Huawei-3Com Selects Passave Silicon for China´s Expanding Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Market
8/8/2005

Leading OEM´s Move Expected to Act as Catalyst for Rapid Deployment of Low-price, Gigabit-speed EPON Service.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 8, 2005&<8212;Passave, the leading provider of semiconductors for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband access equipment, today announced that Huawei-3Com has selected Passave´s Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) chips for deployment in its Quidway S6500 Series Switch product line. The Quidway S6500 is designed for gigabit-speed delivery of data, voice, and video over fiber and is expected to provide users a significantly lower cost for EPON-based broadband service.

Huawei-3Com researches, develops, and manufactures a full line of data communications products. The company´s comprehensive portfolio of customized, IP-based networking solutions and services is inventive, cost-effective, and feature-rich. The Passave chip solution will allow Huawei-3Com to usher in continuous cost reduction for gigabit-speed EPON solutions, and thereby contribute to the rapid expansion of fiber-based broadband growth in China.

"We view gigabit-EPON technology as one of the most advanced and mature solutions for delivery of access networks," said Xiang Ying Cao, vice president of Huawei-3Com. "By cooperating with Passave, we are able to develop mature gigabit-EPON solutions for the Quidway switch product line in a very short time frame. This move has allowed Huawei-3Com to maintain a leadership position within the industry and to drive down costs."

"Huawei-3Com is a leader in the fiber-based broadband systems that are redefining access networks in China," said Ariel Maislos, president of Passave. "We are honored to be chosen by such a leader and broadband innovator to help expand the fiber-access revolution."

This announcement provides further evidence of Passave´s growth and its leading position in key Asian markets. Since its founding in 2001, Passave has grown to more than 100 employees on three continents and has shipped more than five million ports of FTTH silicon. Passave´s optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU) devices are deployed in volume by Japan´s major carriers, and Passave´s low-cost, highly integrated EPON chipset is ideally suited to the requirements of carriers in China for cost-competitive broadband delivery and services.

Huawei-3Com´s Quidway S6500 Series Switch product with integral Passave FTTH silicon will begin shipping in volume in the third quarter of 2005.

About Huawei-3Com
Huawei-3Com Co., Ltd is a joint venture company established by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd and 3Com. The company offers enterprises of all sizes and public-sector organizations worldwide a full portfolio of IP-based networking solutions and services that are innovative and feature-rich and offer a superior return on investment. Huawei-3Com has considerable R and D operations in China, with R and D centers in Hangzhou, Beijing, and Shenzhen. More than half of its 2600 employees are engaged in R and D. For further information, please visit www.huawei-3com.com.

About Passave, Inc.
Passave is the world´s leading supplier of FTTH (fiber to the home) silicon for the access network, having shipped over a million devices. Passave´s field-proven gigabit FTTH access devices use Passave´s GigaPASSTM architecture to deliver comprehensive, standards-compliant Quality-of-Service for advanced services such as "triple play" - data, video, and voice on a single network - and the industry´s highest level of integration. Passave solutions provide the lowest-cost bill of materials (BOM), the highest performance, and the shortest time-to-market for FTTH system suppliers. Passave GigaPASS architecture characteristics such as open-source software platforms and flexible hardware features allow system OEMs to differentiate their products by developing their own custom features. Passave has facilities in Santa Clara, California, Herzilya, Israel, Toyko, Japan, with customer support teams in China and Korea. For more information about Passave, visit www.passave.com/.

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