ZyXEL To Work With Intel To Develop Dimension Layer 3 Switches

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March 10, 2003

Hsinchu, March 10, 2003 --ZyXEL Communications Co., (TAI: 2391.TW), world's leading broadband access solution vendor, today announced that it has chosen Intel(R) Media Switch silicon as the switching engine for its upcoming Dimension ES-4024 Layer 3 switches.

Designed for enterprise backbone and Metro Area Networks (MAN) applications, ZyXEL's Dimension ES-4024 incorporates the Intel(R) Media Switch IXE2424 and features 24-port 10/100 with two Gigabit slots and one 2-Gigabit stacking port. With Layer 3 at wire speed IP switching, the Dimension ES-4024 provides 12.8Gbps non-blocking switching capability.

In addition, The Dimension ES-4024 provides 4K VLAN ID and rule-based Quality of Service (QoS). Comprehensive MAC filtering and broadcast storm control enable the ES-4024 to block unnecessary traffics. Web-based GUI, Telnet and local console provide easy but powerful network management. SNMP and RMON make network administration easy and efficient. With optional module, 2 Gigabit slots support versatile uplink requirement like GBIC, 1000Base-SX/LX, 1000Base-T and 100FX.

"Entering the Layer 3 switch market shows another distinctive milestone for ZyXEL," said Yuh-Lung Chen, Senior Vice President of Central Office Equipment Business Unit at ZyXEL. " We see great opportunities from this new collaboration with Intel to extend our high-performance Dimension switch business, enabling us to provide our customers with a full range of options to support their diverse network application needs."

"The Intel(R) Media Switch IXE2424 is a key member of our Intel Media Switch family. It facilitates the design of high port density and high-performance Ethernet switching systems," said Perry Blackney, Marketing Director, Intel Communications Group, Asia-Pacific. "ZyXEL's decision to use the IXE2424 is testimonial to Intel's leadership in Ethernet connectivity."

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Co. (TAI:2391.TW), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is world's leading broadband access solution vendor. ZyXEL's broad line of Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions including access multiplexors, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit company's Website at http://www.zyxel.com