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Toshiba Wireless Cable Modem Gateway Earns DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and WHQL Certifications.

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2002

Triple Certification of Toshiba's 802.11b-Enabled Modem Gives Toshiba Critical Green Light to Successfully Market Its Newest Product

Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division (NPD) today announced that its PCX5000 DOCSIS Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is awarded CableLabs(R) Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) Certified(TM) status, Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) compatibility and Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance's (WECA) Wi-Fi(TM) certification.

The PCX5000 represents the only device in its class to include a cable modem, wireless router and Internet security technology based on Check Point Software Technologies' (Nasdaq:CHKP) market-leading VPN-1(R)/FireWall-1(R) solution.

The PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is Toshiba NPD's first home networking solution and will be marketed through both multiple systems operators (MSO) and retail channels. It includes both wired and wireless networking features, with four 10/100 ports and an 802.11b wireless interface. The unit offers Safe@ security software developed by SofaWare, a Check Point company, and provides Internet security protection to home networking users based on Check Point's enterprise-class and industry standard Stateful Inspection technology.

"Toshiba is setting a new bar by bringing a professional quality firewall to the home user in a versatile Wi-Fi router appliance," said security expert and author, Paul E. Proctor, president of Practical Security Inc. and author of The Secured Enterprise: Protecting Your Information Assets. "The Check Point Stateful Inspection technology is one of the most widely accepted commercial-grade firewall technologies in the market. Now home users will have the same protection large enterprises have enjoyed for years."

The PCX5000 will bear three logos on its packaging to assure Toshiba customers -- MSOs, resellers and consumers -- that the unit meets with stringent standards for compatibility and quality, as established by CableLabs, WECA and Microsoft.

The DOCSIS certification informs Toshiba's customers that the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway meets with CableLabs' specifications and guarantees the modem's interoperability with qualified cable system headends. The WECA certification ensures that Toshiba's gateway is compatible and interoperable under the IEEE 802.11b standard. Microsoft's WHQL stamp gives assurance that the unit is compatible with Microsoft operating systems.

Toshiba NPD says the certifications enable the electronics manufacturer to move more quickly on a general release of its newest cable modem product.

"The certification of the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway by CableLabs, WECA and WHQL means we can now move forward in bringing this exciting product to market," said Fred Berry, vice president, general manager for Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division. "The PCX5000 will have great impact on the cable broadband market by enabling MSOs to offer home-networking services to their broadband subscribers. We believe that this product represents the next generation in home gateways."

Toshiba plans to make the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway available through the retail channel and MSOs in late October 2002.

About Toshiba America Information Systems

Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division is a market leader for cable modem sales in North America. The division markets a range of communications and networking products, including the PCX DOCSIS Cable Modem, which offers the highest performance in cable data modem technology in the industry. Utilizing the same hybrid fiber coax interface as cable television, the DOCSIS modem provides residential and small business users with a faster, more powerful two-way interface to the Internet. Toshiba cable modems are currently sold directly to consumers through e-commerce and nationwide retail outlets, and to multiple system operators (MSOs) including Time-Warner, Cox Communications, Comcast and others. Toshiba Network Products Division is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America Inc., a subsidiary of the $50 billion Toshiba Corp., the eighth largest computer and electronics company in the world. More information can be found on the Web at internet.toshiba.com.
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