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CONEXANT ZIPWIRE SDSL MODEM DEVICES DEBUT AUTOBAUD TECHNOLOGY.

Conexant Systems Inc's. (NASDAQ:CNXT) AutoBaud technology has debuted in its entire line of ZipWire SDSL modem devices.

Conexant also enhanced the original AutoBaud technology to further optimize the quality of SDSL connections while making it even easier to deploy a wide variety of multi-rate SDSL services.

AutoBaud technology has been implemented as an embedded software algorithm within the device driver for Conexant's ZipWire SDSL chip. The ZipWire chip enables DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) to operate at software-selectable data rates from 144 Kbps to 2320 Kbps, while dynamically allocating voice and data bandwidth as a low-cost T1 alternative.

"Streamlining the installation and service delivery process is critical for DSL network providers in overcoming today's deployment bottlenecks," said Beth Gage, director at TeleChoice Inc. "AutoBaud and other solutions can not only speed deployment, but also help improve the bottom line for the providers by helping to control installation costs."

AutoBaud is designed to significantly enhance the connection set-up process between SDSL customer premises and central-office equipment operating at any one of the dozens of line rates that SDSL technology supports. AutoBaud eliminates the need for time-consuming, manual-line qualification by automatically determining the maximum data rate supported by the line, eliminating much of the manual circuit provisioning now required. Additionally, Conexant has enhanced the original AutoBaud technology to include capabilities such as transport layer and vendor identification to further streamline hardware-independent connection set-up. This opens the door for the production of low-cost, universal SDSL modems, thus simplifying installation and stimulating new demand. As an added advantage, carriers will know why a connection has failed through AutoBaud's advanced diagnostics, thus eliminating the need for many of the truck rolls now required.

"AutoBaud technology takes the biggest benefit of SDSL technology, its selectable multi-rate service capabilities, and makes it very easy for carriers to deploy," said Mark Steenstra, director of SDSL marketing for Conexant's Network Access Division. "AutoBaud also offers auto-host detection and advanced diagnostics, which should greatly reduce costs to both the carriers and their customers. Conexant plans to offer a seamless migration path from the current ZipWire products to our next-generation products that support the forthcoming ITU-based G.shdsl standard, while still maintaining full backwards compatibility."

AutoBaud technology was endorsed in October 1999 by a group of telecommunications companies as the basis for a hardware-independent DSL interoperability platform.

About Conexant Systems

With revenues of approximately $1.5 billion, 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 is located on the Internet at www.conexant.com.

For more information, call 949/483-7413.
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