World's Leading Supplier of DSL Equipment Enhances Its North American Litespan Platform - Alcatel Selects Infineon's Geminax Chipset for Integrated ADSL/POTS Services

May 29, 2002 | Market News

Munich, Germany and San Jose, Calif. – May 29, 2002 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX), a leading provider of integrated circuits for advanced communications systems, today announced that Alcatel has selected Infineon’s GEMINAX™ (Global Enhanced Multiport Integrated ADSL Transceiver) chipset as one of the solutions for its North American Litespan® next generation network digital loop carrier (NGN DLC) multi-service broadband access platform. The integrated voice and data chipset enables design of very high-density and cost effective linecard for lifeline voice and DSL based data services.

The Geminax chip is designed into the new Litespan 24-channel linecard, which will be exhibited for the first time in both company’s booths at Supercomm 2002 in Atlanta, Ga., June 4 – 6. Using the Geminax chipset, system providers can significantly increase line density in their access platforms, thereby enabling the acceleration of broadband deployment worldwide.

“We are very excited to be part of Alcatel’s Litespan system, the world’s most widely deployed integrated digital loop carrier with DSL,” said Christian Wolff, Vice President of Infineon’s Communications Business Group and General Manager of the Access Business Unit. “Improved density and reduced per port costs are a giant step forward in making the ubiquitous co-existence of voice and ADSL on every line a reality. This will lower operator costs and fuel broadband subscriber growth.”

Infineon built upon more than 15 years experience in production of analog and digital communications ICs to make the Geminax chipset a true global solution for integrated voice and DSL. The chipset is compliant with all worldwide standards for POTS and ADSL services and offers sophisticated power management features. Infineon provides extensive built in firmware support for both narrowband and broadband line testing. These features enable distributed line testing directly from the line cards, which significantly reduces provisioning and maintenance costs for network operators. The built-in test features also reduce the complexity and time required for production test.

About Alcatel

Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of EURO 25 billion in 2001 and 99,000 employees, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smart cards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2001 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.67 billion with about 33,800 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

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