ADTRAN Selects Infineon`s ADSL 2+ GEMINAX MAX Chipset to Address Growing Demand for xDSL Broadband Access in North America

Jun 7, 2005 | Market News

Munich / Germany and Chicago / USA – June 7, 2005 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced that its GEMINAX MAX™ and ConverGate™ chipsets have been selected by ADTRAN, one of the top three DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) equipment vendors in North America, for use in its Total Access™ series of DSLAM (DSL Access Multiplexer) products. ADTRAN’s ADSL2+ (Asymmetric DSL2+) products are widely deployed by the eight leading service providers in North America. Infineon’s GEMINAX MAX and ConverGate chipsets enable service providers to offer consumers higher ADSL2+ data rates of up to 24 Mbit/s compared to current solutions. With ADSL2+, a conventional telephone connection is sufficient to surf the Internet, receive multiple television channels and place a traditional or VoIP telephone call - all at the same time.

“Big service providers are aggressively marketing DSL technology, with the vision of migrating today’s broadband data customer to a full multi-media subscriber within the next few years,” said Steve Rago, Principal Analyst, Market Intelligence Services, iSuppli. “Net DSL subscribers in the USA are expected to jump by 40 percent in 2005 and reach almost 30 million by the end of 2006. There is also a strong trend in the USA to push the DSLAM closer to the subscriber. Remote DSLAM ports are growing by more than 33 percent per year.”

Infineon’s GEMINAX MAX chipset fully supports the latest international standards for ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+ and various Annexes. The ConverGate network processor, from Infineon's family of ATM and Ethernet communication convergence processors, is specially designed for traffic aggregation on Ethernet backplanes.

“The Infineon GEMINAX MAX chipset is based on our expertise in ADSL2+ technology with more than 6 million ports shipped in 2004 alone,“ said Christian Wolff, Vice President Communications Business Group and General Manager Wireline Access Business Unit at Infineon. “It provides significant advantage in terms of density, power and cost.”

Technical details about GEMINAX MAX and ConverGate chips

The GEMINAX MAX is an 8-channel ADSL/ADSL2 and ADSL2+ solution for Central Office, DSLAM, and DLC (Digital Loop Carrier) applications. GEMINAX MAX allows downstream data rates up to 24 Mbit/s over each of its eight channels and fully supports the latest international standards for ADSL, ADSL2, and ADSL2+.

ConverGate belongs to Infineon's family of ATM and Ethernet communication convergence processors specially suited for xDSL traffic aggregation on IP-DSLAM line cards or IP pizza boxes with fast or Gigabit Ethernet backplanes. With its versatile multiprocessor architecture and high-speed interfaces, it provides support for current and evolving network protocol stacks and sets the base for value-added services like video-distribution via Multicast or VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks).

The GEMINAX MAX and ConverGate chipsets will be on display at the Infineon booth (# 55010) at the SUPERCOMM tradeshow in Chicago, June 7-9, 2005.

ADTRAN, Inc. and Infineon both will demonstrate ADTRAN’s Total Access 48-port ADSL2+ DSLAM, with integrated POTS splitters, based on Infineon’s GEMINAX MAX chipset, at their booths at SUPERCOMM.

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About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 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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