Aware Announces Adoption of its StratiPHY-Bonded ADSL2+ Technology


New standards-based technology in Comtrend and Netopia gateways enables delivery of multiple channel HDTV-over-DSL with speeds up to 48 Mbps

BEDFORD, Mass., July 18 -- Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE), a worldwide leader and innovator of broadband intellectual property, today announced that both Comtrend Corporation and Netopia, Inc. have selected Analog Devices' Fusiv(TM) network processor and new ADSL2+ bonding reference platform, which are based upon Aware's intellectual property, as the foundation for their next-generation residential gateways. StratiPHY-Bonded(TM), which was introduced last month at SuperComm 2005, is the basis of Netopia's MiAVo bonded ADSL2+ gateway and Comtrend Corporation's NexusLink(TM) Broadband Residential Gateway, as announced earlier today by Analog Devices.

Loop bonding technology provides the telecom industry with a revolutionary technique for combining multiple ADSL2+ connections together into a single, aggregated connection, even if they have different capacities. StratiPHY- Bonded is a complete instantiation of the ITU-T G.998.1 (G.bond-ATM) bonding standard which consists of bonding logic and management software to support two-pair bonding of ADSL2+ lines for data rates up to 48 Mbps downstream.

"By using bonding technology in its network equipment, service providers can leverage their existing copper infrastructure to dramatically increase the bandwidth provisioned to subscribers, enabling delivery of video offerings faster and for less money than by using alternative technologies," said Peter LeBlanc, Aware's vice president of marketing. "Aware's StratiPHY-Bonded, part of the StratiPHY family of products, is targeted to semiconductor providers that want to quickly integrated standard-compliant bonding technology into their products. We are pleased to announce that both Comtrend and Netopia are using Aware's technology to lead the industry in early ADSL2+ bonded CPE solutions."

Analog Devices' standard-compliant bonded platform was developed in tandem with Aware and combines ADI's Fusiv(TM) network processors and two field- proven EaglePlus(TM) ADSL2+ PHY devices, which are based on Aware's StratiPHY2+(TM) and StratiPHY-Bonded intellectual property, to achieve bonded link rates of up to 48Mbps.

Netopia's recently announced MiAVo family of triple-play gateways feature high-performance wide area network (WAN) interfaces with innovative new local area network (LAN) distribution technologies for the delivery of triple-play services across fiber, VDSL, and bonded ADSL2+ networks. The new Netopia family of bonded ADSL2+ gateways uses ADI's Fusiv network processor and new ADSL2+ bonding reference platform, and is an ideal solution for carriers and service providers seeking to deliver triple-play services across their upgraded ADSL bonded networks.

Comtrend Corporation has standardized on ADI's Fusiv network processor and new ADSL2+ bonding reference platform for the Comtrend NexusLink(TM) Broadband Residential Gateway introduced earlier this year. The NexusLink Residential Gateway combines the benefits of field-proven ADSL2+ technology with standards-compliant loop bonding technology to allow service providers to offer revenue-generating triple-play services including IP television (IPTV).

Last month at SuperComm 2005, SuperComm attendees had the opportunity to see Aware's StratiPHY-Bonded demonstration, which featured two independent channels of high-definition IP video streamed over two ADSL2+ copper pairs at data rate of 48Mbps. Aware also recently introduced its line of standard- compliant StratiPHY-Bonded test and development modems, which are available for product development and interoperability of third-party central office equipment. For more information about the StratiPHY(TM) family of products, including StratiPHY-Bonded, please visit Aware's website at http://www.aware.com/.

About Aware

Aware, Inc. designs, develops, licenses and markets DSL technologies that enable broadband communications over existing telephone networks. Its solutions, including splitterless G.lite, full-rate ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL2, Bonded ADSL2+, Dr. DSL(R), StratiPHY(TM), StratiPHY-Bonded(TM), StratiPHY2+(TM), StratiPHY3(TM) and G.SHDSL, address central office as well as customer premise requirements. Aware is also a leading provider of standards- based biometric transaction and image compression software toolkits. More information can be found at http://www.aware.com/.

Dr. DSL, StratiPHY, StratiPHY2+, StratiPHY3, and StratiPHY-Bonded are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aware, Inc. Fusiv and EaglePlus are trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc. Netopia and 3-D Reach are registered trademarks and Wi-CERTIFIED is a trademark of Netopia, Inc. NexusLink is a trademark of Comtrend Corporation. Any other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Sarah LaLiberte of Aware, Inc., +1-781-687-0695, sarahl@aware.com

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