PCTEL’s SolsisTM Modem Shipping in 56Kbps USB

PCTEL’s SolsisTM Modem Shipping in 56Kbps USB

May 7, 2001
PCTEL’s SolsisTM Modem Shipping in 56Kbps USB

“OnlineStationTM” Internet Connectivity Device for PlayStation®2

Sun-Denshi Now Shipping OnlineStation Internet Gaming Peripheral Milpitas, CA – May 7, 2001 – PCTEL (NASDAQ: PCTI), the leader in cost-effective software-based connectivity for millions of Internet users, today announced that Sun-Denshi (Sun Corp.) has begun shipping its OnlineStation, a small and compact USB 56K device to provide Internet connectivity for the internationally-popular SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. PCTEL’s SolsisTM embedded modem technology was selected for the OnlineStationTM in order to offer consumers a compact and reliable gaming peripheral.

PCTEL’s Solsis features a Texas Instruments TMS320C5000 Digital Signal Processor with PCTEL’s proprietary embedded modem software and a two-chip integrated silicon CODEC/World DAA that incorporates a patented multi-country programmable configuration. It is compliant and compatible with local phone access in over 65 countries.

“PCTEL’s embedded modem technology is playing a key role in bringing Internet connectivity to a growing market of non-PC consumer appliances," noted William Roach, chief executive officer and president of PCTEL. “Because of its highly integrated design, Solsis gives manufacturers the flexibility to create compact yet powerful electronic communications devices at a lower cost. In the gaming industry, for example, it gives Sun-Denshi the opportunity to introduce a device that brings an exciting new level of interactive play to the popular SCEI PlayStation® 2."

“PCTEL’s modem technology is playing a key role in helping us bring Internet gaming products to market quickly and cost-effectively,” said Hiroaki Higashiya, manager for Sunsoft division of Sun-Denshi. “Sun-Denshi’s OnlineStation modem and browser application, exclusively designed for the SCEI PlayStation 2, will immerse consumers in a new and exciting Internet environment.”

"This is the first product to ship in the consumer market to take advantage of the embedded communications solution that combines the TI TMS320C5000 DSP platform and PCTEL’s Solsis embedded modem solution, " said Mark Mattson, C5000 business development manager, Texas Instruments. “Together, we are offering OEM developers an inexpensive plug-and-play solution for virtually every alternative Internet access device connecting to the Internet.”

Initial shipments of Sun-Denshi’s OnlineStation are intended for the Japanese gaming market.


PCTEL, founded in March 1994, is driving the evolution of innovative, cost-effective personal connectivity solutions including analog soft modems, digital broadband, home networking, and embedded Internet access technology. The company’s market leadership has led to a wide-ranging and comprehensive portfolio of more than 43 broadband and analog communications patents, including the key and essential patents for HSP modem technology. PCTEL products are available to PC and data communications equipment manufacturers, as well as a variety of vertical market OEMs. PCTEL is located at 1331 California Circle, Milpitas, Calif., 95035. Telephone: (408) 965-2100. Fax: (408) 895-0178. For more information on PCTEL products, visit the PCTEL website at http://www.pctel.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains statements relating to future analog modem products of the company 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; 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 embedded Internet communications; development, demand, and market acceptance of Texas Instruments DSP product, demand and acceptance of Sun-Denshi’s product, the ability to develop and implement new technologies and to obtain protection for the related intellectual property; 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 disclaims any obligation to update or revise the information contained in any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

PCTEL is a registered trademark and Solsis is a trademark of PCTEL. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. ”PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.