Metalink is First to Show 802.11n Next-Generation Wi-Fi Successfully Distributing Multiple, Simultaneous HDTV Streams

Company's WLANPlus Chipset is now at Design-In Stage With Leading

Consumer Electronics Vendors

Mar 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from Metalink Ltd.

    YAKUM, Israel, March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Metalink Ltd. (NASDAQ:  
 MTLK), a provider of high-performance wireless and wireline broadband
 communication silicon solutions, today announced that it has concluded a
 series of live demonstrations of its WLANPlus(TM) chipset, a technology based
 on the emerging 802.11n standard, with unique capabilities for wireless
 multimedia distribution. For the first time, advanced Wi-Fi technology was
 used to demonstrate the delivery of multiple simultaneous high-definition
 television (HDTV) streams anywhere in the home, with full quality of service
 (QoS) guarantees.
     "We believe that in 2007, driven by the adoption of the 802.11n standard,
 Wi-Fi chipsets will be widely used by consumer electronics manufacturers for
 products such as HDTV displays and DVRs," said Philip Solis, senior analyst
 at ABI Research. "We expect the number of Wi-Fi ICs sold into consumer
 electronics to grow from 6.6 million units in 2004 to over 70 million units
 in 2007."
     "The consumer electronics market is presenting a huge opportunity for
 Wi-Fi chip-sets while increasing the technological bar dramatically beyond
 current Wi-Fi specifications." said Tzvika Shukman, Metalink's chairman and
 chief executive officer. "Over the past three years, Metalink has focused on
 developing its cutting edge WLANPlus technology, and we are proud to see the
 endorsement of our solution by global leaders of the CE industry -
 characterizing our offering as the best Multiple-HDTV streaming Wi-Fi
 solution they have seen. The performance we have exhibited is a result of our
 WLANPlus incorporating the most challenging elements of the emerging 802.11n
 standard specification while combining them with proprietary innovative
     Metalink recently announced a partnership with Renesas Technology Corp.,
 the world's leading Microcontrollers Company. Renesas and Metalink plan to
 jointly develop product designs that incorporate both companies' integrated
 circuits. Metalink has also announced its cooperation with Haier Corporation,
 the leading Chinese manufacturer of household electrical appliances, to
 develop advanced consumer electronics products enabling unmatched wireless
 multimedia networking throughout the home.
     Metalink's WLANPlus family consists of the company's MtW8170 baseband
 device and the MtW8150 radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC). WLANPlus
 has been developed in line with draft specifications for the future 802.11n
 high-speed Wi-Fi standard, which were unanimously approved by the 802.11n
 Task Group (TGn) in January 2006. Metalink continues to play a pivotal role
 in the standards finalization process, and is at the forefront of efforts to
 optimize 802.11n technology for demanding wireless video entertainment
 applications in such consumer electronics products as digital video recorders
 (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and media
     A combination of features enables Metalink's WLANPlus family to deliver
 multiple HDTV streams to any location within a radius of 100 feet, while
 maintaining full QoS performance. Innovative packet-aggregation techniques
 boost media access control (MAC) efficiency with double the effective
 throughput of other solutions. The inclusion of 2x3 real Multiple-In
 Multiple-Out (real MIMO) technology further improves throughput and QoS, and
 the use of sophisticated channel-bonding and antenna-loading techniques in
 the 5 GHz frequency band provide critical additional video-distribution
     The WLANPlus chipset also includes a full implementation of an integrated
 lower and upper MAC, reducing dramatically the required processing power and
 memory allocation from the host application processor. This simplifies the
 integration with consumer electronics devices and reduces the total product
 cost. Additionally, Advanced Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) forward
 error-correction (FEC) coding significantly boosts coverage range and signal
 robustness as compared to previous approaches. The chipset also fully
 supports 802.11i security features and the 802.11e QoS standard, both of
 which are critical for high-priority voice and video services.
     Metalink has established a roadmap for additional performance
 enhancements using the current WLANPlus platform, and these new features will
 be incorporated into the company's next generation of WLANPlus products,
 which will be released concurrent with 802.11n industry certification.
     The WLANPlus product line is now being designed into systems at several
 leading consumer electronics manufacturers, and is priced below $20 in high
     About Metalink Metalink Broadband (NASDAQ:   MTLK) is a leading provider of
 high performance wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon
 solutions. Metalink's WLAN and DSL technologies are designed to enable true
 broadband connectivity in every home, and its products revolutionize the
 broadband experience by facilitating the convergence of telecommunication,
 networking and entertainment.
     Metalink aims to redefine the home broadband experience by introducing
 WLANPlus(TM) - a high-throughput wireless LAN technology, 5-10 times faster
 than currently available wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g technologies. Featuring
 MIMO technology adopted by the 802.11n standardization, WLANPlus enables
 room-to-room networking of multiple high-definition video streams.
     Metalink's DSL products offer service providers a cost-effective network
 upgrade to support triple-play services. Using Metalink's innovative VDSL
 technologies operators can deliver fiber-like speeds over existing copper
 infrastructure. Metalink's chipsets are deployed in millions of DSL lines by
 leading service providers worldwide.
     Metalink is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Yakum,
 Israel. The company has subsidiaries in Atlanta (US), South Korea, and Japan
 as well as offices in China. Further information is available at
     This press release contains "forward looking" information within the
 meaning of the United States securities laws that involve risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 in the forward looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are set
 forth from time to time in Metalink's filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission, including Metalink's Annual Report in Form F-20. Readers
 are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The
 Company undertakes no obligation to republish or revise forward-looking
 statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to
 reflect the occurrences of unanticipated events. The Company cannot guarantee
 future results, events, and levels of activity, performance, or achievements.
     Mor Abraham
     Marketing Communications Manager
     Metalink Ltd.
     Tel: +972-9-9605406
     Fax: +972-9-9605544

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