entire gamut of technologies that are key to creating products everyone can enjoy and use,” said Maury Wright, editor-in-chief of EDN magazine. “We applaud the engineering profession for creating advancements that put technology to work for people in their everyday lives.”

Motia is applying its adaptive beamforming technology to a variety of wireless systems. Current products include smart antenna solutions for the Wi-Fi and in-vehicle direct broadcast satellite (DBS) markets:

Motia’s standards-compliant Javelin™ semiconductor product works with any existing baseband and RF solution chipset, and easily integrates into customers’ existing products, increasing Wi-Fi range and enhancing performance. Motorola intends to incorporate Javelin smart antennas into its future 802.11x-based products, to improve quality of service and extend their range by up to four times.

Motia’s Cross Country™ mobile direct broadcast satellite (DBS) product is a reference design that enables automotive, truck, RV and marine equipment providers and OEMs to add live, in-motion satellite television to their multimedia offerings. The low-profile (smaller and more compact), low-cost solution electronically steers the antenna beam without being elevated over the roofline. It can be installed either as an accessory or as a factory-installed option, remaining flush with the roofline and unseen both inside and outside the vehicle. Delphi, a world leader in mobile electronics, is using the smart antenna technology found in Motia’s Cross Country design together with Delphi’s proprietary tracking system for its Mobile Satellite TV Antenna System.

“Despite a tough economy in 2003, it’s clear that the innovative spirit is still flourishing in the electronics industry,” added Maury Wright. “The recipients of the EDN Innovation Awards represent the best of the best in developing the products and technologies that handle the interface to the analog world, that carry the computational burden for multimedia and communications, and that implement test, development, and design for semiconductors via software,” he said.

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN Australia, EDN China, EDN Japan, and, the only full-content, EOEM publication and Web site. EDN is a publication within Reed Electronics Group, part of Reed Elsevier plc group (NYSE: RUK and ENL)—a world-leading publisher, trade show producer and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors.

About Motia
Motia is a fabless semiconductor company focused on enabling smart antennas for wireless systems providers. The Company's standards-compliant adaptive beamforming technologies easily integrate into customers' wireless products to enhance overall functionality and performance. Motia was founded in 2000 and is backed by Kodiak Venture Partners, Axiom Venture Partners and Carrot Capital. For more information, please visit or call (866) IC-MOTIA.

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