Black Sand Technologies Names
KP Wilska to Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas—Nov. 12, 2007— Black Sand Technologies, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for advanced wireless applications, today announced that wireless industry veteran Kari-Pekka “KP” Wilska has joined the company's board of directors. Mr. Wilska has an extensive history within the cellular industry and was a driving force in the rise of Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) to its position as the largest wireless supplier in the world.  

 

“KP is recognized as one of the cellular industry’s true pioneers and has a proven track record both specifically in wireless handsets and more broadly in working with companies to deliver innovative technologies to the wireless industry,” said John Diehl, chief executive officer of Black Sand Technologies. “We are pleased to leverage KP’s expertise as we develop wireless solutions that enable our customers to create products with better performance, smaller form factor and longer battery life.”

Mr. Wilska joined Nokia in 1973 and served in numerous marketing and executive roles throughout Nokia before retiring in 2005 as president of Nokia subsidiary Vertu Ltd.  Mr. Wilska also serves on the boards of directors of Brightpoint, Inc. (CELL), 724 Solutions, Inc., Mavenir Systems, Inc., Paragon Wireless Ltd. and PulseWave RF, Inc.; as chairman of the advisory Board of Sipera, Inc.; and on the advisory board of Navini Networks, Inc. Previously, he served on the boards of directors of Spectra Site, Inc., Zarlink, Inc. (NYSE: ZL) and Agere Systems, Inc. (NYSE: LSI) 2005.

"Black Sand Technologies is on a path to transform the design of broadband wireless devices. Their technology provides significant space savings and efficiency improvements for wireless products from mobile handsets to laptops,” said Mr. Wilska. "I look forward to working with the team at Black Sand to deliver this revolutionary new technology to the wireless market."

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