Phonex Wins 2004 International CES Innovations Design Award

ReadyWire Powerline ASIC Wins 2004 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree in the Software/Embedded Technologies Category

December 15, 2003 - Salt Lake City, UT - Phonex Broadband TM Corporation (www.phonex.com), a world leader in Power Line Carrier (PLC) voice and data communication devices, today announced that the ReadyWireTM Powerline Home Communications Chip has won a Prestigious 2004 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree Award in the Software/Embedded Technologies Category. The new ReadyWireTM Chip will be on display at the Phonex Booth #23014 in the South Hall Upper Level of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2004 International CES Show. Samples will be available in Q1, 2004.


"Phonex is grateful to have been chosen for this CES Innovations Award," said John Knab, CEO of Phonex Broadband. "The ReadyWire Home Communications Chip is among the leading new technologies being presented at the 2004 International CES Show in Las Vegas. ReadyWire offers such advanced performance and features, including the revolutionary TimeSlot QoS, that its completion in Q1, 2004 will bring exciting new applications to the connected home. We are pleased to have CES recognize ReadyWire technology with such a prestigious award."

The Phonex ReadyWire chip provides developers with vastly improved methods for connecting every type of device in the home with voice, streaming audio, Internet video and home automation control. In addition, this new chip uses an ARM 946 processor core with up to 100 MIPS of reserve power. Developers will be able to access this processor to operate other device functions such as device control, modems and MP3 decoders to realize a significant savings in overall system design costs. Its TimeSlot QoS provides a new level of bandwidth management, enabling multiple streams to function without degradation to performance. Co -existent with other powerline technologies, the patented ReadyWire design also offers a broad range of development interfaces. With its available processor power, integrated peripherals and multi -media connectivity, the ReadyWire ASIC chip will enable a new market of inexpensive, connected devices for the home.

The ReadyWire Home Communications Chip enables the following applications:
An embeddable powerline connection for set top boxes
MP3 streaming audio to powerline speakers throughout the home
High -quality, multi -line phone systems over powerline
Embedded powerline phone connections for any device
V.92 MODEM base available to every device in the home
450 Kbps speed for home networking (DSL like speed)
Encrypted home automation and control of 3,750 devices
Secure communication using 3DES encryption

Phonex is well known for its powerline phone jacks. Protected by a strong patent portfolio, the powerline to phone products have been offered through OEM relationships at nearly every major retailer in the United States. Known as the "Wireless Phone Jack" in retail, these products allow the installation of a new phone jack at any electrical outlet. The satellite set -top -box industry has used the Wireless Phone Jack for years to offer a phone connection for their network communication. Phonex' powerline communications experience and years of product development success offer a powerful combination for developers. The ReadyWire Chip will offer a powerful, highly integrated, easy to develop platform for communications within the connected home.
For more information about Phonex products or their availability, readers can contact Phonex at www.phonex.com.

About Phonex
Founded in 1988, Phonex Broadband Corporation, based in Midvale, Utah, is a privately held company recognized as the world's largest supplier of powerline -based voice and data products. Phonex Broadband's proprietary technology enables telephone and data devices to communicate reliably using standard electrical wiring. The technology is protected by multiple patents. Phonex has sold more than 10 million powerline products worldwide and was the first company to market a broadband networking device that turns any electrical outlet into a 10BaseT Ethernet port. Phonex is a member of CEA, the Consumer Electronics Association, and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

Phonex Broadband, ReadyWire, and TimeSlot QoS are trademarks of Phonex Broadband Corporation. All other company names and trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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Cheryl Snapp or Tim Rush
Snapp Norris Group (SNG)
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Company Contact:
Brad Warnock
Phonex Broadband
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