IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 07 2003

1. Fujitsu Introduces IP-Phone Chip
Fujitsu Microelectronics America has introduced an integrated IP-Phone chip designed for SOHO Internet telephony and MTA applications that consists of a DSP engine, a RISC host processor, an Ethernet switch and memory controller, and a set of peripheral functions.

The DSP engine, known as VoiceDSP, is based on a customized ARC core and a custom-designed DSP hardware accelerator that operates as an advanced DSP. VoiceDSP features dual MACs and the customized hardware accelerator to support multi-channel speech vocoders, real-time fax relay, and telephony functions including LEC, AEC, DTMF, CPT and caller ID.

The RISC host processor supports the RTOS, TCP/UDP/IP and RTP protocol stacks, signal protocols, jitter buffering and device drivers, along with the application software. The three-port Ethernet switch incorporates two 10/100 external interfaces that support QoS functionality based on IEEE 802.1p and 802.1q specifications. The chip provides support for multiple peripherals such as a memory controller for flash and SDRAM, UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO, keypad scanner and LCD interface.

Fujitsu’s new VoIP chip is available in the company’s 0.18- micron technology, which includes a 3.3V I/O with a 1.8V core and JTAG interface in a 256-pin quad flat package. Pricing begins at $12 in 10,000 unit quantities. A reference board designed for development of a 2 channel V/FoIP solution is also available.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America

3. Embedded Processor Forum to be Held in June in San Jose
In-Stat/MDR will hosting the Embedded Processor Forum 2003 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA from June 16-19. The event will feature sessions, discussion panels, and seminars exploring new technologies based on microprocessors, architectures, and DSPs.

Embedded Processor Forum 2003

5. ABI Releases Hosted VoIP Service Market Report
Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) has released Advanced IP Voice Services, Market Forecasts and Trends for VoIP- based Services: IP-PBX, Videoconferencing, Contact Center and Unified Communications, a study that examines various types of emerging VoIP services. The report analyzes the current and future landscape for hosted VoIP applications, provides customer and vendor profiles, and market positioning. The study also explores market strategies.

The firm finds the market for advanced hosted VoIP services will grow from $46 million in 2001 to $36.5 billion in 2008.

Allied Business Intelligence

7. Yankee Group Releases Hosted IP Telephony Market Report
The Yankee Group has released Hosted IP Telephony Will Help Providers Reduce Churn and Build Customer Loyalty.

The firm expects providers to begin offering some form of hosted services this year, and aggressively market the offerings beginning next year.

Of the wireline service providers interviewed for the report, 30% identified IP Centrex to be the application most demanded by by customers. All of the providers interviewed either offered the service or planned to offer it within the next 12 to 18 months.

The Yankee Group expects the market for application servers to grow to $206 million and the media server market to $69 million by the end of 2003.

Yankee Group

9. SIP Forum to Exhibit SIP Operator Network at Supercomm
The SIP Forum is hosting a SUPERDemo exhibit at the upcoming Supercomm in Atlanta to demonstrate the capabilities of SIP. Forum members will team to create an entire SIP based operator network and deploy services such as VoIP/PSTN calling, video conferencing, instant messaging and presence services in less than five hours. The network will consist of SIP technology applications and hardware appliances including servers, phones, VoIP gateways, terminal adaptors, firewalls and PC clients.

Supercomm will be held from June 1 to 5, 2003 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

SIP Forum


11. SpectraLink Introduces Wireless VoIP Phones
SpectraLink has introduced NetLink e340 and i640, a couple of 802.11b VoIP handsets that feature a user interface with a high-res graphic display and softkey menu access. The e340 is a small, light handset designed for general enterprise applications. The i640 is designed for larger environments such as hospitals. It incorporates a VoIP multicast push-to- talk capability.

The phones will be available this quarter. The e340 is priced at $399. The will go for $599.


13. ARC Introduces VoIP Coding Libraries
ARC International has introduced a voice coding library for VoIP applications that is optimized to run on the company’s ARCtangent-A5 RISC/DSP core. The library uses the customizable DSP extensions to reduce MIPS requirements and deliver efficient voice coding on a scalar RISC or DSP, or in a unified RISC/DSP solution. The technology includes a set of codec types including A-law/micron-law, ADPCM, and CELP compression schemes, as well as algorithms for applications such as LEC and AEC. The library includes Packet Loss Concealment software, which protects applications against corrupt or lost data during the transmission of voice packets.

The libraries are currently available. The royalty-free project license fees for library components begin at $20,000. The license does not include possible third-party patent royalties.

ARC International

15. telcoBlue Launches VoIP in Spain, Portugal and Italy
telcoBlue has expanded its VoIP service into Spain, Portugal and Italy. The service enable users to place PC to PC, PC to phone, or phone to phone calls. Phone connectivity is driven by Ciscoís ATA 186 VoIP device, which is supplied by telcoBlue pre-configured to plug in between an existing cable or DSL modem and a telephone.


17. HelloSoft & ARM Unveil VoIP Phone Software Reference Suite
HelloSoft has teamed with ARM to develop a VoIP phone software reference suite designed for ARMís ARM926EJ-S core. The solution implements all VoIP functions including codecs, LEC, telephony components, and telephony signaling stack, on a single ARM926EJ-S core running Linux OS. The technology supports two channels of voice for VoIP phones, wireless IP phones, residential gateways, IADs and other VoIP-enabled devices. It includes support for G.711, G.726 and G.729AB vocoders, G.168-2000 LEC, voice activity detection, comfort noise generation, jitter buffer, packet loss concealment, DTMF tone detection and generation, SIP/RTP/RTCP call signaling and control, and multichannel system-level framework.

The ARM core is fully synthesizable and features a DSP-enhanced, Jazelle technology-enhanced 32-bit RISC CPU, flexible size instruction and data caches, tightly coupled memory interfaces and a memory management unit. The core provides separate instruction and data AMBA bus compliant AHB interfaces particularly suited for multi-layer AHB-based systems. In addition, it implements the ARMv5TEJ instruction set and includes an enhanced 16- x 32-bit multiplier, capable of single-cycle MAC operations.



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