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Intel and CableLabs to Cooperate on PC Cable Modems.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 1997--Intel Corporation and Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs(R)) have agreed to work together to draft two new high-speed data interface specifications for submission to the CableLabs-managed Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) process.

The new specifications will allow the next generation of cable modems to connect to PCs through external ports, called the Universal Serial Bus (USB) and IEEE 1394. USB-enabled PCs are currently shipping in volume today, and 1394-enabled PCs will begin shipping next year. Both ports were developed to allow easy "plug-and-play" installation of computer peripherals, such as an external cable modem, outside the box.

With the use of the USB or 1394 port, a consumer may connect an external cable modem to a computer in a matter of minutes. Today's installation of a cable modem may require a trained PC technician to open a consumer's computer and install a card into a dedicated computer slot inside the PC, and then reconfigure the system.

Cable modems provide consumers with "always on," full-time high-speed network connections to their personal computers. The speeds of these data connections are much greater than the fastest telephone modems available today, enabling high-speed Internet access and a new class of broadband services and data applications for consumers.

"Intel is pleased to be working with CableLabs and its members to assist in simplifying cable modem connections to PCs, while dramatically reducing deployment costs for cable operators," said Avram Miller, Intel vice president of Business Development. "We believe working with CableLabs to address this issue makes a powerful alliance to speed deployment of broadband services to homes."

"We appreciate Intel's contribution in addressing the current challenges posed by cable modem installations. We believe that the USB/1394 opportunity will help our members reduce installation time and thereby improve choice, control, and convenience for more high-speed Internet surfers," said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and CEO of CableLabs.

Intel and CableLabs also agreed to work together in a number of other areas, including assisting in the validation of USB and 1394 DOCSIS cable modem implementations.

CableLabs, its members, and suppliers are working together in the DOCSIS process to achieve high-speed cable modems and head-end equipment. DOCSIS will benefit consumers and cable operators by providing multiple sources of interoperable modems, thereby encouraging marketplace competition and enabling economies of scale.

CableLabs is a research and development consortium of cable television system operators representing the continents of North America and South America. CableLabs plans and funds research and development projects that will help cable companies take advantage of future opportunities and meet future challenges in the cable television industry.

It also transfers relevant technologies to member companies and to the industry. In addition, CableLabs acts as a clearinghouse to provide information on current and prospective technological developments that are of interest to the cable industry. CableLabs maintains web sites at www.cablelabs.com; www.cablemodem.com; www.cablenet.org; www.opencable.com; and www.packetcable.com .

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of personal computer, networking and communications products. Additional information is available at www.intel.com/pressroom .

CONTACT: Intel Corporation

Tom Waldrop, 408/765-8478

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CableLabs

Mike Schwartz, 303/661-9100
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