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RC Networks, Inc.™, a leading provider of in-building broadband access equipment, today announced that it has selected Agere Systems’ (NYSE: AGR.A) ATM port controller (APC) for its new RC8500 family of in-building ATM-based access concentrators. RC Networks’ product line is designed to meet the demanding performance and cost objectives of the rapidly growing broadband access markets. Agere Systems will exhibit this technology in Booth 3947 at SUPERCOMM 2001 in Atlanta, Ga. this week.

RC Networks made its decision after reviewing the products of several semiconductor vendors. It selected Agere Systems’ APC because of its flexibility, performance and ability to meet RC Networks’ stringent product requirements.

“One of the key advantages of Agere Systems’ APC is the scheduling system employed in the design which provides considerable flexibility in achieving our Quality of Service (QoS) and throughput requirements,” said Seton Kasmir, founder, chairman and chief technology officer of RC Networks.

“We’re pleased that RC Networks has chosen our current port card and switching solution for its new RC8500 product family,” said Jim Sepko, segment marketing manager, Agere Systems. “Our APC has achieved wide acceptance in various markets due to its extensive feature set and performance. It’s the only single-chip solution that provides this wide-ranging feature set at full-duplex 622 Mbits/s.”

Two aspects of Agere Systems’ APC design are its scheduling and buffer management systems. They feature multiple schedulers of various types, which are optimised for the requirements of specific traffic classes. The APC also uses advanced buffer management algorithms to maximise the number of calls admitted for a given buffer space.

RC Networks’ RC8500 ATM Access Concentrator family is an in-building, ATM-based platform that supports QoS for high-speed data, voice and video connections. The RC8500 features full rate ADSL and G.SHDSL models – each with up to 48 ports – that provide superior flexibility, time-to-installation and affordability for the multi-dwelling unit (MDU), multi-tenant unit (MTU) and hospitality markets.

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For further information contact:

Donna Burke
RC Networks
+1 858 450 3436 ext. 1243
dburke@rcnets.com
SUPERCOMM 2001 - Booth #8516

Press contact:
Catherine Eyres/Mary Brain
Strategic Alliance
+44 (0) 1494 434434
catherinee/maryb@strategicpr.net

Lori Higa
Agere
+1 408 980 3860 (office)
+1 650 619 7538 (cellular)
higa@agere.com
SUPERCOMM 2001 - Booth #3947


About RC Networks

RC Networks, Inc., based in San Diego, Calif., is a privately held, venture-backed company that develops and markets DSL-driven, in-building broadband access products for the global MTU, MDU and hospitality markets. These high-speed Internet access solutions enable carriers and other service providers to offer high-performance data, voice and video services easily and cost effectively. For more information, visit http://www.rcnets.com.

About Agere Systems

Agere Systems Inc., formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies, is the world leader in semiconductors for communications applications. Lucent has announced it intends to spin off Agere Systems as an independent company. Agere Systems offers integrated optoelectronics and integrated circuits solutions to help customers reduce the time and expense of developing new communications equipment. It also provides wireless computer networking solutions through its ORiNOCOÔ product line. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at http://www.agere.com.

More information about Agere products described herein including online data sheets; application notes and notifications can be found at http://www.agere.com. Customers may also call the Agere Systems Customer Response Center from the US at 1-800-372-2447, Dept. N93; in Canada 1-800-553-2448; fax number 1-610-712- 4106, outside of North America, call 1-610-712-4323; email: docmaster@micro.lucent.com; or write to Agere Systems, Room 30L-15P-BA, 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, Pa. 18109.




This release contains forward-looking statements based on information available to Agere as of the date hereof. Agere’s actual results could differ materially from those results stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, completion of the distribution of Agere stock by Lucent Technologies Inc., price and product competition, keeping pace with technological change, dependence on new product development, reliance on major customers and suppliers, customer demand for our products and services, availability of manufacturing capacity, components and materials, control of costs and expenses, general industry and market conditions and growth rates and general domestic and international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see the prospectus filed by Ag!
ere with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2001. Agere disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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