IBM and MEMSIC Bring Ease of Use to Wireless Sensors

MEMSIC Adopts IBM Software to Enable Organizations to More Easily Harness Sensors and Find Patterns in Ubiquitous Data

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ROSEMONT, Ill. - 09 Jun 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a contract with MEMSIC Inc. (Nasdaq: MEMS), a leading micro-electromechanical systems and sensor solution provider, to offer one of its most popular sensors with new IBM software that enables enterprises to build smarter products and systems.  The announcement was made at the 2010 Sensors Expo & Conference.

Today, companies and governments are working to take advantage of wireless sensors and data analytics to: reduce cost and waste; improve efficiency and productivity; improve the ability to anticipate changes; and raise the quality of services, such as, healthcare, building maintenance and transportation. However, programming and connecting wireless sensors can be challenging, therefore limiting the ability of companies, governments and universities to take advantage of wireless sensor technology.

To change this, MEMSIC will bundle its IRIS wireless sensor motes with a new software platform called Mote Runner. Invented by IBM scientists in Zurich, Switzerland, this advanced hardware and software combination offers organizations a proven, low-cost sensor with open, portable, and developer-friendly software.

Motes -- also known as wireless sensor nodes -- gather sensory information, such as temperature, movement, or light and communicate that data across a network of wireless sensors.

Separately, IBM also announced the availability of the Mote Runner development kit as a free download on its emerging technologies website www.alphaworks.ibm.com.

"As a leading sensor manufacturer and wireless sensor networking infrastructure solution provider we are delighted to see ease of use brought to wireless sensor networks without compromising efficiency," said Steve Tsui, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, System Business at MEMSIC, Inc. "We share the same vision as IBM, of a world that is instrumented and connected with sensors, which is why we are pre-installing Mote Runner on our IRIS mote. This powerful combination will provide an efficient, scalable, easy to implement and cost effective solution."

About IRIS and Mote Runner

The MEMSIC IRIS is a 2.4 GHz wireless sensor mote used for enabling low-power wireless sensor networks, such as monitoring the temperature and electricity in a high rise office building or traffic patterns on a busy intersection.

Now pre-installed with Mote Runner, IRIS users can benefit from:

"Mote Runner on MEMSIC IRIS motes is a wireless sensor network in a box," comments Thorsten Kramp, computer scientist, IBM Research.  "The combination of MEMSIC's popular IRIS mote with Mote Runner makes developing for and operating a wireless sensor network easy and straightforward."

The contract was signed in June 2010. Sets comprising Mote Runner on MEMSIC motes can be ordered via all MEMSIC distribution and sales channels starting July 2010.

Available on IBM alphaWorks

To encourage exploration, the Mote Runner software development kit is available free of charge for non-commercial use to universities and students and available as a 90-day evaluation trial for corporate users on the IBM alphaWorks website at www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/moterunner.  Free support is provided on the IBM alphaWorks website.

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About MEMSIC Inc.

MEMSIC Inc. (Nasdaq: MEMS), headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, is a leading provider of MEMS sensor components, sophisticated inertial systems and leading-edge wireless sensor networks for diverse real world applications ranging from automotive, consumer, industrial and aerospace.  Our proprietary approach combines leading edge technologies with mixed signal processing circuitry to provide an industry-leading level of application support.

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