Conexant And BVRP Deliver New NetWaiting Feature for V.92 Modems; End-Users Now Able to “Suspend” Internet Connection to Place or Receive Incoming Calls

Conexant And BVRP Deliver New NetWaiting Feature for V.92 Modems; End-Users Now Able to “Suspend” Internet Connection to Place or Receive Incoming Calls

Business Editors and High-Tech Writers

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 16, 2001

Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, and BVRP, a leading developer of communications software, today announced that the two companies have collaborated to introduce NetWaiting(TM), a new software application for V.92-based dial-up modems.

NetWaiting enhances the end-user’s dial-up modem experience with new features that support Call Waiting and Caller ID.

“We’re proud to join efforts with BVRP and provide home networking users with the added convenience and flexibility that NetWaiting makes possible,” said Akram Atallah, vice president, narrowband products for Conexant’s personal computing division. “This suite of features, along with our V.92 modem, continues to further enhance usability of our products, and is a noteworthy advancement in modem functionality.”

“BVRP is very pleased to be working with one of the leading suppliers of dial-up modems to bring these powerful new modem on hold capabilities to the computer desktop,” said Bob Lang, president of BVRP America.

V.92 modems enhanced with the new NetWaiting feature enable end-users with Call Waiting to be notified of incoming calls while remaining on the Internet, allowing them to place the Internet “on hold” for several minutes while taking the telephone call. Users can also place the modem “on hold” and make an outgoing call without losing the Internet connection. NetWaiting also supports Caller ID service by displaying the incoming caller’s phone number and identification. In addition, users can maintain a database of frequent callers so that familiar names are displayed and identified.

NetWaiting features an easy-to-use interface that is configurable through the preferences menu. Users have the ability to specify call options, ignoring all incoming calls, accepting all incoming calls and disconnecting the Internet connection, or screening all incoming calls and prompting the user. The new application is available now in all Conexant-based V.92 modems and drivers and supports Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 95, 98, 2000, Me and XP.

About V.92

V.92 is the new dial-up modem specification from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that introduces new features which adds convenience and performance for the modem user. Conexant, a pioneer in modem technology, contributed key technologies to the V.92 specification. To learn more about V.92, visit http://www.v92.com.

About BVRP

With seven subsidiaries spread over France, Great Britain and the United States, the BVRP Software group is a world leading developer of communications software and a major supplier of personal and professional tools designed for Internet use.

BVRP Software products are sold in more than 100 countries through e-commerce, OEM partners and IT retailers. BVRP Software is also developing a wide services offer based on a strong Internet and telecom expertise.

The group currently employs more than 500 people and achieved revenue of 32.8 MEUR (215 MF) for the 1999/00 financial year. Since its listing on the Nouveau Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange in December 1996, the BVRP Software share (Euronext: 5478) has jumped by more than 500%, one of the best performances since the opening of this market segment.

About Conexant

Conexant Systems, Inc. is a worldwide leader in semiconductor system solutions for communications applications. Conexant leverages its expertise in mixed-signal processing to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products through two separate businesses: Conexant and Mindspeed Technologies.

Conexant’s personal networking business is focused on wireless communications, digital infotainment and personal computing products that are used in mobile communications and the broadband digital home. Mindspeed Technologies is focused on Internet infrastructure products including WAN transport, multiservice access and broadband access for applications that extend from the edge of the Internet all the way to its optical core.

Conexant is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., and delivered revenues of $2.1 billion for fiscal 2000. The company is a member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 indices. To learn more, visit us at www.conexant.com or www.mindspeed.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains statements relating to future results of Conexant (including certain projections and business trends) that are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: global economic and market conditions, such as the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and the markets addressed by the company’s and its customers’ products; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; the timing of new product introductions; the availability and extent of utilization of manufacturing capacity; pricing pressures and other competitive factors; changes in product mix; fluctuations in manufacturing yields; product obsolescence; the ability to develop and implement new technologies and to obtain protection for the related intellectual property; the successful separation of the Company’s Internet infrastructure and personal networking businesses; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; labor relations of the company, and its customers and suppliers; maintaining a consistent and reliable source of energy; and the uncertainties of litigation, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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