Net.com Selects Agere Processor

ALLENTOWN, Pa., and FREMONT, Calif. -- Agere Systems, formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU), and net.com (NYSE: NWK) announced today that they have successfully employed Agere's PayloadPlus™ network processor to increase power and processing performance, from OC-3 to OC-48, in net.com's next-generation, higher-performing, central office-ready SCREAM™ Service Creation Manager platforms for broadband networks. SCREAM is designed to enable service providers to rapidly create and deliver new revenue-generating services while achieving savings in day-to-day operating costs. Agere's PayloadPlus three-chip network processor set will also help deliver SCREAM platforms with the smaller form factor, higher port density, superior scalability and reduced cooling requirements needed to improve cost-efficiency at the carrier's point-of-presence (POP).

"We used network processors because they are less cumbersome and easier to program while offering higher performance than the microprocessors used in most equipment platforms at the edge of the network today," said Hans Kramer, net.com's vice president of product development. "Helping us to achieve cost, space, and performance efficiency with a faster time-to-market, the Agere network processor has an architecture ideally suited to both packet and cell processing. It was also the only network processor with OC-48 segmentation and reassembly (SAR) capabilities," said Kramer.

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