Agere Systems Introduces USB 2.0 Chip That Processes Data More Than Three Times Faster Than Alternative USB 2.0 Device Microcontrollers

Chip boosts performance of cameras, MP3 players, scanners and other high-speed USB devices

Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ALLENTOWN, Pa., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR) today introduced a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 system-on-a-chip with an on-board microprocessor that processes data more than three times faster than widely deployed 8051-based USB 2.0 device controllers.

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Called the USS2828, the chip integrates an ARM7TDMS microprocessor and processes 40 million instructions per second (MIPS). The nearest competing chip based on the 8051 microprocessor processes data at 12 MIPS. The higher processing speed means more applications can be added via software.

Such applications include adding marketable capabilities to various USB 2.0 PC-based applications such as cameras, MP3 players and scanners. One example could be boosting the speed at which a scanner performs image processing.

Agere's new chip integrates 10 technologies including the ARM7TDMS core. Integrating the ARM7TDMS in the USS2828 offers more MIPS at a similar price point as 8051-based solutions.

In addition to the integrated microcontroller, other key functions of the new chip include a USB 2.0 high-speed PHY and device controller; a direct memory access controller; a memory controller; a programmable interrupt controller; read-only memory; random access memory; general purpose input- output technology; and two timers. The USS2828 offers developers two options for interfacing the device with the end application. There is a 16-bit external memory interface and 24 programmable I/Os.

"Consumers want cameras, MP3 players and scanners with a more muscular engine so they can economically add differentiating, revenue-generating features to their products," said Surinder Rai, marketing director of the Enterprise and Networking Division of Agere Systems. "This chip, because of its wealth of spare horsepower and high level of integration, provides that valuable benefit to them."

The chip supports both high-speed USB 2.0 (480 Megabits per second) and full-speed (12 Mbits/s) data transfers.

Available now, the chip's pricing varies depending on volumes.

For more information, customers may visit Agere's Web site at or contact one of Agere's regional sales offices. Customers in the U.S. may also call the Agere Systems Customer Response Center at 1-800-372-2447. Customers in Canada may call 1-800-553-2448. Customers outside those countries may call 1-610-712-4323. Fax inquiries may be directed to 1-610-712-4106, or e-mail queries to Email Contact. Written inquiries should be sent to Agere Systems, Room 10A-301C, 1110 American Parkway NE, Lehigh Valley Central Campus, Allentown, PA 18109, USA.

Agere Systems is a global leader in semiconductors for storage, wireless data, and public and enterprise networks. The company's chips and software power a broad range of computing and communications applications, from cell phones, PCs, PDAs, hard disk drives and gaming devices to the world's most sophisticated wireless and wireline networks. Agere's customers include top manufacturers of consumer electronics, communications and computing equipment. Agere's products connect people to information and entertainment at home, at work and on the road - enabling the connected lifestyle. More information about Agere Systems is available from its web site at

Agere, Agere Systems and the Agere Systems logo are registered trademarks of Agere Systems Inc.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on information currently available to Agere. Agere's actual results could differ materially from the results stated or implied by those forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our reliance on major customers and suppliers, our ability to keep pace with technological change, our dependence on new product development, price and product competition, availability of manufacturing capacity, customer demand for our products and services, and general industry and market conditions. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005. 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.

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