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Covidien Launches First-In-Class, Questra-Based Valleylab(TM) Exchange Software Update System
Date:11/28/2007

Leader in Energy-based Surgical Systems Uses Intelligent Device Management to Streamline Software Delivery to Support New Instruments and Technologies

BOULDER, Colo. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Covidien Ltd. (NYSE: COV; BSX: COV), a world leader in advanced energy-based surgical systems, and Questra Corporation, the leader in Intelligent Device Management (IDM), today announced the global launch of the Valleylab(TM) Exchange Software Update System.

The first remote update system in the electrosurgical market today, the Valleylab(TM) Exchange Software Update System is a convenient, cost-effective method for hospitals to remotely update the software on the ForceTriad(TM) energy platform. Hospitals can extend the capabilities of the energy platform and add support for new surgical instruments with this system, which updates software through secure electronic communications via RS-232 ports. They may also conduct updates over the Internet at their facility -- without needing to send the surgical unit to a center or depot.

"With the launch of the Valleylab(TM) Exchange Software Update System, Covidien is the first manufacturer of advanced RF energy-based surgical systems to provide customers with secure, remote software updating and device extensibility," said Cameron Rouns, vice president of product marketing in Covidien's Energy-based Devices Global Business Unit (GBU).

By streamlining software delivery, hospitals benefit from increased device availability and a noticeable reduction in depot-based software delivery costs. Previously, with Valleylab(TM) products in more than 200 countries, the process of updating the software on a surgical system using depot-based se
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