1. Net6 Unveils Broadcasting Module to Gateway Solution
Net6 has introduced the ScreenTop Push Server, an optional softblade module for its Transformation Gateway. The module is designed to broadcast text, graphics and audio to IP phones in real-time. The technology is downloaded from the gateway onto a computer provided IIS equipped Windows server.
The module is initially supported by Cisco 7960 and 7940 IP phones. The module goes for $495 for 50 users. For 5,000 users, the price is $6,995.
The Transformation Gateway is a network based appliance that delivers large screen business applications to IP phone screens.
In a separate announcement, Net6 has announced that NEC America will integrate its technology into its IP telephony solution.
3. Viola Unveils VoIP Assessment & Management Solution
Viola Networks has introduced NetAlly RealTime, a platform for pre-service network readiness assessment, on demand troubleshooting, and ongoing ntwork performance monitoring for VoIP and IP video conferencing.
NetAlly will be available in Q’3 of this year.
5. Motorola Unveils Development Platform & New DSP
Motorola has introduced the Smart Packet Telephony (SPT) 8102 platform, a development platform for IP based voice, fax, and modem based systems, as well as a new DSP known as the MSC8122.
The SPT 8102 is a collection of hardware, tools, drivers and demo software used to evaluate and prototype mid and high density VoIP systems.
The platform consists of a single MPC8260 baseboard and two daughter cards – a PSTN card, and a StarCore DSP based farm card. The farm card is a PCI telecom mezzanine card with five MSC8102 devices in a DSP farm array plus one MSC8101 that acts as an aggregator to the array. The farm card increases performance density of the platform to 672 high density voice channels.
The SPT 8102 will be available in October through Metrowerks.
The MSC8122 is a DSP manufactured in advanced 90nm process technology. It is a SoC that combines four StarCore extended cores that deliver 6400 MMACS at 400 MHz and a set of peripherals. The technology is pin and software compatible with the MSC8102.
The MSC8122 incorporates a Fast Ethernet controller; 1436 KB of on-chip memory, including I-cache for each core; 1024-channel TDM; a DMA controller supporting 16 bi-directional channels; a SIU for interfacing external memories; slave port interface to aggregators and network processors; a UART and an I2C interface.
DSP samples will be available in the first half of next year. The MSC8122 units will be packaged in a 431-pin, 20mm x 20mm CBGA package.
Samples and production quantities of Motorola’s MSC8101 and MSC8102 StarCore DSPs are available now.
7. AIH Launches Wholesale VoIP Service over A-Bone
Asia Internet Holding (AIH) has launched a wholesale IP telephony service for providers and carriers over A-Bone, AIH’s Asia-Pacific Internet backbone network. The service will provide telephony to 239 countries and regions.
AIH is planning to launch an enterprise VoIP service in Japan that would employ Sonus’ GSX 9000 gateways. Sumisho Electronics would serve as the systems integrator.
9. In-Stat Releases Study of Media Gateway Market
In-Stat/MDR has released Media Gateway Hits Bottom, Begins Recovery, a study that includes a description of the applications that will drive shipments, market segmentation by platform type, and by density. A five year market forecast is also included.
The firm finds that shipments of media gateway packet voice ports decreased by 35.8% in 2002 to 4.642 million ports, while revenues declined by 48.1% to $493 million. On a sequential quarterly basis, revenues for the market increased by 37.9% in the fourth quarter of 2002. For all of 2003, In-Stat expects media gateway revenues to increase by 16.6%, while voice port shipments will increase by 24.1%.
The 35-page report goes for 2,995.
Media Gateway Market Hits Bottom, Begins Recovery
11. Net2Phone Eliminates Pin Dialing for its Services
Net2Phone has enhanced its Direct and PennyTalk VoIP services by allowing customers to access it network without purchasing equipment, switching carriers, or entering a 14-digit account number/PIN. Dialers are only required to dial the access number of their calling card service.
The enhancement is based on a new technology created by Net2Phone that recognizes the number from which a customer is calling and authenticates the account. Customers can register up to 5 phone numbers with each account at no charge.
Net2Phone’s Direct service offers calls as low as 3.9 CPM to almost all countries in the world with no connection fees. PennyTalk offers 1 CPM calling within the U.S. and as low as 2 CPM internationally with a 49 cent connection fee.