Agere Systems claims top spot on semiconductor list

20 June 2003 Allentown, PA Lightwave -- Agere Systems is planting its flag on top of the chip world, based on research conducted by iSuppli. The electronics market research firm has ranked Agere as the number one provider of semiconductors for wired communications equipment for 2002.

20 June 2003 Allentown, PA Lightwave -- Agere Systems is planting its flag on top of the chip world, based on research conducted by iSuppli. The electronics market research firm has ranked Agere as the number one provider of semiconductors for wired communications equipment for 2002.

iSuppli will release its findings today in a report entitled "Networking and Optical Communications 2003 Competitive Analysis-Market Share and Supplier Analysis." According to the report, Agere also ranked first in the supply of semiconductors to both the SONET/SDH framers and mappers and ATM segments. In these two segments, Agere enjoys 26.6 percent of SONET/SDH and 30 percent of the ATM segment.

"Agere held on to the number one position in wired communications ICs in what was one of the most difficult market environments the semiconductor industry has ever seen," said Steve Rago, principal analyst of iSuppli's networking and optical practice.

"We are gaining share with network equipment providers by delivering multiservice solutions that reduce their costs and bring new features to market rapidly," said Sohail Khan, executive vice president of Agere's Infrastructure Systems Group.

Agere offers devices for several types of ATM-based networks. SONET/SDH chips include physical media devices, physical layer devices, framers, mappers and overhead processing standard and custom ICs used at OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, OC-192 and OC-768 speeds.

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