SOURCE: Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications

September 14, 2009 08:00 ET

Ikanos Appoints DSL Pioneer as Chief Technology Officer

Debu Pal to Lead Development of Next Generation of Advanced Broadband

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today announced that DSL technologist and pioneer Debajyoti "Debu" Pal has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief technology officer.

"Debu is an expert in developing innovative xDSL technologies and possesses a depth of experience in the communications market that few can match," said Michael Gulett, president and CEO of Ikanos. "Under Debu's leadership we expect to expand our technical initiatives and accelerate the development of semiconductor and software products that enable the delivery of broadband throughout the digital home."

A 27-year veteran in the communication and semiconductor industry, Pal has extensive experience identifying and developing new technologies and products, and a proven record of successfully bringing products from concept phase to product delivery. Prior to joining Ikanos, Pal spent over five years at Tallwood Venture Capital in a variety of roles, including CTO and executive-in-residence. His extensive communications experience includes founding Telicos Corporation, a developer of 10 Gigbit Ethernet over copper physical layer (PHY) technology, and Excess Bandwidth Corporation, an xDSL PHY chipset company that was acquired by Virata Corporation. At Virata, Pal was a vice president, responsible for xDSL PHY technology and IC product development. In addition, his communications industry experience includes key senior technical and technical management roles at ADSL and VDSL technology pioneer, Amati Communications Corporation (acquired by Texas Instruments), and senior technical positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was involved in developing algorithms, architectures, ICs and systems for wire line as well as wireless communications. Pal started his carrier at Intel Corporation, where he was on the 80286-microprocessor design engineering team.

Pal holds seven U.S. patents, has published more than 30 technical papers, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served as a consulting professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University over the last 12 years. He received a B.Tech. (Honors) degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India; a M.S.E.E. degree from Washington State University; and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

"Ikanos is well positioned with an array of advanced technologies and patents," said Pal. "I am excited to help lead our continuing developments to advance broadband deployments worldwide."

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 multi-mode VDSL2/ADSLx, network processor 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

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Cautionary Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risk and uncertainty regarding future growth, overall prospects and the ability of the new chief technology officer to lead Ikanos to new levels of success. This forward-looking statement is subject to a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks, including overall economic and business conditions, market acceptance of new products and the continued growth of the market for broadband solutions and services. One should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. 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 the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K. We cannot assure that the events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statement will be achieved or occur, nor do we undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release.

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