Broadband Firewall Router uses XceleRouter Technology.

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Equipped with 166 MHz CPU, Centaur family of network processors provides 100 Mbps WAN to LAN routing performance. With filtering and double firewall protection, KS8695-based platform includes NAT and SPI to secure user's network and web access. Multi-port integrated gateway solution provides differentiations such as Firewall, Content Filtering, VPN, as well as routing speed to enable fast ping time and zero lag.

Original Press Release:

NETGEAR to Ship Next Generation Broadband Router Using Micrel's 'Centaur' Family of High-Performance, Highly Integrated Gateway Router Solutions Featuring the XceleRouter Technology By Micrel

NETGEAR Launches Next Generation Firewall Router for Homes Into a Global Network of Retailers, Superstores, Online Sites & Distribution Channels

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (May 20 - 2003) - Micrel announced that NETGEAR will ship a new Broadband Gateway product based on Micrel's KS8695, a member of Micrel's "Centaur" family of high-performance gateway solutions featuring XceleRouter Technology. NETGEAR is a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high performance, networking solutions for homes and businesses. Micrel Semiconductor (NASDAQ: MCRL) is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of integrated circuits for the high-speed communications, power management and analog markets.

"We're very pleased to expand our relationship with NETGEAR," said Mark Downing, Vice President of Marketing for Micrel. "With Micrel's innovative XceleRouter Technology, the Centaur family of broadband gateway solutions not only has the highest performance/price ratio, but also provides plenty of headroom for value-added differentiations. These include Firewall, Content Filtering, VPN as well as routing speed to enable fast ping time and zero lag in the gaming environment."

NETGEAR product manager Eric Paczewitz said, "The high performance of the Centaur family of network processors make Micrel a good choice for our Next Generation Router for homes now with state-of-the-art filtering and double firewall protection, including both NAT and SPI to secure the user's network and web access."

Micrel has a market-leading Ethernet product family for small office/home office (SOHO) and residential gateway, networking, wireless LAN and Fiber-to-the-Home applications. The Centaur family is the industry's first high-performance multi-port integrated gateway solution. With its XceleRouter Technology and a 166 MHz CPU, the Centaur family of network processors are capable of providing near wire-speed (100Mbps) WAN to LAN routing performance. The KS8695-based platform, supported by a complete hardware and software reference design, provides up to 6 times the routing performance of a typical gateway product.


NETGEAR is a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high performance networking solutions at prices affordable to homes and businesses. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NETGEAR designs and develops products that enable home and business customers to share broadband Internet access, network office peripherals, and multimedia entertainment among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. NETGEAR markets and sells its products in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

About Micrel

Micrel Semiconductor is a leading manufacturer of advanced, high performance communications, clock management, mixed signal, analog, power as well as Ethernet router, switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. These products include devices for fiber-optic telecommunications and networking, cellular telephones, servers, portable computer systems, computer peripherals, process control systems, consumer electronics and power supplies.

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