Set-Top Box supports all-digital networks.

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Available with MIPS processor, Chicago Series DC 501 can stand vertically or horizontally and offers DSG and OCAP support as options. Infrared receiver extender on back panel allows box to be mounted remotely on wall or hidden away. Featuring common platform, set-top box helps cable operators move toward digital simulcast or all-digital network.

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Pace Launches DC 501 'Chicago' All-Digital Set-Top Box Solution

Boca Raton, FL., April 3, 2005: Pace Micro Technology, a leading digital set-top box provider specializing in the development of emerging technologies across all television platforms, today announced the launch of its DC 501 Chicago all-digital set-top box. The Chicago set-top box is an all-digital device with a common platform designed to operate on North American cable networks.

Pace Americas' President Michael Pulli said, "We're in a unique position as the only set-top box provider with licenses and technology to deploy boxes on all types of cable T.V. networks. This underscores a major part of our long-term strategy for the North American market, which is to develop set-top box solutions with a common platform that can easily be deployed on any network."

Pulli added, "The launch of our Chicago 500 Series with its common platform for both networks is significant because it will help cable operators move toward a digital simulcast or an all-digital network more quickly and cost effectively. The Chicago DC 501 is one of the most innovative box designs in the market today."

Pace Americas' VP of Technology Chris Dinallo added, "All-digital and digital simulcast are critical industry initiatives, and uniquely, Pace is proud to be the only set-top box provider that can support all-digital on both networks. We offer the industry diversity and choice while pushing the technological envelope, by working with any conditional access and client software our cable customers choose."

"All-digital networks allow entertainment and communications to flow easily across many devices. Consumer demand, better picture quality, spectrum efficiency, competition, and the ability to offer more revenue generating services are all driving cable operators toward all digital," Dinallo added.

About the Chicago DC 501

The DC 501 Chicago Series set-top box solution offers superior processing power for emerging applications along with outstanding connectivity options, all in a small physical package. Consumers can still keep their current analog televisions and receive all the benefits of this advanced technology.

The Chicago DC 501 is the most powerful standard definition, all-digital box available with an industry leading MIPS processor, best in class memory options and flexible connectivity configurations. It is also the industry's first to offer DSG and OCAP support as options. The Chicago DC 501's innovative design allows the set-top box to stand vertically or lay horizontally. The infrared (IR) receiver extender on Chicago's back panel allows the box to be mounted remotely on a wall or hidden away. The Chicago DC 501 is the first in the series of Chicago all-digital boxes that will be deployed this year.

About Pace Micro Technology

Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leading digital set-top box provider specializing in the development of emerging technologies across all television platforms. Headquartered in the United Kingdom with additional offices in France and Hong Kong, Pace's North and South American office is in Boca Raton, Fla. Please visit Pace's web site at

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