Abilis Acquires Two Product Lines From Freescale Semiconductor

    Deal Further Demonstrates Abilis Technology Leadership in RF Solutions
    for Digital TV Market

    GENEVA, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company,
(SWX:KUD) and a pioneer RF semiconductor company, announces the acquisition of
Freescale Semiconductor CMOS Modulators and Silicon Tuner product lines. The
acquisition of these assets will allow Abilis to expand its broad portfolio of
leading, silicon-based digital TV (DTV) and tuner solutions and better address
the needs of the growing digital TV market, and in particular of Digital
Terrestrial (DTT) and cable platforms. It will enable Abilis to support the
growth of Pay-TV operators by combining its innovative cutting-edge technology
with well-established and proven technology and knowledge from one of the most
relevant global chip manufacturers. Furthermore, this extension of product
portfolio and related skills and competences will further enhance its
expertise in this area with the integration within Abilis of the dedicated
team from Freescale.
    Abilis will begin selling these products under the Abilis brand effective
October 1, 2009. Key members of the Freescale Digital Home Operations (DHO)
team who support these products have transitioned to the Abilis Chandler,
Arizona-based product team. Freescale and Abilis Systems are jointly committed
to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the current client base. Abilis
is securing a high quality of service and the sustainability and timeliness of
product delivery.
    The acquired portfolio of innovative, high-performance CMOS modulators
and silicon tuners are targeting the rapidly expanding DTV market, where
Freescale is currently the world-leader supplier of modulators. These products
include a family of CMOS modulator chips as well as high performance silicon
tuners that are increasingly being integrated in favor of bulky, can-type
tuners in DTV applications. The performance, low cost and versatility of these
devices has given Freescale broad market acceptance in the HDTV market.
    "Adding the Freescale CMOS modulator and silicon tuner products to our
portfolio of RF devices further strengthens our comprehensive family of DTV
solutions," said Yves Mathys, CEO of Abilis. "The Freescale CMOS modulator and
silicon tuner products have received strong customer acceptance. This
transaction enables Abilis to further expand its presence in the silicon-based
DTV market segment."
    Additional information on this agreement is accessible at

    About Freescale Semiconductor

    Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture
of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and
networking markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and
has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations around
the world.

    About Abilis Systems

    Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, provides true single-chip RF
CMOS solutions to receive digital TV broadcasts. By utilizing software-defined
radio architectures to guarantee the highest quality of service in all
reception conditions, combined with the latest low power technology, Abilis
Systems enables a small footprint, low power television receiver which can
support fix and mobile digital TV. Abilis Systems, headquartered in Geneva,
Switzerland, also actively co-operates with sister companies of the Kudelski
Group to develop complete hardware/software packages for highly secured
conditional access systems.
    For more information, visit http://www.abilis.com.

For further information:

For further information: Freescale Media Contacts: Jack Taylor,
Freescale Semiconductor, (512) 996-5161 Office, (512) 560-7143 Mobile,
jack.taylor@freescale.com; Abilis Systems/Kudelski Group (General contact),
Sukhjeet Hothi, Abilis Systems Sarl, VP Sales & Marketing, +41-22-706-19-00,
sukhjeet.hothi@abilis.com; Daniel Herrera (contact for general interest
media), Kudelski Group, Head of Corporate Communications, +41-21-732-01-81,
daniel.herrera@nagra.com; Santino Rumasuglia, (Contact for investors and
financial analysts), Head of Investor Relations, Kudelski Group,
+41-21-732-01-24, santino.rumasuglia@nagra.com

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