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COM21 SELECTS CONEXANT'S CABLE-MODEM REFERENCE DESIGN.

Com21 (Nasdaq:CMTO), a supplier of system solutions for the broadband access market, has selected Conexant Systems, Incorporated's InfoSurge CN9414 single-chip cable modem to develop next-generation products supporting the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) and Euromodem industry standards.

Conexant's cable-modem solution will enable Com21 to develop products that connect PCs to the cable network and give users Internet connections at speeds up to 1,000 times faster than today's fastest dial-up modems.

Com21 is basing its next-generation DVB/Euromodem products on an enhanced version of Conexant's DVB/Euromodem cable-modem reference design, which Conexant is co-developing with Cisco Systems. This reference design simplifies and speeds the development of products that interoperate with cable network infrastructure equipment in Europe, China, Latin America and other worldwide markets.

It features Conexant's programmable single-chip cable modem, the world's only solution capable of supporting all worldwide standards.

Com21 plans to adapt Conexant's highly versatile design platform to create products with enhanced functionality and performance for the DVB, Digital Audio Video Council (DAVIC) and Euromodem market segments.

DVB and DAVIC are international standards for interactive video, audio, data and voice services, and they also provide the foundation for the more extensive Euromodem specification established by the European Cable Communications Association (ECCA), the parent organization for the EuroCableLabs industry standards group.

"Conexant's cable-modem reference design provides an ideal platform for our development initiatives," said Jean Charles Point, director of European technology and standards at Com21 and chairman of the DVB Return Channel for Cable and LMDS (RCCL) Group.

"Com21 is working closely with leading cable operators and service providers to deliver high-speed, cost-effective Internet and telephony applications to corporate telecommuters, small businesses, home offices and residential end-users. Conexant's unique, programmable cable-modem design platform maximizes our flexibility in this market space, and will enable us to develop some of the world's most versatile and cost-competitive products."

Com21 will initially use Conexant's platform to create a family of external cable-modem products that use Ethernet and USB interfaces to the PC.

These products will take advantage of Conexant's programmable media access control (MAC) layer so that they can be software upgraded to support new industry standards and future capabilities such as Internet Protocol (IP) telephony and home networking, all via simple network downloads. Conexant's cable-modem architecture also improves system performance and reduces total system costs.

"Support for DVB-based cable modems is building in Europe and other geographies," said Michael Harris, president and principal analyst of broadband research firm Kinetic Strategies. "Conexant's hardware platform is unique both in its flexibility and its ability to support Europe's standardized digital cable network infrastructure."

"We are pleased that Com21 has selected Conexant's InfoSurge solution for its next-generation DVB products," said Dan Marotta, vice president and general manager for Conexant's Digital Infotainment Division. "We look forward to working with them to help accelerate the delivery of high-speed cable-modem products and services in Europe and other markets."

The CN9414 is supported by Conexant's complete reference design, which includes a comprehensive suite of driver, application and operating system code, as well as key application software above the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack for such critical cable-modem functions as registration, authentication and software downloading.

Together, the single-chip cable modem and comprehensive reference-design software suite create a complete system solution that is up to 25 percent less costly and significantly more power-efficient than alternative digital cable-modem solutions.

Com21 plans to adapt this basic platform so that it incorporates a variety of enhanced features and capabilities for developing products that the company plans to release in the second half of the year.

About Com21 Inc.

Com21 Inc., is a supplier of system solutions for the broadband access market. The company's DOCSIS, DVB and ATM-based products enable cable operators and service providers to deliver high-speed, cost-effective Internet and telephony applications to corporate telecommuters, small businesses, home offices and residential users.

Com21 has shipped 524,000 cable modems worldwide through March 31, 2000. Com21 is an ISO 9001 certified company with headquarters in Milpitas, Calif.; the European Development Center in Ireland, and sales and support locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America

About Conexant Systems

With a revenue run-rate of approximately $2 billion per year, Conexant is the world's largest independent company focused exclusively on providing semiconductor solutions for communications electronics.

With more than 30 years of experience in developing communications technology, the company draws upon its expertise in mixed-signal processing to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products for a broad range of communications applications.

These products facilitate communications worldwide through wireline voice and data communications networks, cordless and cellular wireless telephony systems, personal imaging devices and equipment, and emerging cable and wireless broadband communications networks.

The company aligns its business into five product platforms: Network Access, Wireless Communications, Digital Infotainment, Personal Imaging, and Personal Computing. Conexant is a member of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 Indices.

Conexant can be found on the World Wide Web at www.conexant.com.

For more information, call 949/483-7413.
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