IP Telephony news wrap-up for Apr 25 – 2007

WiFiMobile has launched a VoWiFi service for S60 handset users that supports free VoWiFi calling between users connected to a WiFi network. The company offers a plan for calling phones not connected to WiFi but the company’s web site fails to specify the costs associated with the service. WiFiMobile does mention that VoIP calls can be initiated outside of a WiFi network but that the service makes users subject to the cell phone provider’s existing 3G data plan, which in some instances can be more costly than using the cell provider’s voice service.

The concept of a VoWiFi provider is timely, but WiFiMobile seems to be prematurely launching. The company’s web site is short of valuable information in understanding its plans and pricing. Further, the web site and press announcement fail to publish a phone number, even to a PR representative. There is a message board linked to the WiFiMobile site, but the posts just further underscore the confusing nature of the services being offered.

The inclusion of this story in the IP Pulse is not to criticize WiFiMobile’s service, but to note the imminent emergence of a huge VoIP trend that will provide consumer service exclusively to mobile handsets and devices. In addition to the growing number of municipal wireless networks that are being established, Time Warner just agreed to let its cable modem users deploy Fon’s Wi-Fi routers, which establishes a consumer’s connection as a public Wi-Fi spot. Bandwidth allocation is controlled by the consumers operating the routers. Fon is working with Google and Skype capital, ensuring that it will take off.

Time Warner
Nokia S60
Ikanos Communications has introduced Fusiv Vx180, a single chip VDSL2 gateway processor for multi-play residential gateways that provides 2.7 GHz of processing power and supports all VDSL2 profiles. The technology achieves wire speed performance across all LAN and WAN interfaces. It supports QoS, and triple play features such as DRR and SRA. The Vx180 supports maximum interleaver and deinterleaver memory for high levels of Impulse Noise Protection.

The processor features a set of peripherals and interfaces that integrate with home networking technologies such as 802.11n, MoCA and HomePNA. IPsec and SSL VPN implentations are enabled through the use of on-chip crytographic engines.

Ikanos provides support software that includes OS independent drivers for Ethernet, xDSL and integrated peripherals. The Linux software includes a networking stack, voice processing and network management functions.

The Vx180 is currently available in sample quantities.

Ikanos Communications
Texas Instruments is licensing the Low Delay AAC super wideband codec from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS to develop High Definition VoIP solutions. The technology is able to transmit voice at a sample rate of up to 48 KHz, offering significant sound quality improvements over traditional narrowband and wideband voice codecs. The technology provides near-CD quality audio at data-rates of 48 – 64 kbps for better clarity with applications like VoIP, IPTV, as well as transmission of music over the phone.

Texas Instruments
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
Motorola will acquire Terayon for $140 million in cash, paying $1.80 per share for a stock that trades on the Pink Sheets.

Terayon was a hot start-up in the mid-90’s as the company campaigned to get its S-CDMA technology embraced as a standard for cable modems. Later in the decade, the company evolved from a chip supplier to a cable modem vendor. Last year, the company changed strategies again, dumping the cable modem business to focus on digital ad insertion.

In separate news, In a FMC play, Motorola placed an equity investment in Vocera Communications, developers of a VoWi-Fi network that enables mobile workers to communicate using a voice controlled badge rather than a standard mobile phone. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vocera Communications
APconnections has introduced NetEqualizer, a bandwidth shaping appliance that maintains QoS for voice on VLAN networks by dynamically and automatically giving priority to VoIP and email over other types of IP traffic. Used largely in office parks and municipal networks, the technology handles traffic in both directions without use of TOS bits.

Raza Microelectronics (RMI) has introduced MC4104, an AMC card for IP networking, VoIP, WLAN, 3G, braodband, storage, router, switch, and security applications.

The MC4104 is a low-end card configured at 4 Gbps applications. It is offered with a choice of three of the company’s XLR500 series processors, The card includes GigE ports via either front-plate or connector and 1Gb of DDR2 memory (SO-RDIMM w/ECC for user upgradeable option up to 2Gb) and 128 MB Flash memory. The new product is a single-wide, extended-height form factor AMC Card that is fully compliant with PICMG AMC.0 with IPMI 1.5 and AMC.1 Type 4/AMC.2 Type E2.

RMIís XLR500 processors integrate up to 32 fine-grain threads from eight MIPS64 CPUS, three full-speed on-chip interconnects, multi-level caches, autonomous security accelaration engine, quad memory controllers, quad Gigabit Ethernet MACs, Look-Aside interface, PCI-X and GPIO.

The MC4104 is currently available with full production anticipated by the third quarter of this year. Pricing isn’t being publicly disclosed.

NetLogic Microsystems has introduced NL8000, a knowledge based processor for networking equipment. The processor features support of 1.2 BDPS; support of 40 Gbps aggregate throughput; the ability to parse decisions into 64 unique processing elements; and support for more than 500K QoS or ACL entries.

NetLogic Microsystems
InterWorking Labs has introduced iSpeedbump, a bandwidth shaping technology for businesses that prioritizes voice over other IP traffic. The product is available for $499.

InterWorking Labs
Fusion has launched a hosted IP PBX service to SMBs that features a bundle of local and long distance calling, voicemail and a full set of calling features. The service is currently available in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The provider is considering expansion to metro D.C., Southern California, as well as Latin American markets, but hasn’t established a time frame for broadening its service footprint.

Centillium Communications has introduced Entropia IV, a SoC processor for VoIP equipment that embeds DSP and RISC processors. The technology can achieve better than 30 GMAC/s of DSP processing and one GOP of network processing to drive more than 1,000 voice channels per chip. The processor consumes less than 3mW per channel of power, including external SDRAM.

The Entropia IV is available now and includes software, documentation, and reference designs.

Centillium Communications

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