IP Telephony news wrap-up for Dec 16, 1998

8×8 Introduces VoIP Processor Chip
8×8 has announced the introduction of its Audacity Internet Telephony Processor (Audacity ITP) as the basis for cable system VoIP products. The chip supports Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) and H.323 codecs including G.711, G.722, G.723 and G.728. It can support up to eight simultaneous IP phone calls. In addition, the chip combines a RISC microprocessor with a single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) DSP engine to perform full-duplex acoustic echo cancellation, DTMF detection and generation, and fax emulation.

8×8 Introduces VoIP Processor Chip
8×8 has announced the introduction of its Audacity Internet Telephony Processor (Audacity ITP) as the basis for cable system VoIP products. The chip supports Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) and H.323 codecs including G.711, G.722, G.723 and G.728. It can support up to eight simultaneous IP phone calls. In addition, the chip combines a RISC microprocessor with a single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) DSP engine to perform full-duplex acoustic echo cancellation, DTMF detection and generation, and fax emulation.

The Audacity ITP is the foundation of 8×8's recently announced Packet Gateway, an Internet telephony adapter for cable systems. The gateway is designed to connect between the coax cable and the twisted pairs that lead to phone extensions in a home. It uses a MCNS/DOCSIS compliant cable modem to connect the Audacity ITP to the cable network. The Audacity ITP enables the unit to support up to four simultaneous channels of SGCP (MGCP is based on SGCP) audio codecs including G.711, G.722, G.723 and G.728. It can switch between audio codecs both at the initiation of a call and during a call to enhance call quality which is dependent upon network congestion. The device can also work in conjunction with a MGCP Call Agent to support CLASS services such as call waiting, forward, hold, transfer, three-way calling, speed dial, caller ID and call block.

The gateway's codec technology is based on the emerging PacketCable Interface Specification. Prototypes of the gateway are currently available for trial, at a cost of $10,000 per unit.

In addition, Broadcom's newly introduced BCM93300-IP Internet Protocol Telephony reference design, which is based on its BCM single chip cable modem ASIC, also uses the Audacity ITP to support up to four ports of SGCP and H.323 compliant protocols including G.711, G.722, G.723, and G.728. The reference design has been developed to be compliant with PacketCable. The design will enable manufacturers to incorporate IP telephony and videoconferencing capabilities into next-generation cable modems, external wall-mounted network interface units (NIUs), and CATV set-top boxes.

The reference design is currently available. It ships with a cable modem, IP telephony and videoconferencing card schematics, software and drivers.

Last, 3Com and 8×8 have teamed to develop interoperable PacketCable products based on the Audacity IPT technology and 3Com's DOCSIS-compliant US Robotics cable modems and CMTS'.

The Audacity ITP is currently available in either a 208-pin plastic quad flat package (PQFP) or a 225-pad ball grid array (BGA). Two versions are available: one for graphics enabled screen phones and one for audio only products. Both versions are shipped in volume (10,000 units), with the graphics version priced at $40 and the audio version priced at $35.

8×8
http://www.8×8.com

Broadcom
http://www.broadcom.com

3Com
http://www.3com.com

PacketCable
http://www.packetcable.com

GI Adds VoIP Support to Cable Modem System
General Instrument has introduced IP telephony support within its DOCSIS cable modem system for both stand-alone modem and modem embedded in its DCT 5000+ digital set top box.

General Instrument
http://www.gi.com

Samsung to Use 8×8's Technology in Video Phone
Samsung has announced that it has integrated 8×8's Low Bitrate Video Processor chips into its WebPhone. The product supports H.324 for the PSTN or H.323 protocols for IP networks.

The phone is expected to be available early next year.

Samsung
http://www.samsung.com

8×8
http://www.8×8.com

DSP Research Introduces PCI Based Boards
DSP Research has introduced the VIPER-12 549/PCI, a PCI based MVIP DSP resource board. The high density 549 can support up to 60 H.323 vocoders with line echo cancellation. The board combines a high speed PCI interface with an MVIP bus and the power of 12 Texas Instruments TMS320VC549 DSPs. The PCI host bus interface eliminates the host bus transfer bottleneck in high density systems. With 100 MIPS of performance, each DSP can handle multiple channel or port assignments. For less demanding DSP applications, an 80 MIPS per DSP version of the board, the VIPER-12 548/PCI, is available.

The boards are supplied with the QuickSTART DSP operating environment, and host APIs for MVIP switch control and DSP-host communications. Development tools available include Texas Instument's C compiler with assembler and linker, a DSP program loader, and the CodeComposer Debugger.

Single board pricing for the VIPER-12 549/PCI starts at US $6,995, with the VIPER-12 548/PCI priced at US $6,495.

DSP Research
http://www.dspr.com

VIPER-12 549/PCI
http://www.dspr.com/products/vip549pci.htm

Net2Phone Introduces 32-Bit Version of Its VoIP Software
Net2Phone has unveiled version 9.0 of its PC to Phone Internet telephony software. The new 32-bit version downloads and installs quicker, requires less memory in a PC and can be stored in the system tray for faster start-up. The software allows users to store up to 100 speed-dial numbers and it supports PUSH technology enabling CSRs to push web pages. The phone will also enable users to recharge calling accounts directly from the client.

The software is currently available in seven different language versions. It can be downloaded from the company's web site.

Net2Phone
http://www.net2phone.com

Hypercom Integrates AudioCodes VoIP Technology
Hypercom Network Systems has announced that it is planning to integrate AudioCodes' AC4804A-C Quad Channel chips and Voice Framer packetization software into its IP.tel line of carrier-class Internet telephony gateways. The chip supports low bit-rate voice compression, G3 fax relay, silence suppression, and echo cancellation. It provides four independent full-duplex voice/fax channels of user-selectable G.729A, G.723.1, G.727/G.726, G.711, or AudioCodes proprietary NetCoder technology.

The IP.tel line of high-density, Internet telephony gateways can support up to 960 channels of voice and fax.

Audio Codes
http://www.audiocodes.com

Hypercom
http://www.hypercom.com

Iceland Telecom to Offer Delta Three's V/FoIP Services
Iceland Telecom, the largest telco in Iceland, has announced that it has become the 37th provider offering Delta Three's global Internet telephony services. The provider will utilize Ericsson's IPTC gateways to offer its customers phone to phone, PC to phone and fax to fax services to more than 160,000 folks with global connectivity via the Delta Three IP telephony network.

The provider expects to commence services as early as next month.

Delta Three
http://www.deltathree.com

Iceland Telecom
http://www.simi.is/english/english.asp

FaxSav Introduces New Version of Internet Fax Software
FaxSav has announced the availability of Version 1.1 of its FaxLauncher Pro Internet Fax software. The software allows anyone with an Internet connection to send documents from a PC to any fax machine in the world via the FaxSav Global Internet Fax Network. It enables users to create custom cover pages, shared and personal cover page templates and shared and personal address books. The application also provides Internet fax toolbar buttons for MS Word and Excel.

The software is available in Brazilian, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It is priced at US$29.95.

FaxSav
http://www.faxsav.com

Sonus Networks Receives Initial Funding for VoIP Development
Sonus Networks, an IP telephony switch developer, announced that it has received $23 million in start-up capital from Bedrock, Charles River Ventures, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Bessemer Venture Partners. The company will use the funds to develop Internet telephony switch products.

Sonus Networks
http://www.sonusnet.com

Intel Invests in Clarent
Intel announced that it has made an investment in Clarent. Financial details were not disclosed. The companies plan to further develop Clarent's IP telephony technologies to run over a wide array of platforms including broadband. Clarent is also developing support for Intel's planned Merced processing system.

Intel
http://www.intel.com

Clarent
http://www.clarent.com

 

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