December 01, 2000

The Athena Group, Inc., Gains VP of Sales & Marketing

Gainesville, Florida - December 01, 2000 - The Athena Group, Inc., today announced the appointment of Pat Rugg as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Athena, Mr. Rugg served as a Senior Account Manager at Synopsys, Inc., the leading provider of the complex integrated circuit (IC) design tools. From 1988 through 1993, Mr. Rugg was employed by Harris Corp. as Lead Engineer where he developed advanced avionics products.

"Athena's technology offers immense potential: fast and small, yet scalable to extraordinary performance levels," said Mr. Rugg. "This combination of world-class performance, reduced area and power, and the wide spectrum of DSP applications Athena enables - especially in the emerging consumer markets - is very exciting. Athena's growth over the last year has been tremendous and I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in such a dynamic environment."

About The Athena Group, Inc.

The Athena Group, Inc. licenses high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) technology that delivers breakthrough performance, reduced area, and reduced power consumption in a broad range of system on a chip (SoC) products. Athena's unique patent-pending technology powers such leading edge applications as modems, wireless communications, and video compression. In addition to their high value application-level solutions, Athena also produces a full line of fundamental DSP functions, all suitable for system on a chip (SoC) integration. Athena is a privately held corporation located in Gainesville, FL. Visit The Athena Group athttp://www.athena-group.com™.