Susie Reeves Dori Braun
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GVC Becomes Third Major Taiwanese Manufacturer To Base G.Lite Modems on Centillium CopperLite CPE chipset

Centillium's CopperLite fast becoming the industry choice for consumer DSL modems

FREMONT, Calif. November 17, 1998
- Centillium Technology Corporation today announced that GVC, Taiwan's #1 modem manufacturer and #2 motherboard maker, has selected Centillium's CopperLite CPE (customer premises equipment) chipset for it's forthcoming line of low-cost G.Lite DSL (digital subscriber line) modems.

GVC is the third major Taiwanese modem maker to standardize on Centillium's CopperLite CPE chipset. GVC's adoption of Centillium's CopperLite CPE chipset will allow this leading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to rapidly design and deliver low-cost, high-performance DSL modems for the consumer market.

"Three of the largest PC modem suppliers have now chosen the CopperLite CPE chipset for their high-speed digital modem offerings," said Dori Braun, Director of Marketing CPE Products, Centillium Technology. "This is a powerful validation of our overall product approach, which is quickly becoming the chipset of choice for the consumer G.Lite DSL modem market. By providing a complete PCI, USB, and Ethernet turnkey board solution, we allow our customers to quickly enter the market at a very low cost of entry."

"GVC is pleased to be working with Centillium to develop the next-generation of customer premises equipment," says Johnny Chen, General Manager, GVC Communications (Taiwan). "As a world leader in supplying PC manufacturers with analog and digital modems for mass-market applications, GVC is always on the lookout for ways to deliver the highest performance and quality at the lowest cost for our customers, and the ultimate consumer. With the rapidly emerging market for G.Lite modems, Centillium's CopperLite CPE chipset will help us insure we continue to hit our customer's price/performance sweet spot."

Centillium CopperLite Helps GVC Deliver DSL Over USB

Leveraging CopperLites Universal Serial Bus (USB) support, the new GVC G.Lite modem provides users with high-bandwidth Internet access at speeds of 1536kbps downstream and 512kbps upstream over "Plain Old Telephone Service" (POTS) regular copper phone lines. That's up to 27 times faster than conventional 56kbps analog modems.

CopperLite's USB support also means GVC's G.Lite DSL modem delivers plug play and does not require the purchase of a separate Ethernet networking card to enable complete support for DSL connectivity.

The GVC G.Lite DSL features USB and will ship to OEM customers, which include some of the world's largest PC makers, in the first quarter of 1999. GVC's new G.Lite modem will be exhibited by GVC and Centillium at Fall Comdex '98 (GVC Suite at Harrahs Hotel Casino)

Top Three OEMs now Feature Centillium's CopperLite CPE

GVC, with company sales of $1.2 billion, joins a growing roster of major design wins for Centillium Technology Corp., since it introduced its breakthrough CopperLite CPE chipset in October. Among them: CIS Technology and Askey Computer Corp., the #2 and #3 modem manufacturers in Taiwan, respectively.

Together, these Taiwanese manufacturers shipped 30% of modems worldwide in 1997, according to market researcher International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass. These major adoptions by the world's leading modem OEMs underscore Centillium's momentum in establishing its CopperLite technology as the industry choice for both Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and Central Office (CO) DSL solutions.

Industry analysts say most computer makers plan to equip their home and SOHO (small office/home office) with PCs with integrated DSL modems as early as 1999. G.Lite DSL modems powered by Centillium's CopperLite CPE, manufactured and sold by Taiwan's GVC, Askey, and CIS, will provide computer makers with a cost-effective solution for delivering fast, fully integrated Internet connectivity to consumer and SOHO buyers.

OEMs Prefer Centillium's CopperLite CPE

Centillium's CopperLite CPE chipset consists of the integrated CopperLite CT-L10DT01 digital chip and the CopperLite CT-L10AT01 analog chip. OEMs of personal computers and customer premises equipment can use this cost-effective, highly integrated breakthrough chipset as the foundation for developing the next-generation of DSL modems.

OEMs prefer Centillium's CopperLite CPE solution because, unlike competing G.Lite CPE chipset offerings, Centillium's highly integrated CopperLite architecture does not require PC or other external memory, or real-time microprocessor support. This means products based on Centillium's two-chip solution run more efficiently, consume fewer PC resources, easier to manufacture, and ultimately cost OEMs and consumers less than virtually any other digital modem chipset solution today.

Each Centillium CopperLite CPE chipset provides all of the required functionality for high-bandwidth, splitter-less DSL services based on the G.Lite/DMT standard (G.992.2), as defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The CopperLite solution allows scalable traffic rates to be set in 32-kilobit steps, which helps DSL service providers offer multiple price points for their service offerings. The Centillium CopperLite solution also delivers ample processing power to ensure software upgradability and future-proofing over time, virtually 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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