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Virata UPnP software to revolutionise next generation HP imaging and printing products

LONDON November 29, 2001 - Virata Corporation [Nasdaq: VRTA] today announced that its Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) software has been selected for use in future imaging and printing products from the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Virata's UPnP software is expected to help HP provide customers with
next-generation products that can automatically communicate and share data with any Windows XP PC or UPnP-enabled device on their home network.

Product offerings from HP likely to incorporate the software include the HP Jetdirect family of print servers used to connect HP's printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, digital imaging equipment and multi-function peripherals to a network.

"With the Virata software, companies such as HP can easily add UPnP functionality to their products - turning them into intelligent devices that work right out of the box by simply plugging them into the home network," said Steve Makgill, vice president of software product marketing at Virata. "Our UPnP solution is ideal for many markets, including home routers, PC peripherals, imaging products and consumer electronics, and can enable our customers to compete successfully in these growing new markets."

"HP shares with Virata a commitment to make network connectivity for devices simple, and Virata's UPnP software is a critical piece in making this possible," said George Mulhern, vice president and general manager of connectivity, HP Imaging and Printing Systems. "Virata's UPnP software complements HP's vision of an always on/always connected world, helping us introduce products that bring the benefits of the networked home to our customers."


About Virata's UPnP Solution

Part of Virata's standalone software product offerings, Virata's EmWeb UPnP software is the world's first turnkey multi-platform UPnP software for embedded system developers which is bundled with a patented HTTP/1.1 Client, Server and an XML parser. It is intended to accelerate the move to intelligent, self-configuring, easy-to-use home and business networks that include everything from PCs to PDAs, digital cameras and digital video recorders. Available now to developers, EmWeb UPnP runs on the following embedded OS environments, among others: VxWorks, Linux, ATMOS and POSIX/Unix. Virata's UPnP functionality is also available as a fully integrated part of Virata's Integrated Software on Silicon(tm) (ISOS(tm)) Release 8.1 platform to provide full support for NAT Traversal functionality as defined by the UPnP Forum Internet Gateway working group.


What is UPnP

UPnP is a networking architecture that enables network devices of all forms, such as PCs, PDAs, printers, broadband routers, consumer electronics, etc., to be truly plug and play on the home network. UPnP devices are designed to seamlessly connect and communicate with each other over any TCP/IP network without the need for user configuration, centralized servers, PCs, or product-specific driver software.

What makes UPnP even more appealing is the fact that it builds upon existing standards and technologies, such as TCP/IP and HTTP, and leads the way to greatly simplifying consumer-service activation for a wide range of service types. Currently supported by Windows Me and Windows XP, UPnP is positioned to become a powerful networking technology and is capable of enabling a truly intelligent home or office, where smart devices communicate, self configure and bring a wide array of services and information to the users' fingertips.

For more information on UPnP, please visit the UPnP Forum website at http://www.upnp.org


About Virata

Virata provides communications software and semiconductors to manufacturers of DSL, wireless, satellite and other broadband networking equipment. Virata's suite of processor-independent software products provide developers with complete, field-proven implementations of networking functions, including MPLS and web servers, removing the need to write and validate new software code.

Virata also pre-integrates its extensive suite of communications software with its powerful and cost-effective communications processors to create Virata-EnabledTM ISOS products. These ISOS solutions assist customers in developing a diverse range of broadband wireless and wireline equipment including DSL modems, gateways, routers, and integrated access devices targeted at the voice and high-speed data network access and customer premises markets.

Virata's products also help equipment manufacturers to simplify product development, reduce the time it takes for products to reach the market and focus resources on product differentiation and improvement. Virata is a member of the ATM Forum, Bluetooth SIG organization, the DSL Forum, HomePNA, ITU, MPLS Forum, WC3 consortium, OpenDSL consortium and UPnP Forum. A publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Stock Market, Virata was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

For more information, please visit http://www.virata.com

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