Parthus Opens R&D Center in Caen, France Focused on Developing Advanced Multi-Mode Radio Technology, a Key Component of Next Generation Mobile Internet Devices

French Design Center Adds Highly-Skilled RF Engineers to Company's 320+ Global

R&D Team Underpinning Parthus' Platform-Level IP Strategy of Delivering Total

System Solutions



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Parthus Technologies

    CAEN, France, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Parthus Technologies (Nasdaq:   PRTH)
 (LSE: PRH), a leading developer of semiconductor intellectual property for the
 mobile Internet market, today announced the opening of an advanced R&D center
 in Caen, France.  The center, which is due to grow to approximately
 25 RF engineers, is focused on developing highly advanced multi-mode radio
 (RF) technology for next generation wireless applications.  Advanced RF
 technology is key to Parthus' pioneering platform-level intellectual property
 strategy and allows the company to deliver a total systems solution to its
 global customer base.
     "I am delighted to announce the opening of our advanced development center
 in Caen with an RF team that has many years' experience developing radio
 solutions," said Kevin Fielding, president of Parthus Technologies.  "Our
 center in Caen will lead the challenge of defining new and innovative multi-
 mode radio technology, and further illustrates our commitment to developing
 unique technological solutions for the next generation mobile Internet.  RF
 expertise is central to our platform-level IP strategy of delivering the total
 system solution for tomorrow's wireless devices."
     "The ultimate challenge for next generation mobile Internet devices is to
 receive any signal available in the 'ether' with just one antenna and one
 piece of RF circuitry," said Ray Speer, vice president Analog Engineering for
 Parthus.  "Current generation radios fall far short of this ideal as they are
 developed to operate only over a limited frequency range (spectrum) and for a
 particular modulation standard.  Next generation radios need to support much
 wider flexibility, delivering multi-mode capabilities such as combining
 popular w-LAN protocols such as Bluetooth, DECT, 802.11 on a single radio
 chip."
     Parthus has developed its "CORE" (Complementary Optimized Radio
 Environment) roadmap focused specifically on multi-mode radios.  The CORE
 program has identified complementary radio systems that are technically
 compatible and that have strong application synergy which when combined offer
 enhanced flexibility with substantial cost savings.  The CORE development is
 part of a program to deliver low cost software based multi-mode radios that
 incorporate advanced DSP and digital technologies.
     The first development in this program is a combined Bluetooth/GPS Radio on
 a single chip.  At a recent Bluetooth SIG Local Positioning working group
 meeting, hosted earlier this month by Parthus in Dublin, attendees discussed
 issues related to the convergence of Bluetooth and other applications,
 including GPS.  Attendees at the working group included Philips, Motorola,
 Qualcomm, Nokia, Denso, HP and Parthus.  "The Local Positioning Working Group
 had a very constructive event in Dublin," said Mike Overy of Nokia, Chair of
 the Bluetooth LP-WG.
     The analyst community has also endorsed the advantages of Parthus' multi-
 mode radio strategy.  According to Randy Giusto, vice president of mobile and
 desktop research at IDC:  "Next generation wireless devices will have to
 receive and transmit in many wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, GSM, GPRS,
 W-CDMA and GPS.  Ultimately multi-mode radio technology, as pioneered by
 Parthus, is the defining strategy needed to meet the triple challenges of low
 cost, low power consumption and flexible applications in a single chip radio."
 
     About Parthus Technologies
     Parthus Technologies is one of the world's leading providers of complete
 platform level Intellectual property (IP) solutions targeting the mobile
 Internet market.  Incorporating radio, baseband and software design solutions,
 Parthus' unrivalled range of mobile Internet platforms are used by the world's
 largest microprocessor companies and electronics manufacturers in MP3, GPS,
 GPRS, GSM, 3G and Bluetooth applications.  Parthus broad range of platforms
 power a diverse range of mobile Internet devices, such as cellular handsets,
 Smartphones, automobiles, personal audio players and PDAs.  The company has
 leveraged seven years' of IP development experience to deploy platforms that
 lead the industry in terms of ultra-high processing power and low power
 consumption, and deliver significant cost and time-to-market advantages to its
 customers.  Parthus is headquartered in Dublin with offices in six countries
 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  More information on
 Parthus is available at http://www.parthus.com .
 
     Safe Harbor Statement:
     This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within The
 meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any "forward-looking
 statements" in this press release are subject to certain risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 stated. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including
 without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management
 "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans" and similar expressions) should
 be considered forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those indicated by such forward-looking
 statements include uncertainties relating to the acceptance of semiconductor
 intellectual property offerings, expansion of our business, quarterly
 variations in results, and other uncertainties that are discussed in the "Risk
 Factors" section of our final prospectus dated May 19, 2000, which is on file
 with the SEC and of our listing particulars dated May 19, 2000, filed with the
 London Stock Exchange and the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales and
 the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Ireland.
 
 

SOURCE Parthus Technologies
    CAEN, France, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Parthus Technologies (Nasdaq:   PRTH)
 (LSE: PRH), a leading developer of semiconductor intellectual property for the
 mobile Internet market, today announced the opening of an advanced R&D center
 in Caen, France.  The center, which is due to grow to approximately
 25 RF engineers, is focused on developing highly advanced multi-mode radio
 (RF) technology for next generation wireless applications.  Advanced RF
 technology is key to Parthus' pioneering platform-level intellectual property
 strategy and allows the company to deliver a total systems solution to its
 global customer base.
     "I am delighted to announce the opening of our advanced development center
 in Caen with an RF team that has many years' experience developing radio
 solutions," said Kevin Fielding, president of Parthus Technologies.  "Our
 center in Caen will lead the challenge of defining new and innovative multi-
 mode radio technology, and further illustrates our commitment to developing
 unique technological solutions for the next generation mobile Internet.  RF
 expertise is central to our platform-level IP strategy of delivering the total
 system solution for tomorrow's wireless devices."
     "The ultimate challenge for next generation mobile Internet devices is to
 receive any signal available in the 'ether' with just one antenna and one
 piece of RF circuitry," said Ray Speer, vice president Analog Engineering for
 Parthus.  "Current generation radios fall far short of this ideal as they are
 developed to operate only over a limited frequency range (spectrum) and for a
 particular modulation standard.  Next generation radios need to support much
 wider flexibility, delivering multi-mode capabilities such as combining
 popular w-LAN protocols such as Bluetooth, DECT, 802.11 on a single radio
 chip."
     Parthus has developed its "CORE" (Complementary Optimized Radio
 Environment) roadmap focused specifically on multi-mode radios.  The CORE
 program has identified complementary radio systems that are technically
 compatible and that have strong application synergy which when combined offer
 enhanced flexibility with substantial cost savings.  The CORE development is
 part of a program to deliver low cost software based multi-mode radios that
 incorporate advanced DSP and digital technologies.
     The first development in this program is a combined Bluetooth/GPS Radio on
 a single chip.  At a recent Bluetooth SIG Local Positioning working group
 meeting, hosted earlier this month by Parthus in Dublin, attendees discussed
 issues related to the convergence of Bluetooth and other applications,
 including GPS.  Attendees at the working group included Philips, Motorola,
 Qualcomm, Nokia, Denso, HP and Parthus.  "The Local Positioning Working Group
 had a very constructive event in Dublin," said Mike Overy of Nokia, Chair of
 the Bluetooth LP-WG.
     The analyst community has also endorsed the advantages of Parthus' multi-
 mode radio strategy.  According to Randy Giusto, vice president of mobile and
 desktop research at IDC:  "Next generation wireless devices will have to
 receive and transmit in many wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, GSM, GPRS,
 W-CDMA and GPS.  Ultimately multi-mode radio technology, as pioneered by
 Parthus, is the defining strategy needed to meet the triple challenges of low
 cost, low power consumption and flexible applications in a single chip radio."
 
     About Parthus Technologies
     Parthus Technologies is one of the world's leading providers of complete
 platform level Intellectual property (IP) solutions targeting the mobile
 Internet market.  Incorporating radio, baseband and software design solutions,
 Parthus' unrivalled range of mobile Internet platforms are used by the world's
 largest microprocessor companies and electronics manufacturers in MP3, GPS,
 GPRS, GSM, 3G and Bluetooth applications.  Parthus broad range of platforms
 power a diverse range of mobile Internet devices, such as cellular handsets,
 Smartphones, automobiles, personal audio players and PDAs.  The company has
 leveraged seven years' of IP development experience to deploy platforms that
 lead the industry in terms of ultra-high processing power and low power
 consumption, and deliver significant cost and time-to-market advantages to its
 customers.  Parthus is headquartered in Dublin with offices in six countries
 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  More information on
 Parthus is available at http://www.parthus.com .
 
     Safe Harbor Statement:
     This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within The
 meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any "forward-looking
 statements" in this press release are subject to certain risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 stated. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including
 without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management
 "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans" and similar expressions) should
 be considered forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those indicated by such forward-looking
 statements include uncertainties relating to the acceptance of semiconductor
 intellectual property offerings, expansion of our business, quarterly
 variations in results, and other uncertainties that are discussed in the "Risk
 Factors" section of our final prospectus dated May 19, 2000, which is on file
 with the SEC and of our listing particulars dated May 19, 2000, filed with the
 London Stock Exchange and the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales and
 the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Ireland.
 
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