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Conexant Agrees To Be Acquired By Golden Gate Capital And Terminates Merger Agreement With SMSC

Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNXT), a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications, today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Gold Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, under which Gold Holdings, Inc. has agreed to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Conexant common stock at a price of $2.40 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2011 subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements, approval by Conexant stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

Conexant also announced that it has terminated its previously announced agreement with Standard Microsystems Corporation (NASDAQ:SMSC) and paid to Standard Microsystems Corporation the $7.7 million termination fee provided for under that agreement.

About Conexant

Conexant’s portfolio of innovative semiconductor solutions includes products for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit www.conexant.com.

Additional Information About the Transaction

Conexant will file a proxy statement and other relevant documents concerning the proposed merger transaction with Gold Holdings, Inc. (the “Transaction”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to stockholders of Conexant. Investors and stockholders of Conexant are urged to read the proxy statement and any other relevant documents when they become available because they will contain important information about the Transaction. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available) and other related documents filed by Conexant with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by accessing Conexant’s website at www.conexant.com and clicking on the “Investors” link and then clicking on the link for “Financial Information” and then clicking on the link for “SEC Filings”.

Participants in the Transaction

Conexant and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Conexant’s stockholders in respect of the Transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of Conexant’s stockholders in connection with the Transaction, including the interests of such participants in the Transaction, will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about Conexant’s executive officers and directors in Conexant’s definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on December 10, 2010. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Conexant using the contact information above.

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