SONICblue's frontpath(TM) Ships ProGear(TM) - the First High Performance, Linux-Based Portable Information Appliance

May 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from frontpath, inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- frontpath, inc., a wholly
 owned subsidiary of SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:   SBLU), announced that
 it has begun shipping and volume production of its premier wireless web
 device, ProGear. Targeted to broadband-enabled vertical market segments
 including hospitality, education and healthcare, ProGear is a fully portable
 wireless web device that supports a rich media experience enabling businesses
 to personalize content.
     "Executing on its already disclosed strategy, frontpath's ProGear is being
 commercially deployed in the U.S. to lead the post PC era with a device that
 offers access to anytime, anywhere information," said Janet Leising, general
 manager of frontpath. "We firmly believe that the web and Java-based
 applications represent the ultimate freedom of choice for enabling access on
 wireless devices. I believe that vertical markets and smart businesses who
 leverage ProGear will be the first true beneficiaries of wireless, customized
 information."
     "ProGear is an ideal solution for businesses who want to improve their
 level of service, productivity, accuracy or customer satisfaction," said
 Patt Montgomery, vice president of business development and marketing,
 frontpath. "We have seen tremendous momentum during our extensive beta program
 and look forward to working with business partners to fully unleash the power
 of ProGear."
     ProGear supports many popular rich media formats and offers a high quality
 10.4" TFT display, X 86 compatibility, a soft keyboard and a touch screen that
 enables quick access to applications or the Internet. The 3-pound product
 comes with a Soundblaster(R) compatible audio and microphone/headphone
 support. ProGear comes standard with a 3-cell battery. An optional 6 cell
 battery, cradle with integrated USB hub and charging station, keyboard and
 mouse are also available.
     ProGear's software includes the Linux 2.4x operating system, Netscape(R)
 browser version 4.74 and an extensive set of utilities and diagnostics.
 Hardware components include the powerful Transmeta(TM) TM3200 400 MHz
 processor, a 10.4" polysilicon TFT display delivering excellent image quality
 for text, still and video images and an ergonomic design with a thin, yet
 strong magnesium case capable of delivering portrait or landscape images.
 Additionally, ProGear comes with 64 or 128 MB of system memory. ProGear is
 available in Hard Disk Drive or Thin Client versions.
 
     Price and availability:
     Initially available to frontpath business partners in the United States,
 the company anticipates that the most popular configuration will be in the
 $1,500 price range with the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade features such
 as batteries, memory, cradle, access points, keyboard and mouse. Customers
 interested in ProGear should contact frontpath by calling 408-588-8715 or
 e-mailing sales@frontpath.com.
 
     About frontpath, inc.:
     frontpath, inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of SONICblue Incorporated.
 frontpath designs, develops and markets Information Appliance products and
 services that deliver personalized communication solutions enabling consumers
 to live a "connected lifestyle" at home, at work and at play.frontpath is
 headquartered at 2841 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, Calif.
 
     About SONICblue Incorporated:
     SONICblue is a leader in the converging Internet, digital media and
 consumer device markets. Working with partners that include some of the
 biggest brands in consumer electronics, SONICblue creates and markets products
 that let consumers enjoy all the benefits of a digital home and a connected
 lifestyle. SONICblue holds significant financial assets, global marketing
 capabilities and a focused technology portfolio, that includes Rio(R) digital
 audio players, HomeFree(TM) home networking solutions, Diamond(TM) Internet
 access products and frontpath(TM) Information Appliances.
     Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth
 in this press release, such as statements as to the expected nature, features,
 benefits and timing of availability of ProGear, predictions regarding market
 needs and desires, the ability of businesses to use ProGear to improve
 customer service, productivity, accuracy and satisfaction, the anticipated
 configuration and pricing of ProGear, and the availability of quantity
 shipments, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe
 harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that
 may cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to,
 the ability of frontpath to develop, ramp manufacturing volumes and bring to
 market in a timely and successful manner ProGear, its ability to address
 market needs with ProGear, the impact of competitive products and pricing and
 of alternative technological advances, changes in strategic, business and
 financing plans of SONICblue, and other risks detailed from time to time in
 the SEC reports of SONICblue Incorporated, including its annual report on Form
 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000. These forward-looking statements
 speak only as of the date hereof. SONICblue and frontpath disclaim any
 intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
 SONICblue, HomeFree and Diamond are trademarks of SONICblue Incorporated.
 frontpath and ProGear are trademarks of frontpath, inc. Rio is a registered
 trademark of RioPort, Inc. and is used by SONICblue under license from
 RioPort, Inc. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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SOURCE frontpath, inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- frontpath, inc., a wholly
 owned subsidiary of SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:   SBLU), announced that
 it has begun shipping and volume production of its premier wireless web
 device, ProGear. Targeted to broadband-enabled vertical market segments
 including hospitality, education and healthcare, ProGear is a fully portable
 wireless web device that supports a rich media experience enabling businesses
 to personalize content.
     "Executing on its already disclosed strategy, frontpath's ProGear is being
 commercially deployed in the U.S. to lead the post PC era with a device that
 offers access to anytime, anywhere information," said Janet Leising, general
 manager of frontpath. "We firmly believe that the web and Java-based
 applications represent the ultimate freedom of choice for enabling access on
 wireless devices. I believe that vertical markets and smart businesses who
 leverage ProGear will be the first true beneficiaries of wireless, customized
 information."
     "ProGear is an ideal solution for businesses who want to improve their
 level of service, productivity, accuracy or customer satisfaction," said
 Patt Montgomery, vice president of business development and marketing,
 frontpath. "We have seen tremendous momentum during our extensive beta program
 and look forward to working with business partners to fully unleash the power
 of ProGear."
     ProGear supports many popular rich media formats and offers a high quality
 10.4" TFT display, X 86 compatibility, a soft keyboard and a touch screen that
 enables quick access to applications or the Internet. The 3-pound product
 comes with a Soundblaster(R) compatible audio and microphone/headphone
 support. ProGear comes standard with a 3-cell battery. An optional 6 cell
 battery, cradle with integrated USB hub and charging station, keyboard and
 mouse are also available.
     ProGear's software includes the Linux 2.4x operating system, Netscape(R)
 browser version 4.74 and an extensive set of utilities and diagnostics.
 Hardware components include the powerful Transmeta(TM) TM3200 400 MHz
 processor, a 10.4" polysilicon TFT display delivering excellent image quality
 for text, still and video images and an ergonomic design with a thin, yet
 strong magnesium case capable of delivering portrait or landscape images.
 Additionally, ProGear comes with 64 or 128 MB of system memory. ProGear is
 available in Hard Disk Drive or Thin Client versions.
 
     Price and availability:
     Initially available to frontpath business partners in the United States,
 the company anticipates that the most popular configuration will be in the
 $1,500 price range with the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade features such
 as batteries, memory, cradle, access points, keyboard and mouse. Customers
 interested in ProGear should contact frontpath by calling 408-588-8715 or
 e-mailing sales@frontpath.com.
 
     About frontpath, inc.:
     frontpath, inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of SONICblue Incorporated.
 frontpath designs, develops and markets Information Appliance products and
 services that deliver personalized communication solutions enabling consumers
 to live a "connected lifestyle" at home, at work and at play.frontpath is
 headquartered at 2841 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, Calif.
 
     About SONICblue Incorporated:
     SONICblue is a leader in the converging Internet, digital media and
 consumer device markets. Working with partners that include some of the
 biggest brands in consumer electronics, SONICblue creates and markets products
 that let consumers enjoy all the benefits of a digital home and a connected
 lifestyle. SONICblue holds significant financial assets, global marketing
 capabilities and a focused technology portfolio, that includes Rio(R) digital
 audio players, HomeFree(TM) home networking solutions, Diamond(TM) Internet
 access products and frontpath(TM) Information Appliances.
     Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth
 in this press release, such as statements as to the expected nature, features,
 benefits and timing of availability of ProGear, predictions regarding market
 needs and desires, the ability of businesses to use ProGear to improve
 customer service, productivity, accuracy and satisfaction, the anticipated
 configuration and pricing of ProGear, and the availability of quantity
 shipments, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe
 harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that
 may cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to,
 the ability of frontpath to develop, ramp manufacturing volumes and bring to
 market in a timely and successful manner ProGear, its ability to address
 market needs with ProGear, the impact of competitive products and pricing and
 of alternative technological advances, changes in strategic, business and
 financing plans of SONICblue, and other risks detailed from time to time in
 the SEC reports of SONICblue Incorporated, including its annual report on Form
 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000. These forward-looking statements
 speak only as of the date hereof. SONICblue and frontpath disclaim any
 intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
 SONICblue, HomeFree and Diamond are trademarks of SONICblue Incorporated.
 frontpath and ProGear are trademarks of frontpath, inc. Rio is a registered
 trademark of RioPort, Inc. and is used by SONICblue under license from
 RioPort, Inc. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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