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Panamax/Furman Awarded Patent for UPS IR Control Link

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

PETALUMA, Calif. — Sept. 16, 2010 — Panamax/Furman today announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,755,216, entitled “Uninterrupted Power Supply With IR Control Link.” Featuring 20 claims, the patent covers the learning IR control feature in the company’s uninterrupted power supply (UPS) products, which utilizes a projector’s remote control system to interface with the UPS. By learning the projector’s power control infrared (IR) signals, these Panamax/Furman units allow expensive projector bulbs to go through a proper cool-down cycle in a power outage before shutting off, thus extending their lifetime.

“We are very excited to receive the patent for our IR Control Link technology, an important feature that extends the life of projector bulbs, providing significant savings for installers and consumers,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “This is our 19th patent overall. Our expanding portfolio of patent claims speaks highly to our contributions to the power management industry, with groundbreaking technologies that solidify our position as industry experts.”

To avoid permanent damage, many video projectors automatically cool bulbs with a built-in fan, which typically runs for eight to 10 minutes after the projector has been switched off. However, in the event of a power blackout, the high-power projector lamp will drain the UPS batteries quickly and lose power while the lamp is still hot. As a large number of projector OEMs each utilize proprietary firmware and software, UPS systems have not been developed that can automatically interface with projectors to send them into cool-down mode in such a scenario.

Invented by Gerald B. Hoopes, the learning IR control feature of Panamax/Furman’s UPS products solves this problem by recording, learning, and mimicking the IR signals of A/V components’ remote controls. These units can send an IR signal to the equipment to force it to go into a low-power, cool-down mode during a power outage, in which the projector lamp turns off but the fan continues to run while being powered by the UPS, thus allowing the bulb to complete its cool-down cycle.

Panamax/Furman products currently available with this new technology include the MB1500, M1000, MX5102, and F1500-UPS.

Details of patent number 7,755,216, “Uninterrupted Power Supply With IR Control Link,” may be viewed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website: www.uspto.gov.

Pakedge Is Awarded the First-Ever Patent for An In-Ceiling Wireless Access Point

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Contact: Nick Phillips, 877-274-6100 x116, nick@pakedge.com
Frank Doris / Media Relations, 631-645-5668, frankdoris@optonline.net

Foster City, CA – Pakedge Device & Software today announced it has been awarded a U.S. patent on its in-ceiling wireless access point design. Pakedge is the first company ever to be awarded a patent on an in-ceiling wireless access point (WAP), a device that expands the wireless connectivity of a home network, custom-installation audio/video system, security system or enterprise-class network.

Mounting a wireless access point in a ceiling can provide significant benefits. Wireless range can be increased and transmission/reception reliability improved by mounting a wireless access point in a ceiling, because of reduced interference from building and construction materials. In addition, an in-ceiling wireless access point offers increased installation options and convenience.

Pakedge U.S. patent number 7763797 covers the intellectual property relating to the mounting technology necessary to install wireless access points in a ceiling. It also describes the benefits of greater Wi-Fi range and better connection stability provided by an antenna array that is placed at an elevated location. Pakedge was the first company to develop an in-ceiling access point and subsequent patent in 2003.

A Pakedge in-ceiling WAP can be mounted in a variety of ways as either a retrofit or in new construction, in a ceiling as well as in a drywall installation. Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is used to eliminate the need for a dedicated power supply at the WAP location. As part of the patent design, a supplied wing bracket facilitates installation, and the cover of the Pakedge in-ceiling access point provides a clean, finished appearance. As an industry leader in developing wireless technology, Pakedge has used this intellectual property to develop its newest in-ceiling access point designs, which will make their debut this month.

Victor Pak, President and CEO of Pakedge, noted: “We are honored to receive the industry’s first-ever U.S. patent for an in-ceiling wireless access point. The patent reflects Pakedge’s commitment to offering innovative, problem-solving products that make life easier for custom installers and system integrators.”

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Pakedge Device & Software creates innovative networking products for people who demand performance, features, and reliability. Our products use the most advanced wireless and networking technology. They are designed for professionals to install and consumers to enjoy. For more information and system specifications, visit www.pakedge.com.

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