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Bel's SIMPLE Module Instantly Adds HomePlug 1.0 Functionality to Existing Embedded Systems
[September 28, 2004]

Bel's SIMPLE Module Instantly Adds HomePlug 1.0 Functionality to Existing Embedded Systems

JERSEY CITY, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 28, 2004 -- New Module Synthesizes Intellon's INT5200 IC, Plus Components and Circuitry for All-Encompassing Powerline Networking Solution

Bel (Nasdaq:BELFA) and (Nasdaq:BELFB), a premier developer of magnetic-based solutions for high-speed networking and computing applications, today announced the addition of two SIMPLE(TM) powerline modules, the 0804-5000-03, and -04, to its Bel product offering. Incorporating Intellon's INT5200 integrated circuit, the new Single Inline Package (SIP) devices are engineered to provide OEMs and OEDs with a single component solution for building HomePlug(TM) 1.0 powerline functionality into a wide range of residential and commercial products including desktop PCs, broadband modems, media centers, networked audio, video and gaming devices. Featuring front end circuitry to enhance its performance in embedded applications as well as those utilizing AC and DC cords, these low-power modules are provided in right angle and vertical configurations to further optimize design flexibility. Moreover, as they feature Intellon's proprietary SIMPLE PowerBus(TM) header, and are pin and function compatible with legacy Intellon SIMPLE modules, time-to-market and engineering costs associated with new designs are minimized. The SIP modules are among the first in a series of new products engineered to support HomePlug compliant ICs from Intellon, a Bel manufacturing partner.

These state-of-the-art CMOS devices may be confidently specified for use in systems engineered to allow users access to the Internet and connect computers and consumer entertainment devices at speeds up to 14Mbps over existing powerlines. Bel's powerline modules are appropriate in products with an embedded power supply (e.g. wall plug adapters), or in those where they function to drive Intellon's PowerPacket(TM) signal through AC or DC electrical cords directly to the power outlet or external AC/DC adapter. Additionally, as modules feature the fully integrated HomePlug powerline networking controller, the host interface can be configured for MII/GPSI (MAC or PHY mode) or MII Host/DTE.

Among the devices' most common embedded networking and consumer applications are on boards employed in home networking (SOHO), security cameras, powerline adapters, routers, DSL and cable modems, MP3 players, Internet appliances, gaming consoles, and extending the range of wireless LANs.

Boasting a compact 2.165" x 0.669" footprint, modules integrate the crystal, EEPROM, discrete filters, TX/RX power amplifiers, and regulators, along with Intellon's INT5200 single-chip PowerPacket transceiver to provide a true system-on-chip (SOC) design. The only external components required are the PLC coupler, and transient protection on the AC side of the main power supply. The PLC couplers are optionally available from Bel.

Prices for the 0804-5000-03 and -04 SIMPLE powerline modules average $15.00 each in production quantities. Delivery is from stock to 12 weeks.

HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc.

Intellon, PowerPacket, SIMPLE and SIMPLE PowerBus are registered trademarks of Intellon Corporation.

About Bel

Bel ( and its subsidiaries are primarily engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of products used in networking, telecommunications, high speed data transmission, automotive and consumer electronics. Products include magnetics (discrete components, power transformers and MagJack(R) connectors with integrated magnetics), modules (DC/DC converters, integrated analog front end modules, custom designs), circuit protection (miniature, micro and surface mount fuses) and interconnect devices (passive jacks, plugs and cable assemblies). The Company operates facilities around the world.

Information contained in this news release (including information regarding the SIMPLE(TM) modules) may constitute forward looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the effect of business and economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing; capacity and supply constraints or difficulties; product development, commercializing or technological difficulties; the regulatory and trade environment; and the risk factors reported from time to time in the Company's SEC reports.

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