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Pace Announces New Version of its IP-Based Digital Home Gateway; DSL4000 Comes With More Memory for Increased Program Channels and a Richer Customer Experience.

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BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2001

Pace Micro Technology Americas, the world's largest dedicated developer of digital home gateway technology, announced today the availability of a more powerful 32MB RAM version of its IP-based (Internet Protocol) DSL4000 home gateway. The new version allows telecom service providers to improve the customer experience by delivering more program channels covering a greater time period.

"With the increase in memory, service providers can offer unrivalled information to their customers," said Andrew Clifforth, managing director of Pace's IPTV Division. "Pace is cognizant of the ever increasing number of TV channels available, and the new product demonstrates Pace's ability to meet the growing needs of our customers to offer consumers a richer interactive TV experience."

The 32MB version of Pace's DSL4000 includes a highly efficient coding scheme that compresses data to minimize memory usage. Pace's advanced coding scheme, coupled with the extra memory in this new version, allows service providers to improve the overall customer experience in the following ways:
-- Provide a richer IPG (Interactive Program Guide) that offers more
information about each entertainment event.

-- Improve the graphical richness of the IPG (i.e., high-resolution graphics,
etc.).

-- Double the number of available channels over a greater time period (over a
week's viewing).


Pace's DSL4000 32MB RAM version is available today and can be purchased directly through Pace or through Pace's Partner Program. For more information, call 561/995-6000 or visit http://www.pacemicro.com.

About the DSL4000

The DSL4000 set-top box features video on demand, broadcast TV and broadcast PPV (Pay-Per-View)/subscription TV, and an integrated "TV-friendly" Web browser. A standards-based system, the DSL4000 connects to any IP network that represents an Ethernet interface, offering a wide variety of industry standard video encoder and video server platforms. Other features of the DSL4000 include video scaling and positioning (picture in Web page capability); increased control of video functions using Javascript and RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol); and the ability to minimize network management costs by multicasting software downloads to any or all set-top-boxes in a deployment.

About Pace Micro Technology

Pace Micro Technology plc is a pioneer of digital technology for the home and has helped build the global market for pay television services. Using this expertise, Pace is evolving the set-top box into a sophisticated home gateway to enable revenue-generating services for TV and the networked home. In this networked home, the Pace home gateway is the portal for entertainment and interactive communications around the home and with the outside world.

Pace analog and digital technology has been installed in over 13 million homes worldwide since it was founded in 1982. The company is now actively involved in all digital platforms - satellite, terrestrial, cable, wireless and xDSL - through relationships with broadcasters, network operators and technology partners in the UK, USA, Europe, Latin America, Australasia and the Far East. These achievements were made possible through the commitment of Pace's 1,300 strong workforce, over a third of whom are research and development engineers, dedicated to the development of digital technology for the home and small and home office markets.

Pace's head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in Bracknell, Cambridge, the USA and Hong Kong. The company's shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (PIC). Pace's U.S. operations are based in Boca Raton, Fla. For further information, please visit Pace's web site at http://www.pacemicro.com.
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