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Conexant Teams with Eldon to Provide Digital Television Adaptor Design Platform; New Platform Targeted for U.K. Free-to-Air Applications.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 2003

Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, today announced that it has teamed with Eldon Technology Limited, a European electronics design firm and a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Communications Corp., to deliver a complete terrestrial digital video broadcast (DVB-T) design platform for Freeview digital television converters.

Freeview is a free digital television service that provides up to 30 TV and radio channels, as well as various interactive services in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The reference platform is based on Conexant integrated circuits and Eldon's Elgist software suite. A key feature of the software is an industry standard MHEG 5 (Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Group) engine that enables interactive television applications.

"We're pleased to work with a recognized design powerhouse such as Eldon to deliver cost-effective, high-performance solutions that support the growth of terrestrial digital television in the U.K.," said Jeffrey Crosby, vice president of Conexant's Set-top Box Products business. "The comprehensive hardware and software integration of this new platform can dramatically speed time-to-market for consumer electronics manufacturers, while providing them with the flexibility to support a wide range of basic and interactive features in a very compact device."

"The combination of Conexant's powerful, yet space-saving chipsets and our software enables us to offer the highest performing, most fully engineered design solution available to OEMs today," said Ian Sharp, commercial director for Eldon. "Consumers will benefit from a number of features including an enhanced user interface for rapid navigation of channel guide, shorter load times for interactive applications, and faster display times for pictures and complex graphics. Equally important, manufacturers will be able to deliver this functionality in a very small, unobtrusive form factor."

The new platform includes Conexant's CX22490 interactive set-top box (STB) decoder and CX22702 DVB-T demodulator integrated circuits. The CX22490 is designed for STBs on interactive multi-channel television networks that require both advanced performance and low cost. The CX22702 is a highly integrated digital television demodulator/forward error correction solution for terrestrial DVB-T systems.

Elgist is an innovative and practical suite of software for use in integrated digital televisions (iDTVs), set-top boxes and digital television adaptors using various platforms. Elgist comprises a number of modules that can function with cross-platform applications, including common interface applications such as an electronic program guide and MHEG 5 applications, which enable other MHEG 5 applications to be accessed and downloaded.

About Conexant

Conexant Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, leverages its expertise in mixed-signal processing to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products through two separate businesses.

The Broadband Communications business develops and delivers integrated semiconductor solutions that enable digital entertainment and information networks for the home and small office. Its product portfolio includes the building blocks required for bridging cable, satellite, and terrestrial data and digital video networks.

Mindspeed Technologies(TM), the company's Internet infrastructure business, designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide area networks. Conexant is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, visit us at or

About Eldon Technology Limited

Eldon Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Communications Corp., provides electronic design services in the areas of consumer electronics products such as analogue and digital televisions, analogue and digital satellite receivers and set-top boxes as well as application specific computer monitors and other non consumer items. Additional information can be found at

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This news release contains statements relating to future results of Conexant (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the markets addressed by the company's and its customers' products; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; the timing of new product introductions; the availability of manufacturing capacity; pricing pressures and other competitive factors; changes in product mix; product obsolescence; the ability to develop and implement new technologies and to obtain protection for the related intellectual property; the successful implementation of the company's expense reduction and restructuring initiatives; the successful separation of the company's Broadband Communications and Mindspeed Technologies(TM) businesses; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; and the uncertainties of litigation, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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