Centillium Unveils DSL Chip

Centillium Communications sets ADSL performance milestone, delivers data rates exceeding 20 Mbit/s with advanced chipset

February 13, 2003

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FREMONT, Calif. -- Centillium Communications, Inc., innovator of broadband technology (Nasdaq:CTLM), introduces the Palladia(TM) 210 (P210) chipset for ADSL customer premises equipment (CPE). The chipset brings increased performance, cost-effectiveness, and reduced power consumption to the company's Palladia product line. The new chipset builds upon Centillium's successful eXtremeDSL(TM) technology to double the frequency spectrum according to the new ADSL+ standard. The P210 offers data rates exceeding 20Mbps, making it the fastest ADSL CPE chipset available in the market today. This makes the P210 ideal for ADSL modems supporting next generation services that offer greatly increased data rates to subscribers. The ability to offer such services allows service providers to maintain their edge in a competitive broadband market, and to command a premium that will help boost their bottom lines. The P210 is built using advanced 0.13-micron technology, and consumes 50 percent less power than Centillium's previous generation solution, the P200. This significantly simplifies the power supply section of the modem. Additionally, the P210 will pair up with Centillium's next generation Analog Front End -- line driver chip, which is designed to integrate increased levels of board functionality. These combined factors considerably lower the external component count and reduce the complexity of the modem design. With the use of advanced process technology, the P210 delivers a significant increase in processing power over its predecessor. This additional power helps to support advanced system level features such as Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that are becoming essential in the competitive and feature-rich ADSL router market. The P210 contains a new MIPS(R) 4Kc(TM) core with a Memory Management Unit (MMU). This will allow the use of real time operating systems such as Linux. Linux is an open source operating system for which numerous royalty free application stacks are available, further reducing the cost to customer premise equipment (CPE) manufacturers. "Centillium Communications is the recognized technology leader in the ADSL space," said Todd DeBonis, Centillium Communications' Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "This requires having a vision for what the market requirements will be further down the road and executing to it. With our eXtremeDSL technology, we were the first to deploy a solution supporting 12Mbps ADSL service, which is currently the fastest ADSL service deployed in the world. Once again, we are first to market with a solution that will allow service providers to make the next quantum leap in ADSL service speeds while, simultaneously, accommodating the desire of CPE manufacturers for a highly optimized system solution from the standpoints of power and cost." Centillium Communications Inc.

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