NETGEAR®’s RangeMax™ NEXT Product Design Wins Esteemed GOOD DESIGN™ Award
NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that it has received the prestigious 2006 GOOD DESIGN™ Award for the innovative, cutting-edge design of its RangeMax NEXT family of draft-802.11n wireless routers, gateways and access points. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the GOOD DESIGN competition honors the world’s best industrial designers and manufacturers in their pursuit of design excellence. The sleek, modern white enclosure of the RangeMax NEXT line (http://www.netgear.com/Home/Products/RoutersandGateways/RangeMaxNEXTWirelessRoutersandGateways.aspx)– codenamed “Monroe” – was recognized in the program’s electronics category.
“We firmly believe our innovative RangeMax NEXT family of networking products embody our company’s charter – to provide devices that exceed industry standards for performance, ease-of-use, dependability and stylishness,” said Patrick Lo, chairman and CEO of NETGEAR. “To receive yet another enviable design award is a testament to our engineers and our design firm, NewDealDesign, for their commitment to successfully fusing technology excellence and chic.”
The GOOD DESIGN Award is the most desirable design accolade in the world, recognizing products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace. Since 1950, the GOOD DESIGN program has emphasized quality design of the highest form, function and aesthetic – a standard beyond ordinary consumer products.
Products submitted for the program are judged by a collection of distinguished design professionals, leading industry specialists and design press on criteria established in the original 1950 program. Elements the judges look for in award-winning products include innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, energy efficiency and sensitivity to the environment. NETGEAR’s RangeMax NEXT was selected as having met the program’s rigorous criteria and tests for absolute design excellence.
This marks NETGEAR’s fourth such coveted design award in two years, and the second for NETGEAR’s RangeMax NEXT enclosure, which recently garnered Japan’s prominent 2006 GOOD DESIGN Award. Additionally, NETGEAR’s “Platinum II” enclosure – for more than two dozen NETGEAR devices – won a GOOD DESIGN™ Award in 2004. Both the RangeMax NEXT enclosure and the Platinum II enclosure were designed in conjunction with San Francisco-based NewDealDesign LLC. (www.newdealdesign.com).
“We’re extremely proud of our design work with NETGEAR to develop a product enclosure that people are delighted to display in their homes and offices,” stated Gadi Amit, president of NewDealDesign. “Such awards affirm that NETGEAR is a leader in their respective industry, not only in terms of technology excellence, but aesthetic details as well.”
NewDealDesign is a topnotch alternative to the traditional design franchises. Focusing on design for the real world, NewDealDesign combines a hands-on attitude, extraordinary talent, and a common sense approach to deliver high quality yet cost-effective design. The firm has earned 40 awards in the last three years for design excellence and market success in a wide range of industries. NewDealDesign is located in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.newdealdesign.com or call (415) 399-0405.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR® (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company’s product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.
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