Newport Media Elects Dwight Decker to Board of Directors
LAKE FOREST, Calif., March 5, 2007 - Newport Media, an innovative fabless semiconductor company supplying products to the mobile broadcast media market, today announced that Dwight Decker, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Conexant Systems, Inc., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors as an independent member. Decker’s appointment increases the board membership to five directors.
“I am very delighted to have Dwight as a board member of Newport Media. He brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience to Newport Media’s board,” said Mohy Abdelgany, president and CEO of Newport Media. “Dwight’s market knowledge and expertise will be a great asset as we continue to advance our mobile TV technology and bring products with increased functionality and capabilities to our growing roster of customers.”
Decker, who earned a doctorate in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology, served as Conexant’s chairman and CEO from the time of the company’s spin-off from Rockwell International in January 1999 through Feb. 27, 2004, when the company’s merger with GlobespanVirata was completed. At that time, he became chairman of the board of the combined company, returning to the position of CEO in November 2004. Prior to the Conexant spin-off from Rockwell, Decker was senior vice president of Rockwell and president of Rockwell Semiconductor Systems.
“Newport Media has established itself as a driving force in mobile TV silicon, and the company’s very talented team has already achieved some impressive engineering firsts in this rapidly emerging marketplace,” Decker said. “I am pleased to be joining the board at such an exciting time, and look forward to supporting Newport Media as the company continues to develop industry-leading solutions for the mobile TV market.”
Newport Media’s NMI300 single-chip Sundance H mobile digital TV receiver is the world’s lowest-power single-chip mobile TV receiver for the DVB-H and high mobility DVB-T market segments. It significantly increases viewing time while cutting handset size and cost, and sets key performance records in critical areas that drive digital mobile TV reception and picture quality.
About Newport Media, Inc. Newport Media is a fabless semiconductor company that develops and sells highly integrated solutions for emerging digital audio and mobile TV broadcast standards. Newport Media has assembled a management and development team with comprehensive system semiconductor experience in wireless handset and digital set-top box industries. Newport Media’s development team leverages its collective experience in these converging industries to develop broadcast multimedia architectures and IC implementations with unprecedented performance, power consumption, size and cost. For more information, visit www.newportmediainc.com.
About Conexant Systems, Inc. Conexant’s innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks. Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant’s suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug® and HomePNA™. The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company that recorded revenues of $970.8 million in fiscal year 2006. The company has approximately 3,200 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit www.conexant.com.
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