Conexant, GlobespanVirata Target Broadband Digital Home with Merger

11/4/2003 - Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXT) and GlobespanVirata, Inc. (Nasdaq: GSPN) announced the signing of a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in a strategic merger. The combined company will possess the world’s most complete and most advanced portfolio of semiconductor solutions targeting the broadband digital home.

“Conexant has been focused exclusively on delivering the technology and products that are driving the digital home, one of the semiconductor industry’s most exciting and highest-growth opportunities,” said Dwight W. Decker, Conexant chairman and chief executive officer. “With the addition of GlobespanVirata’s highly complementary product portfolio, we gain key end-to-end digital subscriber line connectivity with a leading position in central office applications worldwide. We also benefit by adding GlobespanVirata’s leadership position in wireless local area networking, a critical technology for the digital home.

“From a financial perspective, we have the opportunity to capture significant operating efficiencies, and we anticipate that the merger will be accretive within six to nine months from the close of the transaction,” Decker continued. “Together, we will have the scale and scope to make the necessary R&D investments for continued innovation leadership in wired and wireless communications and multimedia applications for the digital home.”

“Combining GlobespanVirata with Conexant allows us to complement our leadership in broadband communications capabilities with leadership in broadband media processing capabilities, including broadcast video encoders and decoders as well as digital set-top box system solutions for cable, satellite, terrestrial data and digital video networks,” said Armando Geday, president and chief executive officer of GlobespanVirata. “I am confident that the new merged company will deliver stronger financial performance and create more value for our shareholders, customers and employees than either company could operating independently.”

“This merger will result in the creation of a new company with the management expertise, talent resources, technology, market positions, and critical mass to succeed in an increasingly competitive industry,” said Matt Rhodes, Conexant’s president.

About the Combined Company
Armando Geday will serve as chief executive officer of the company and Matt Rhodes will be president. Dwight Decker will assume the role of chairman.

The board of directors of the combined company will have 12 members, with Conexant designating seven directors, including Decker, and GlobespanVirata designating Geday and four others.

Based on the market values of the individual companies on October 31, 2003, the merged company would be valued at approximately $2.8 billion, and it would have an annual revenue run-rate of approximately $1.2 billion. The combined company will retain the Conexant name and its stock will continue to trade on the Nasdaq national market under the ticker symbol “CNXT.” The merged company will employ approximately 2,400 people worldwide and will be headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey at GlobespanVirata’s current headquarters.

About the Transaction
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, GlobespanVirata shareholders will receive 1.198 shares of Conexant common stock for each share of GlobespanVirata stock. Based on the fully diluted share counts for the two companies as of market close on Friday, October 31, 2003, current Conexant shareholders will own 62.75 percent and current GlobespanVirata shareholders will own 37.25 percent of the combined company’s shares. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including shareholder and regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of calendar 2004.

About the Digital Home
With always-on broadband connections, the Internet becomes an integral part of everyday life, and the semiconductor products and technology that make the broadband digital home possible allow people to access, share and display information and entertainment on a variety of consumer electronics devices in a seamless fashion.

At the heart of today’s digital home is a network that provides users with broadband Internet access and links devices such as personal computers, printers and game consoles cohesively and transparently, using both wired and wireless technologies. In the near future, information and entertainment networks will connect additional products including personal digital assistants, digital cameras, MP3 players, and other handheld appliances. With the commercialization of new technologies that enable the distribution of high-quality digital video and audio content, broadband digital home networks will expand to include stereos, set-top boxes, televisions, and home security and automation systems.

Note to Editors, Analysts and Investors
The Conexant and GlobespanVirata merger conference call will take place on Monday, November 3, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. EST. To listen to the conference call via telephone, please call (866) 710-0179 (domestic) or 334-323-9854 (international); security code: Conexant. To listen via the Internet, please visit the investor relations section of Conexant’s Web site at Playback of the conference call will be available 30 minutes after the conclusion of the call on Conexant’s Web site at or by calling (800) 858-5309 (domestic) or (334) 323-7226 (international); access code: 40983, pass code: 46324. Callers will need both the access code and pass code to listen to the replay.

About Conexant
Conexant’s innovative semiconductor system solutions are driving digital home information and entertainment networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop leading integrated silicon solutions for cable, satellite, terrestrial data and digital video networks. Key products include digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. The company also offers a suite of wireless data and networking components solutions that includes HomePlug®, HomePNATM and WLAN (802.11) components and reference designs. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company and has approximately 1,400 employees. The company is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, visit us at

About GlobespanVirata
GlobespanVirata is a leading provider of broadband communications solutions for consumer, enterprise, personal computer and service provider markets. GlobespanVirata delivers complete system-level high-speed, cost-effective and flexible DSL and wireless networking chip sets, software and reference designs to leading global manufacturers of broadband access and wireless networking equipment. The company’s products include broadband system-level solutions for modems, routers, residential gateways, and DSLAMs, as well as a wide variety of wireless networking chip sets and reference designs that are enabling a new generation of wireless connectivity in notebooks, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players and other handheld networking appliances. GlobespanVirata applies the industry's longest history in DSL and wireless networking development and deployment to offer unparalleled support to its more than 400 customers in bringing its proven broadband and wireless networking solutions to market. GlobespanVirata is headquartered at 100 Schulz Drive, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 and can be reached at +1-732-345-7500.

Conexant is a trademark of Conexant Systems, Inc. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. and HomePNA is a trademark of the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance. PRISM is a registered trademark and the GlobespanVirata name and logo are trademarks of GlobespanVirata, Inc.

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