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Agere Systems drops USB 2.0, Runs With 1394b

Announces Exit From USB 2.0 Chip Market and Acceleration of Development of 1394b Chip Products (July 16, 2001)
Agere Systems today announced the discontinuation of discrete products that support Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 applications, including the USS-2000 host controller and USS2X1 transceiver chips.

In addition, Agere announced it will accelerate its product development for 1394b applications.

USB technology is targeted at replacing the ports on PCs with a single interface. The currently deployed USB standard is known as USB 1.1, with USB 2.0 products mainly in development stages. The 1394 technology enables high bandwidth multimedia at high transmission rates over longer distances connecting a cross section of communication devices. The currently deployed 1394 standard is known as 1394a with higher speed 1394b products under development.

"These announcements are a clear indication of Agere's sharpening focus on accelerating the multiple benefits of 1394b technology to our customers," said Jack Keller, general manager of the computer products business unit of Agere Systems. "This 1394 product decision is an example of Agere re-directing its product development efforts to the company's most promising market opportunities."

The 1394b development allows Agere to leverage networking and system integration expertise that the company has developed.

The company plans to continue offering its USB 1.1 and 1394a products.

Agere Systems Inc. offers integrated optoelectronics and integrated circuits to help customers reduce the time and expense of developing new communications equipment. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at

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