Conexant Enables New DSG Set-top Box for U.S. Cable Market

6/21/2004 - Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT), the worldwide leader in semiconductor solutions for broadband communications, enterprise networks and the digital home, announced that the company’s CX24432 interactive cable system has been incorporated in Pace Micro Technology’s new DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG)-enabled set-top box (STB). Pace is demonstrating the new solution, which is the first of its kind targeted at North American multi-service operators (MSOs) using Motorola’s DigiCipher II conditional access, in their booth at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2004 in Orlando, Fla.

“We are pleased that Pace has incorporated our highly integrated interactive cable chipset solution for their industry-first DSG set-top box launch into the North American market,” said Jeff Crosby, vice president of Set-top Box Products for Conexant. “The highly integrated and cost-effective CX24432 was designed to meet both the technical and business requirements of manufacturers and service providers looking to deliver digital video and data services over cable.”

The single-chip CX24432 includes an integrated DOCSIS-compliant cable modem, dual QAM demodulators, and an MPEG-2 video set-top box backend. The CX24432’s two high-performance, independent subsystems – one for cable-modem functionality and the other for STB broadcast service decoding tasks – provide operators with a high level of flexibility and performance. The programmable transport stream demultiplexing architecture easily adapts to new multiplex requirements, and the programmable software MAC accommodates new cable-modem standards and feature sets by downloading updates. Its unique dual-processor architecture provides ample power for hosting the operating system, interactive middleware and interactive TV applications, while simultaneously running broadband router applications and delivering unprecedented cable-modem packet performance in full support of industry standards.

About Pace Micro Technology
Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leader in digital television technology. The Company`s primary focus is the development of innovative home gateway (set-top box) solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide. Pace`s head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in Bracknell, the USA, France and Hong Kong. For further information, please visit Pace`s web site at

About Conexant
Conexant’s innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications, enterprise networks and digital home 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 highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.

Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant’s suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11a/b/g-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug® and HomePNATM. The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines.

Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company with annual run-rate revenues of $1.2 billion. The company has approximately 2,400 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Red Bank, N.J. To learn more, please visit us at

Conexant is a trademark of Conexant Systems, Inc.

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