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Voicepump Selects Agere Systems' SLIC Chips for Use on Reference Designs for Integrated Access Devices

Jun 1, 2001

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR.A) today announced that VoicePump, Inc., has chosen its subscriber line interface circuit (SLIC) communications chips for use on a new Voice over Digital Subscriber Line (VoDSL) integrated access device (IAD) reference design. The reference design is targeted for use in small office/home office VoDSL and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) IADs and other types of Voice over Broadband customer premises equipment.

VoicePump, a wholly owned subsidiary of DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), currently uses Agere's 5 volt L8560 SLIC chip for existing reference designs and is evaluating Agere's smaller and lower-power 3.3 volt L9214, L9215, and L9216 SLIC chips for next-generation IAD and voice gateway reference designs. Agere's low-voltage SLICs, together with VoicePump's 3.3 volt VP140 packet voice processor, help reduce power consumption, external component count, and cost.

"Agere's SLIC chips are very low-power devices that still meet the price target of the most cost-sensitive customer premises equipment manufacturers," said Cole Erskine, chief technical officer with VoicePump. "Agere's micro lead chip carrier packaging, in conjunction with VoicePump's integrated sigma-delta modulation converters and analog front-end, greatly reduce overall board space requirements."

Agere's L8560 chip resides on the reference board with VoicePump's VP140, which is a complete voiceband processing solution for IADs supporting four derived voice lines. Agere's SLIC chips provide the interface between the VoicePump VP140's analog front end and a telephone user's existing, standard telephone set. The VoDSL reference design also incorporates NEC Corporation's mPD98501 Network Controller, a 100 Megahertz device with Asynchronous Transfer Mode Segmentation and Reassembly, Universal Serial Bus, and two ports of 10/100 Ethernet. VoicePump will display the reference design at the SuperComm 2001 event in Atlanta, Ga., June 3-7 in booth 9041.

"By integrating Agere's SLIC chips in VoicePump's reference design, we are creating a higher performance, more economical solution for integrated access device manufacturers," said Tom Marihart, strategic marketing manager with Agere Systems.

Agere's standard L9214, L9215, and L9216 are priced in the range of $3.00 in quantities of 100,000. VoicePump's VP140, complete with embedded DSP firmware for VoDSL applications, is available for $15 in quantities of 10,000.

Agere Systems Inc., formerly the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies, is the world leader in semiconductors for communications applications. Lucent has announced it intends to spin off Agere Systems as an independent company. Agere Systems offers integrated optoelectronics and integrated circuits solutions to help customers reduce the time and expense of developing new communications equipment. It also provides wireless computer networking solutions through its ORiNOCO? * product line. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at

VoicePump, Inc., specializes in speech coding and telecom algorithms for VoIP, VoDSL, and other voice-over-packet applications developed for voice gateway and customer-premises-equipment manufacturers and broadband network providers. VoicePump was founded in 1993 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of DSP Group, Inc., in 2001. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has offices in Schaumburg, IL and Israel. Visit VoicePump on the Web at

DSP Group, Inc., is a global leader in the development and marketing of high-performance, cost-effective, licensable digital signal processing (DSP) cores. The company's family of DSP cores provides ideal solutions for low-power, cost-effective applications such as cellular, broadband communications, VoIP, multimedia, advanced telecommunications systems, disk-drive controllers, and many other controller applications. By combining its DSP core technologies with its proprietary, advanced speech-processing algorithms, DSP Group also delivers a wide range of enabling, application-specific integrated circuits (ICs) for full-featured, integrated-telephony products and applications, including 900 megahertz and 2.4 gigahertz wireless technologies. DSP Group maintains an international presence with offices located around the globe. More information about DSP Group is available from its Web site at

ORiNOCO is a trademark of Lucent Technologies

Agere Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements based on information available to Agere as of the date hereof. Agere's actual results could differ materially from those results stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, completion of the distribution of Agere stock by Lucent Technologies Inc., price and product competition, keeping pace with technological change, dependence on new product development, reliance on major customers and suppliers, customer demand for our products and services, availability of manufacturing capacity, components and materials, control of costs and expenses, general industry and market conditions and growth rates and general domestic and international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see the prospectus filed by Agere with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2001. Agere disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

DSP Group Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this release concerning the visibility and future growth of DSP Group's business and the introduction, timing of releases and success of the products mentioned herein may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties such as acceptance of DSP Group's and VoicePump's new products by existing OEM customers and potential customers, DSP Group's ability to integrate the operations of VoicePump, and VoicePump's ability to develop and produce its new products at competitive costs. All forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These factors and other factors which may effect future operating results or our stock price are discussed under "RISK FACTORS" in our report on form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2001, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is also available on our Web site ( under Investor Relations.