Ikanos and Aricent Collaborate on Production-Ready Platform for Next-Generation Access Devices

Fremont, Calif., and Palo Alto, Calif., January 6, 2010 – Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, and Aricent™, a global innovation, technology and service company focused exclusively on communications, today introduced a production-ready platform for advanced next-generation broadband access products. By combining Aricent’s Converged Access Solution (CAS) software with the field proven Ikanos’ Fusiv® Vx180 communications processor, the companies are enabling service providers and network equipment manufacturers to rapidly deliver next-generation access devices that support the evolving multimedia, telephony and storage requirements of the digital home.

In addition to wireline broadband access technologies, Aricent’s feature rich software for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) integrates seamlessly with Ikanos’ Fusiv communication processors enabling a unified platform for advanced wireless broadband access devices including mobile broadband routers (MBR) and femtocell base stations.

“Worldwide demand for advanced wireless and wireline broadband services continues to escalate and drive the need for faster development of advanced customer premises equipment,” said Craig Garen, COO at Ikanos. “By collaborating with partners like Aricent, we are advancing the development of equipment that expands the mechanism by which multimedia services are delivered to the digital home.”

Ikanos’ Fusiv Vx180 is a low-power, single-chip communications processor that incorporates a MIPS-based™ CPU core capable of 500 MHz processing speeds, digital signal processor (DSP)-based VoIP capabilities and security. The Fusiv Vx180 offers advanced processing power, wire speed performance and best-in-class quality of service (QoS). Additionally, the Vx180-based production-ready platform easily integrates with home networking technologies, such as MoCA™, Home PNA™, HomePlug® and 802.11a/b/g/n.

The integration of Fusiv Vx180 and Aricent’s CAS software enables service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively.

Aricent CAS is a comprehensive control plane software solution designed for equipment manufacturers to simplify product development and shorten time to market for innovative new residential and small business multi-service gateways. CAS integrates all of the key software components needed for building multi-service, broadband enabled gateways. The Ikanos/Aricent gateway software stack enables the creation of multiple products based on a single software platform, alleviating the need to develop software in house or integrate various software products from multiple vendors. Aricent provides true carrier-class readiness and robust quality control, as indicated by Aricent’s Level 5 Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI) and TL9000 certifications - significant achievements in quality for telecommunications equipment.

“Aricent is focused on providing OEMs with comprehensive software frameworks and services, ultimately reducing development risk and costs,” said C P Murali, senior vice president at Aricent. “Using the integrated platform from Ikanos and Aricent, network equipment manufacturers can quickly introduce new gateway products with the latest technology, thereby advancing the global communications ecosystem.”

About Aricent

Aricent is a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications. Aricent combines the leading innovation capabilities of frog design with unparalleled domain expertise in communications as a strategic supplier to the world's foremost infrastructure, application and service providers. The company’s investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. For more information, visit http://www.aricent.com.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc,

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company’s broadband DSL, communications processors and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world’s leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.ikanos.com.

© 2010 Ikanos Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ikanos Communications, Ikanos, the Ikanos logo, the Bandwidth without boundaries tagline, Fusiv, Fx, FxS, iQV and Ikanos Velocity are among the trademarks or registered trademarks of Ikanos Communications. All other trademarks mentioned herein are properties of their respective holders.

Cautionary Statement

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this press release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Important factors that may cause such a difference with respect to the successful deployment of a production-ready platform from Aricent and Ikanos include, without limitation, market acceptance of the products, the ability of Aricent and Ikanos to deliver timely all of the features required by network equipment manufacturers and carriers in each region in which the products will be sold, the ability to meet competitors’ pricing, and the demand for advanced gateway products. For a further discussion of the risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Ikanos’ Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Ikanos Communications cannot assure that the events and circumstances reflected in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, nor does Ikanos Communications undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release.

Contact

Susan Lehman
Rockpoint Public Relations
Tel: 510 832 6006
Email: susan@rockpointpr.com

Margo Westfall
Ikanos Communications
Tel: 510 438 6276
Email: mwestfall@ikanos.com

Steven Manuel
Aricent
Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing
Tel: +1 650 391 1621
Email: steven.manuel@aricent.com

Varun Dubey
Aricent
Manager, Corporate Marketing, APAC
Tel: +91 9711367093
Email: varun.dubey@aricent.com

Paula Muezerie
Europe: AxiCom
Tel: +44 208 392 4081
Email: aricent@axicom.com

Shikha Singh Sehrawat
India: Text 100
Tel: +91 981 175 7369
Email: shikhas@text100.co.in

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