Freebox Selects IDT Processors for ADSL-Based Multimedia Systems

2/25/2003 - Demonstrating the continued momentum behind the IDTTM InterpriseTM family of integrated communications processors, IDT (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications IC company, announced that Freebox, a France-based innovator of set-top systems has selected IDT InterpriseTM processors to power its new multi-service customer premises equipment (CPE) boxes. Based on the devices’ performance and functionality, Freebox chose the IDT RC32351 and RC32355 integrated communications processors for their new CPE boxes, including those enabling conventional data-based Internet access, as well as variants that enable video, voice and data services. These boxes are initially being deployed in Paris, France by Free, the country’s second largest Internet services provider (ISP) with plans to broaden the availability of this service to other areas of France in the coming years. In addition to the adoption of the IDT InterpriseTM processors, Freebox leveraged the IDT 79RP351 ADSL reference design, a jointly developed solution from IDT and ST Microelectronics (formerly Alcatel Microelectronics), to capitalize on a time to market advantage for their products.

Unlike competitive offerings, the IDT solutions deliver an unprecedented combination of integration and performance to enable the Freebox CPE boxes to support data services such as Internet access for PCs as well as video on demand (VoD) and voice services, making it one of the first true ADSL-based multimedia systems. This unique capability allowed Freebox to create products that deliver unlimited Internet access with a maximum capacity of 1 Mbps, television transmission and voice telephony for its customer base.

“Because our next-generation CPE box includes more functionality than competitive data-only ADSL products, we required a device that offered the right balance of a high-performance CPU core, a range of on-chip interfaces and the integration of peripherals. The IDT InterpriseTM RC32351 and RC32355 integrated communications processors met these needs perfectly,” said Sebastien Boutruche, research and development manager, Freebox. “Further, the IDT 79RP351 ADSL reference design provided a comprehensive solution that accelerated the Freebox product development cycle and enabled us to bring our product to market faster.”

“The emergence of new standards, volatile market conditions and the need to increase services to support the gateway market are increasingly driving systems designers to look at highly integrated, high-performance processors, such as the widely adopted InterpriseTM RC32355 and RC32351 processor solutions,” said Matt Jones, marketing manager for the IDT Internetworking Products Division. “The Freebox CPE solutions are great illustrations of the level of integration and capabilities the InterpriseTM family can deliver for cutting-edge gateway platforms and other innovative next-generation solutions. IDT plans to continue to build the InterpriseTM family with additional devices to provide performance and system flexibility for next-generation communications applications.”

IDT InterpriseTM Family of Integrated Communications Processors
The IDT InterpriseTM family of integrated communications processors includes a range of devices optimized for the highest-growth communication market segments such as Enterprise and residential gateways, desktop/workgroup switches and wireless access points. IDT is the leading provider of integrated communications processors for Layer-2 Ethernet switches and delivers an unprecedented combination of performance, flexibility and integration. The IDT portfolio includes the RC32355 and RC32351 processors in the InterpriseTM Access family and the RC32438, RC32334, RC32333 and RC32332 devices within the InterpriseTM PCI family. IDT also offers a range of software tools that reduce development cycles and partners with other industry leaders to provide comprehensive solutions for embedded applications.

About IDT
IDT enhances the global network with semiconductor solutions for communications companies that lead innovation and drive convergence in voice, data and wireless networks. IDT is focused on enhancing system bandwidth with communications-specific products including network search engines, content inspection engines and the InterpriseTM family of integrated communications processors. The portfolio is also comprised of products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, FIFOs, multi-ports, and clock management products. In addition, the product mix includes high-performance digital logic and high-speed SRAMs to meet the requirements of leading communications companies.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company employs approximately 3,200 people worldwide and has a wafer manufacturing facility in Oregon, and test and assembly facilities in the Philippines and Malaysia. IDT stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” The company is included in the S&P 1000, which is a combination of the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices. Additional information about IDT is easily accessible at The investor hotline is (408) 654-6420.

IDT and Interprise are trademarks and the IDT logo is a registered trademark of Integrated Device Technology, Inc.

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