Universal Serial Bus ADSL Modem Chipsets
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2001--
Centillium's Plug-and-Play USB Chipset Solution
Enables Carriers in Japan's Accelerating DSL Market
To Deploy Quickly and Cost Effectively
Centillium Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTLM), innovator of
broadband communications technology, today announced a partnership
with Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) to provide a high-performance
customer premises equipment (CPE) solution to the Japanese market.
SEI, a total solutions provider in broadband networking, will
integrate Centillium's high-performance, Universal Optimizer(TM) USB
chipset solution into its CPE equipment. This USB chipset solution,
which supports both Annex A and C, alleviates global deployment issues
while meeting the explosive demand for DSL in Japan.
"This is a very exciting time for SEI," stated Hideo Takahashi,
vice president of Business Development, Sumitomo Electric U.S.A., Inc.
"Unlike the rest of the world, Japan's existing telephone network uses
TCM-ISDN, and therefore requires special DSL solutions like those
provided by Centillium. We believe our customers will be delighted
with the consumer-deployable offering they will receive with
Centillium's advanced CPE solution. Together, Centillium and SEI will
take the Japanese DSL market to a new level."
Centillium's USB chipset solution demonstrates the company's
continued commitment to satisfying the needs of Japan's unique DSL
market. SEI has chosen Centillium's Universal Optimizer for its
highest throughput performance, and ease-of-use characteristics. The
Universal Optimizer is fully compliant with all industry standards,
including USB v1.1, making the technology fully interoperable.
"Centillium is excited to be working with SEI for this benchmark
technology," stated Dori Braun, vice president of Marketing, access
business unit for Centillium. "We have worked hard to ensure that our
CPE solution is superior to others on the market providing the user
with a cost-effective solution offering plug and play, easy
installation and configuration process. SEI's proven leadership in the
industry will allow for the continued growth and success of DSL
deployment, making DSL a more cost-effective and attractive solution
for not only consumers, but also small businesses."
This partnership reinforces Centillium's leadership and aggressive
approach in Japan's DSL market, which is another step in establishing
a strong international presence. Centillium has been developing
solutions for Japan's DSL market since 1997. By partnering with one of
the most prominent equipment providers in the world, Centillium will
continue to deliver its external USB and external routers to ensure
the Japanese market has a superior option for their networking needs.
About Sumitomo Electric Industries
With offices located around the globe, SEI is recognized as one of
the pioneers in xDSL technology development. With its early entry into
market, the company has been able to accumulate a wealth of technology
and deployment experience. SEI's xDSL products "MegaBit Gear" series,
including both CPE and Central Office equipment, have been widely
adopted by various telecommunications companies in Japan and abroad.
To date SEI has shipped over 100,000 lines worth of xDSL equipment,
thereby earning itself the top spot among Japanese manufacturers.
Additional information is available at www.megabitgear.com.
About Centillium Communications
Centillium Communications, Inc. is combining technical innovation
and customer commitment to make broadband communications a market
reality. Centillium consistently delivers value to its customers by
providing broadband networking systems for applications across all
market segments. The company designs and markets communications
chipset solutions for central office equipment, digital loop carrier
line cards, and customer premise equipment for Digital Subscriber Line
(DSL), premise networking and Voice-Over-Packet. Centillium
Communications, Inc. is located at 47211 Lakeview Blvd., Fremont, CA
94538. Additional information is available at www.Centillium.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Except for historical information contained in this press release,
the foregoing contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those
indicated by such forward-looking statements based on a variety of
risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties
relating to actual quantities and timing of any orders received under
the contract and the successful development and market acceptance of
Centillium's new products. The company assumes no obligation to update
these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances
after the date hereof. Information about potential factors that could
affect Centillium's financial results is included in Centillium's most
recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which can be viewed at the
Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.
Note to Editors: Centillium Communications and the Centillium logo
are trademarks of Centillium Communications.
All other products or service names mentioned herein are the
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