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Motorola Multimedia Invests in MCSI; Strategic Partnership Fosters Development of Broadband Technology.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 1996-- Motorola, Inc. - Multimedia Group and Multichannel Communication Sciences Inc. (MCSI) announced today that Motorola has made a minority investment in MCSI to further its efforts in end-to-end broadband technologies.

The companies also entered into an agreement that licenses Motorola to distribute products based on MCSI's broadband television access control technology in conjunction with the Multimedia Group's CableComm system product line.

MCSI, San Diego, is the developer of a new technology called ``broadband descrambling,'' which is based on innovative digital signal processing techniques that provide a cost-effective method for simultaneously descrambling multiple scrambled television channels at the subscriber location. This ``simultaneously in the clear'' service allows subscribers full-feature use of their televisions and VCRs, including picture-in-picture, watching one channel while recording another, and the remote controls purchased with their sets. Another advantage is that one broadband descrambling device can provide ``simultaneously clear'' service to all outlets within the home.

An important aspect of the technology is that it provides both video and audio scrambling as required by the newly enacted Telecommunications Act. And, unlike existing signal jamming techniques, MCSI's technology secures the video signal from the head-end to the subscriber's home.

``We are impressed with the consumer-friendly aspects of the broadband descrambling system and believe that it will be synergistic with our fully integrated cable-based products,'' said James M. Phillips, corporate vice president, Motorola Inc. ``Our investment in MCSI is one of several investments made by Motorola in order to nurture technologies that best serve the needs of our customers who operate broadband networks,'' he said.

MCSI's president, Dr. Ron D. Katznelson, said, ``We are excited about the strategic fit between Motorola's CableComm product line and the whole-house deployment feature of our broadband descrambling technology. As a world leader in communications, Motorola is most suited to provide products based on our technology.''

MCSI is a privately-held, San Diego, Calif.-based telecommunications technology company specializing in the development of digital signal processing techniques for broadband video access control systems and for fiber optic transmission of multichannel television signals.

Motorola has designed the CableComm product family to provide unsurpassed system reliability, superior band-width management, upstream noise abatement, complete encryption, uninterruptible power down the line, low-cost deployment and operation, and many other features that are quickly gaining widespread industry acceptance.

Motorola's Multimedia Group, a unit of the Messaging, Information, & Media Sector, develops, manufactures and markets systems for the convergence of voice, video and data communications over advanced multimedia platforms.

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications and electronic equipment, systems, components and services for worldwide markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers, personal communications systems, cellular telephones and systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronics, computers, data communications and information processing and handling equipment. Sales in 1995 were $27 billion.

CONTACT: Multichannel Communication Sciences, Inc.

Ron D. Katznelson, 619/587-6777


Motorola Inc. Multimedia Group,

Douglas M. Robertson, 847/632-6634


Phillips + Associates, Inc.

Scott Phillips, 312/943-8858
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