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CONEXANT LAUNCHES ADSL/ADSL2PLUS UPGRADEABLE CHIPSET.

Conexant Systems, Inc.(Nasdaq:CNXT), Red Bank, N.J., a worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions for broadband communications, enterprise networks and the digital home, has introduced a new, low-deployment cost customer premise equipment (CPE) chipset addressing the emerging ADSL2 and ADSL2plus markets. The new Viking(TM) II Plus chipset offers bridging and router configurations to optimize system cost while allowing service providers to significantly reduce overall deployment costs. The fully programmable solution provides an upgrade path from a single platform, enabling service providers to seamlessly migrate to ADSL2 and ADSL2plus without hardware modifications. The Viking II Plus chipset family is backward compatible with all ADSL standards and provides industry-leading performance and interoperability with all major deployed digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs).

"We have used our proven expertise in DSL to deliver another advancement in performance and functionality in our highly successful Viking product line," said Angelo Stephano, vice president and assistant general manager of Broadband/DSL Access Products for Conexant. "Our new Viking II Plus semiconductor family underscores our commitment to providing our worldwide customer base with high-performance, flexible solutions that support today's technical standards and provide a cost-effective migration path that supports evolving technology standards."

The Viking II Plus platform is a highly integrated solution with feature-rich software supporting a wide array of DSL bridging and routing features including remote management and universal plug and play, that reduce service providers' deployment and support expenditures. Features include:

-- Field-proven technology based on the company's successful and widely deployed Viking family.

-- Pre-qualified at major service providers worldwide.

-- A flexible hardware platform supporting three software options with different memory sizes, resulting in optimized system cost. Options include managed bridge, PPPoE half-bridge and full-router applications. This enables manufacturers to use a single design for multiple product offerings.

-- Remote simple network management protocol (SNMP) management software that is interoperable with major DSLAM vendors including those in China. Remote service provider management via SNMP can significantly reduce the overall deployment costs of DSL service and is becoming a requirement for CPE deployments.

-- Support for all standards-compliant versions of ADSL including ITU G.992.1 (G.DMT), ITU G.992.2 (G.Lite), ITU G.992 Annex A, Annex B, Annex C far-end cross-talk bitmapping (FBM) and dual bitmapping (DBM), and ANSI T1.413 Issue 2.

Conexant's client-side and central office (CO) semiconductor solutions include a full range of standards-based integrated circuits, software and reference designs for all asymmetric and symmetric DSL market segments. Additional products include a highly integrated, multi-application CO network processor for the next-generation of intelligent DSL access equipment.

Availability

Samples of the Viking II Plus are available now, with volume production scheduled for the third quarter of 2004. A reference design that supports global ADSL deployments from a single platform is also offered.

About Conexant

Conexant's innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications, enterprise networks and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.

Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant's suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11a/b/g-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug(SM) and HomePNA(TM). The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines.

Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company with annual run-rate revenues of approximately $1.2 billion. The company has approximately 2,400 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Red Bank, N.J.

For more information, visit http://www.conexant.com or call 949/483-7363.
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