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(650) 577-0688 Director of Marketing, Network Products
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PR Division, NEC Corporation
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Leading Taiwanese Modem Maker Announces G.Lite DSL Modem With PCI Interface to Target High-Volume Consumer PC Market

FREMONT, Calif. - November 17, 1998
- Centillium Technology Corporation, a leading innovator in the emerging market for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chipset solutions, today announced that its new CopperLite chipset for customer premises equipment (CPE) has been selected by CIS Technology, Inc., for their new G.Lite DSL modem. The CopperLite-based modem provides end users with high-bandwidth access to the Internet at speeds of 1536 kilobits per second (Kbps) downstream and 512 Kbps upstream over regular copper phone lines.

The new modem, which will be jointly exhibited by Centillium and CIS Technology at Fall Comdex98 (Booth L6862 Convention Center, North Hall), will begin shipping to OEM customers in the first quarter of 1999. Based on the Centillium CopperLite chipset, the modem features a PCI interface and meets the newly determined G.992.2 standard for consumer-oriented DSL. It provides large personal computer manufacturers with a cost-effective solution for adding value to their PC products with built-in G.Lite modems designed for mass markets.

CIS Technology is the second major manufacturer of PC modems to select the CopperLite solution. It joins a growing list of central office (CO) and CPE customers that include Askey Computer Corporation and NEC Corporation. CIS Technology, which primarily supplies PC OEMs, also markets many of its OEM products under the name Wisecom. As an ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified manufacturer, it is able to meet the rigid standards and special needs of top system integrators and brand name distributors.

"We are extremely pleased that CIS Technology, one of the leading PC modem manufacturers, has chosen the CopperLite CPE chipset for its high-speed digital modem offerings," said Dori Braun, Director of Marketing CPE Products, Centillium Technology. "We understand that exacting customers, such as CIS Technology, want to see actual working solutions, not just promises and projections. Our turnkey solutions have allowed CIS Technology, and other manufacturers, to meet critical time-to-market deadlines and align with shrinking R&D budgets. For example, we have already delivered working G.Lite silicon at InterOp98, and CIS Technology is demonstrating the PCI plug-and-play modem card at Comdex in November 1998."

CopperLite CPE Solution

The CopperLite CPE chipset solution consists of the CopperLite CT-L10DT01 Digital chip and CopperLite CT-L10AT01 Analog chip. OEMs of personal computers and customer premises equipment can use these cost-effective, highly integrated chipsets as the foundation for developing digital modems. Unlike other G.Lite CPE chipset solutions, the highly integrated CopperLite architecture does not require external memory or real-time microprocessor intervention. As a result, overall personal computer system performance is completely unaffected by the addition of a CopperLite-base modem.

Each CopperLite CPE chipset provides all of the required functionality for high-bandwidth, splitterless DSL services based on the G.Lite/DMT standard (G.992.2) recently defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The CopperLite solution allows scalable traffic rates to be set in 32-Kbit steps, which helps DSL service providers offer multiple price points for their services. The CopperLite solution also delivers ample processing power to ensure software upgradability and future proofing over time, eliminating the need for costly hardware upgrades.

About Centillium

Founded in April 1997, Centillium Technology is the world's leading innovator in the emerging market for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chipset solutions. Centillium Technology Centillium is a fabless semiconductor company developing G.Lite-compliant DSL solutions for manufacturers of telecommunications equipment. Centillium's CopperLite Central Office (CO) and Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) chipset family is the industry's first end-to-end DSL solution specifically designed for mass consumer markets. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Centillium has raised over $20 million from several leading investment firms as well as corporate investors. Additional information on Centillium is available at


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Centillium Contact:
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Director of Marketing, Network Products
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PR Division, NEC Corporation
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FREMONT, Calif. -- October 19, 1998 -- Centillium Technology Corporation, a leading innovator in the emerging market for DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) chip set solutions, announced today it has signed a four-year agreement to become the DSL chip set supplier to NEC Corporation. The Japanese giant, currently a leading vendor of telecommunications equipment in Japan, will integrate Centillium’s CopperLiteTMchip set into a family of DSL access multiplexer customized for telecommunications companies worldwide. Scheduled to ship later this year, NEC’s products will leverage Centillium’s DSL chip set to enable high-speed data communications services including fast, affordable Internet access over traditional copper telephone lines.

Before selecting its DSL chip set supplier for the worldwide marketplace, NEC examined its options closely.

"We evaluated a range of DSL chip solutions from several companies," said Mr. Inoue, Assistant General Manager of Data Communications Division of NEC. "Centillium’s CopperLite chip set emerged as the clear choice because it provides four key advantages: It is easy to deploy; has very low power requirements; enables high-density solutions so telcos can maximize limited rack space in their central office, and, finally, CopperLite will be fully compliant with the G.Lite/DMT standard currently being defined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)."

"We were also very impressed with the company behind the product" Mr. Inoue continued. "Centillium has assembled world-class engineering talent and has made a strong, long-term commitment to DSL innovation and quality. This agreement enables us to leverage Centillium’s DSL talent and commitment, which will be key components in NEC’s overall strategy to provide leading-edge DSL solutions for major telcos worldwide."

The agreement provides Centillium with an opportunity to ship its CopperLite chip set in large volume as NEC moves to penetrate the DSL market, which is expected to experience rapid market growth beginning in early 1999. The market for DSL chip sets is projected to increase with triple-digit growth to reach $700 million in revenues by the year 2000 (source: In-Stat).

Like other DSL access multiplexers, NEC’s DSLAM products will offer telcos the benefits of DSL combined with an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) backbone. In NEC’S DSLAM solution, DSL will enable high-speed data communications over copper lines at consumer prices, while ATM delivers ultra-fast data networking when necessary. With flexibility of Centillium’s CopperLite chipset, NEC will also be able to support varieties of local loop environment in many countries. Centillium’s CopperLite chip set makes it possible for NEC to implement competitive low power and high port density ADSL products. NEC’s G.Lite products using Centillium’s CopperLite chip set are expected to be released in the first half of 1999.

"Being selected by a major global player such as NEC Corporation, especially one so dedicated to quality, is a powerful validation for Centillium," said A. Travis White, President and CEO of Centillium. "NEC recognized the deep, long-term commitment that Centillium has made to DSL and they found that compelling. For example, NEC examined closely our digital signal processor (DSP), which lies at the heart of our CopperLite solution. NEC saw that while other DSL chip vendors are essentially recycling their general-purpose DSPs for DSL, Centillium stands alone in developing, from the ground up, a DSP 100-percent customized for DSL."

Another key advantage of Centillium is that we have assembled under one roof all the necessary engineering disciplines to be a long term competitive and reliable DSL vendor. "We wanted to be able to provide our customers with the best solution in the market place and you simply can not do that by getting your DSP from one place and analog front end from another place and just patching them together," said Mr. White.

Working Closely To Develop System-Level Products

As part of the agreement announced today, NEC Corporation and Centillium have initiated a parallel development effort involving daily contact between the two companies’ engineering teams. This unique approach has created a product-development partnership that goes beyond a traditional customer/supplier relationship.

"This represents, in my view, a new and more effective approach to building customer relationships in the chip industry, " said Mr. White. "Everyone talks about partnerships, but here at Centillium we specifically structured our organization to reflect the needs of our customers. We hired engineers with extensive experience developing system-level products and organized them into application engineering teams. Their task is to understand and solve, on a daily basis, the multifaceted challenges faced by our customers’ engineering teams."

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) pioneered the concept of C&C, the integration of Computers and Communications, and is the only company in the world to be counted among top ranking corporations spanning the wide range of fields essential for this vision of multimedia: computers, communications and electronic devices. Employing in excess of 150,000 people around the world, NEC saw net sales in fiscal year 1997-98 amount to 4,901 billion yen (approx. US$37 billion). For further information visit our home page at:

About Centillium

Founded in April 1997, Centillium Technology is a fabless semiconductor company developing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) solutions for manufacturers of telecommunications equipment. Centillium’s family of DSL products are fully compliant with the G.Lite/DMT standard currently being defined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The company was co-founded by Faraj Aalaei, Shahin Hedayat, Babu Mandava, Tony O’Toole and Kamran Elahian, one of the best known figures in Silicon Valley. Mr. Elahian has co-founded two highly successful semiconductor companies, Neomagic and Cirrus Logic, as well as numerous other ventures.

Centillium has raised over $20 million from several leading investment firms, including U.S. Venture Partners, Walden International Ventures, Vertex Ventures, Korea Technology Banking, and VentureStar, as well corporate investors including Askey Computer, Sumitomo Electric Industries, GVC, and ZyXEL Communications.

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