Conexant Supports PCI Express with Video Semiconductor Solutions

2/18/2004 - Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for digital home information and entertainment networks, announced that the company will incorporate support for PCI ExpressTM technology in its video decoder product portfolio.

Advancements, including faster central processing unit speeds, faster memory, and higher-speed graphics and technologies are driving the need for increased internal system bandwidth in personal computers, set-top boxes and other consumer devices. PCI Express technology has been developed by the PCI-SIG®, the special interest group responsible for PCI Express, to address this issue, providing manufacturers with a backward compatible, industry standard solution that emphasizes performance, cost, scalability, feature extensibility and quality of service. PCI Express technology also facilitates the simultaneous receipt and display of high quality visual images from multiple digital and analog broadcast sources.

“Delivering high quality video images to digital home information and entertainment devices requires a robust protocol that supports high resolution, computationally intensive applications,” said Greg Fischer, vice president of Convergence Video Products for Conexant. “We have chosen to support this evolutionary technology because it fulfills this need, and helps to ensure that consumers will experience consistent quality levels for visually demanding information and entertainment applications such as personal video recording, video editing and archiving.”

Conexant’s video and multimedia semiconductor solutions include analog and digital video encoders and decoders, PCI video decoders, MPEG codecs, software and complete reference designs. The company’s products are used in applications ranging from standard and high-definition video to interactive consumer entertainment services delivered through a set-top box, PC, digital video recorder, flat-screen TV or game console.

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 Conexant at

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