IPricot Selects PMC-Sierra MIPS ExposedPad for Satellite IP Routers

10/29/2003 - PMC-Sierra(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) announced IPricot, a manufacturer of broadband communication equipment over satellite, has selected its 64-bit MIPS-based(TM) family of ExposedPad(TM) packaged microprocessors for IPricot's next generation family of satellite IP routers. IPricot's satellite routers are designed to deliver broadband services to large corporations, network operators and integrators, and Internet Service and Content Providers. By utilizing PMC-Sierra's ExposedPad packaged microprocessors, IPricot can build one platform that can be deployed for multiple products and next generation digital TV communications products thereby reducing board and software re-development costs.

"By integrating PMC-Sierra's innovative ExposedPad package microprocessors into our satellite IP routers solutions, we are providing one common footprint for a large scale of CPU performances," said Yves Le Henaff, chief science officer at IPricot. "The ability to build one platform for multiple products will offer maximum flexibility, save in design costs and accelerate our products to market."

"PMC-Sierra's 64-bit MIPS-based microprocessors deliver unprecedented scalability to IPricot's digital communication products by providing seamless pin-compatible upgrades in performance and the ability to add more features such as L2 cache in the same footprint," said Tom Riordan, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Microprocessor Products Division. "With speeds available from 250MHz to 900MHz, our customers can select the current performance level required and be assured they can increase their performance for future upgrades without incurring board and software design costs."

Building One Platform for Multiple Products Reduces Design Costs
PMC-Sierra's RM5231A(TM) MIPS-based microprocessor is designed into IPricot's IPR-Sc and IPR-S500 satellite IP DVB router receivers. As an early adopter of PMC-Sierra's seamless scalability solution, IPricot has also selected the cost-effective RM5261A(TM) ExposedPadpackage, available in speeds up to 400MHz, for their low end products designed to meet the needs of enterprise, agency, kiosk or SOHO markets that require basic type applications such as Internet access, file transfer, push and multimedia functions. IPricot is using the same platform with the higher performance RM7965(TM) microprocessor, available in the same footprint and in speeds up to 900MHz, to meet the increased processing requirements for their higher end products, which are suited for backbone connectivity, video distribution and network monitoring.

PMC-Sierra's Comprehensive Family of Scalable 64-bit MIPS-based Microprocessors
The MIPS(R) architecture has become one of the most widely licensed, open industry standard architecture in the communications networking, printer and advanced electronic consumer markets. PMC-Sierra's MIPS-based microprocessor products are used in a broad range of applications such as enterprise routers and switches, media gateways, storage systems, printers, and advanced electronic consumer products. For more information, visit www.pmc-sierra.com/processors.

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high speed broadband communications and storage semiconductors and MIPS-based microprocessors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.pmc-sierra.com.

About IPricot
IPricot is a world-leading manufacturer of broadband communication equipment over satellite. Designed for enterprises that need to receive high quality streams of information, IPricot's family of satellite IP routers optimize the delivery of data to end users in a customized manner, improving productivity by optimizing satellite streams and sustaining higher data rates, while significantly reducing operating costs through ease of installation, reliability and remote manageability. IPricot provides to large corporations, ISPs, network operators & integrators, VARs, Internet Service & content Providers, and their clients, access to a whole new world of High-Speed applications: Fast Internet, IP Multicasting, File Transfer, Streaming Audio / Video, Distance Learning and many more. IPricot has international power with its European headquarters in Paris, France, and North American office in Kirkland, Canada. To find out more about IPricot, browse www.IPricot.com.

PMC-Sierra, PMC, PMCS, RM5231A, RM5261A, RM7965 and "Thinking you can build on" are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc.

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