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Metalink Drives SHDSL Interoperability as Charter Member of University of New Hampshire SHDSL Consortium.

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TEL AVIV, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2000

Symmetric DSL Chip Set Leader Promotes Interoperability Within

Consortium to Enable SHDSL Mass Deployment

Metalink Ltd. (Nasdaq:MTLK), a fabless semiconductor company and leading designer of high performance, symmetric digital subscriber line (DSL) chip sets, announces it is taking a leading role in enabling symmetric DSL mass deployment by becoming a founding member of the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) -- Symmetric High-bit rate Digital Subscriber Line (SHDSL) Consortium.

Metalink SHDSL technology shows the highest levels of performance and integration. They will use their expertise to assist in defining the best interoperable standards to adopt. In today's multi-vendor environment, service providers want to know that their central office and customer premises equipment (CPE) will be reliable and work together seamlessly to deliver subscribers' high-speed data and Internet services. Resolution of interoperability issues is expected to foster cooperation in completing the standard and enable mass-market deployment of SHDSL.

"From its inception, Metalink has been a leader in DSL standardization bodies to ensure that interoperable standards are defined and utilized. We strongly support this UNH initiative to ensure that our customers have access the best symmetric DSL technologies available today," said Danny Gur, vice president of business development, Metalink. "We have and will continue to support organizations that positively promote interoperability for rapid mass deployment of DSL technology."

"The formation of the Consortium will enable the SHDSL industry engineers and University of New Hampshire students to learn about the SHDSL technology and encourage development of interoperable SHDSL equipment from the onset of the standard's completion," said Scott Valcourt, senior Consortium manager for the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory. "Historically, industry groups that form consortiums early in the technology development lifecycle have had significant success in developing standards-based interoperable products while the technology is still in development. The SHDSL community is poised to do the same with the formation of the SHDSL Consortium."

The consortium was formed because of the need for testing SHDSL products for interoperability. This program will allow Metalink, and the other 13 initial members, to conduct interoperability and conformance testing by providing facilities with a multi-vendor test environment, established and maintained by the consortium's members.

"True multi-vendor interoperability leads to greater product innovations, successful technology adoption and better services," added Valcourt.

Tests will start in late October at the University of New Hampshire.

About SHDSL:

SHDSL delivers symmetric data rates from 192 Kbps to 2.3 Mbps over standard copper wire pairs, and up to 4.6 Mbps with dual-pair implementations at distances much greater than traditionally deployed 2B1Q-based solutions. SHDSL is also spectrally friendly with other flavors of DSL, including ADSL. Because of that, SHDSL minimizes the grooming of copper lines, making it much more cost-effective for service providers to deploy. SHDSL is the determined International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Recommendation G.991.2 (G.shdsl) defining SHDSL services.

About the UNH InterOperability Laboratory:

The University of New Hampshire is the Land, Sea and Space Grant public university of the State of New Hampshire. The InterOperability Laboratory, founded in 1988, serves to educate students in computer communications technology and to foster interoperability within the 19 industry groups involved in the Laboratory. More than 100 worldwide companies are members of the UNH InterOperability Laboratory. For more information, visit the UNH InterOperability Laboratory at http://www.iol.unh.edu.

About Metalink:

Metalink Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company, develops and markets high performance DSL chip sets used by telecommunications equipment makers. Metalink is a pure-play DSL leader providing network equipment vendors with DSL-based chip sets that solve network bandwidth access bottlenecks cost effectively. The company's top level algorithmic designers along with its leadership in U.S. and European Telecommunications Standards bodies, has helped establish Metalink as a leader in the field of high-end, pure-play DSL technology. Metalink's headquarters is located at 24 Habarzel Street, Ramat Hachayal, Tel Aviv, 69710 Israel, Tel: 972-3-645-4333, Fax: 972-3-648-8022. Metalink's U.S. headquarters and mixed-signal design center is located at 105C Lake Forest Way, Folsom, CA 95630 Tel: 916/355-1580, Fax: 916/355-1585. For more information please visit Metalink's Web site at www.metalink.co.il.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are set forth from time to time in Metalink's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Metalink's Form F-1.
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