SAN JOSE, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian Hinman of 2Wire was named a winner by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2005 Awards in Northern California in the Communications & Networking category. Mr. Hinman was selected from 25 finalist companies in Northern California by an independent panel of judges comprised of local business, academic, and community leaders and announced at an award banquet on June 17, 2005 at The Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill. Hinman is president and CEO of 2Wire and co-founded the company in 1998. Hinman has a history of entrepreneurship and was also the co-founder, and formerly the CEO, of Polycom, Inc., the world's leading teleconferencing company. Prior to Polycom, at the age of 22, Hinman co-founded PictureTel Corporation. 2Wire is a provider of broadband service platforms exclusively for the DSL market. Its solutions help DSL providers to offer an integrated "triple-play" of data, voice, and media services. 2Wire's products and services include the award-winning HomePortal(R) residential gateways, the MediaPortal(TM) set top box, and a robust Component Management System (CMS) for service management and provisioning. Hinman will be eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Spring, Calif. on November 19, 2005. About The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Program The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries. About Ernst & Young Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 100,000 people in 140 countries around the globe pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism to provide clients with solutions based on financial, transactional, and risk-management knowledge in Ernst & Young's core services of Audit, Tax, and Transaction Advisory Services. Ernst & Young practices also provide legal services in some parts of the world where permitted. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization. About 2Wire 2Wire is a provider of broadband service platforms for the DSL market. 2Wire's suite of solutions offers DSL providers an integrated "triple-play" of data, voice, and media services. 2Wire's products and services include the award-winning HomePortal(R) residential gateways, the MediaPortal(TM) set top box, and a robust Component Management System (CMS) for service management and provisioning. 2Wire's products are distributed exclusively by the major DSL service providers including SBC Internet Services, British Telecom plc and Telefonos de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Headquartered in San Jose, California, 2Wire was founded in July 1998 by Brian L. Hinman, a co-founder of PictureTel Corporation and Polycom, Inc. 2Wire and HomePortal are registered trademarks of 2Wire, Inc. MediaPortal, Greenlight, and HyperG are trademarks of 2Wire, Inc.