Conexant Achieves Milestone with Shipment of 20 Millionth Direct Broadcast Satellite Front-End Chipset

1/29/2003 - Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, announced it has achieved a milestone with the shipment of its 20 millionth direct broadcast satellite (DBS) front-end chipset. These chipsets are used in set-top boxes (STBs) worldwide, and support a wide variety of applications in DVB/DSS set-top and PC receivers, personal video recorders and residential gateways. The company also announced that Jeffrey Crosby has joined Conexant as vice president of marketing for set-top box products. Previously, he served as senior vice president of DIRECTV, Inc., the nation’s leading digital satellite television service provider.

“The shipment of our 20 millionth DBS front-end chipset is yet another example of the market demand for Conexant’s satellite set-top box semiconductor solutions,” said Matt Rhodes, president of Conexant’s Broadband Communications Segment. “Jeff’s solid business and technical industry experience in both front- and back-end solutions will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our product portfolio, and deliver complete STB systems to service providers worldwide. I am confident that under Jeff’s direction we will further solidify our position as the industry’s premier provider of satellite set-top box components and system solutions.”

Prior to joining DIRECTV in 1993, Crosby worked at Hughes Space and Communications. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from the University of Idaho and his master of business administration degree (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Crosby has been granted five patents for direct broadcast satellite-related technologies, and is also the author of several papers on space communications technology and industrial controls.

Conexant offers a comprehensive suite of digital STB components and system solutions for worldwide satellite, terrestrial and cable entertainment broadcasting networks. Supplementing its STB product offering, the company also supports a number of proprietary software solutions, and the new multimedia home platform (MHP).

About Conexant
Conexant Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, leverages its expertise in mixed-signal processing to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products through two separate businesses. The Broadband Communications business develops and delivers integrated solutions that enable digital entertainment and information networks for the home and small office. Mindspeed Technologies?, the company’s Internet infrastructure business, designs, develops and sells a complete portfolio of semiconductor networking solutions that facilitate the aggregation, transmission and switching of data, video and voice from the edge of the Internet to linked metropolitan area networks. Conexant is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, visit us at or

Conexant and Mindspeed are trademarks of Conexant Systems, Inc.

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