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March 11, 2002

Flint builds Wireless team, extends relationship with CSR

Flint Wireless has announced that it has been appointed the sole UK agent, as well as distributor for CSR Bluetooth silicon and development tools, following the termination of CSR's relationship with Silex. To help support its growing level of Bluetooth business, Flint has also added George Dunlop, as a Communications Systems Specialist, and Mo Farhand as Technical Specialist extending its team supporting Bluetooth technology.

Based on the success of our relationship with Flint Wireless, and their excellent track record of developing and working with customers on CSR silicon, we made the decision to offer Flint the opportunity to develop high volume blue-chip designs, as will as mid-tier opportunities, commented Alan Woolhouse, CSR Vice President of Communications, Our new relationship makes Flint Wireless the centre of excellence for CSR Bluetooth technology in the UK. said Flint Managing Director Carl Barton.

"We are proud to have achieved a new franchise agreement, at the point at which CSR is rolling out the second generation of its technology." George comes to Flint from Silex Communications where, as Technical Director, he managed support for CSRs tier 1 customers in UK and Eire. He has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, in communications applications and in IT systems integration. Mo Farhand, an experienced software engineer, was Technical Specialist at Silex and brings with him in-depth knowledge of embedded systems programming and integration.

Flint Wireless is headed up by Flint Marketing Manager Douglas Gilmour, and includes John Jones as dedicated Wireless Technical Manager. Flint's three FAEs have been fully trained on Bluetooth technology.

About Flint
Flint, the UK's leading specialist distributor of electronic components, offers specific strengths in Smart Card technology, Wireless technology and Displays. Flint Smart, supported by Gemplus, Omron and other leading franchises, offers a complete portfolio of components and modules required to build a contact-based or contact less smart card system, from a complete kiosk with customised cards, down to individual smart card connectors and chipsets. Flint Wireless focuses on radio communication solutions, including complete solutions for Bluetooth, and is supported by CSR for silicon, Mezoe for development software and gigaAnt for antennae. Flint Displays offers a complete portfolio of graphics and text displays, supported by driver cards, cable harnesses and other associated technologies. 

Alongside these specialist areas, Flint offers a broad range of general semiconductor, connector and passive components, backed by outstanding service, technical and logistical support. Flint Distribution had an annual turnover of #20.6 million in the 2000/1 financial year.

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For further details please contact Flint Distribution, Walker Road, Bardon
Hill, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1TU, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0) 1530 510333, fax: +44 (0) 1530 5113.
Email: enq@flint.co.uk, or see the website: www.flint.co.uk.


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