IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 13 2005

1. Freescale Introduces 90nn Multi-core, Programmable DSPs
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced MSC8122 and MSC8126, 2 new 90nn, programmable DSPs with 4 cores on single dies. The DSPs deliver 2 GHz and 8 GMACs of processing power while dissipating 2 watts. The devices have been designed for computation intensive applications such as VoIP media gateways, radio network controllers, video multi- conferencing units, HSDPA support for basestations, and platforms for delivering voice, video, and data.

The DSPs offer 1.43 MB of internal memory, a high bandwidth external memory interface, and a set of peripherals including a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet controller, and high- throughput co-processors. Other features include a turbo coding co-processor and Viterbi co-processor to accelerate wireless baseband processing.

The 300MHz and 400MHz versions of the DSPs are offered at a temperature range of minus 40 to 105 degrees Celsius. The 500 MHz version is available at standard temperatures of zero to 90 degrees Celsius.

The products are available for $127.74 each in quantities of 10,000. Two development board solutions are also available.

Freescale Semiconductor

3. XO Launches Business VoIP, Net Access, & Web Hosting Bundle
XO Communications has launched XOptions Flex, a SMB service bundle that includes unlimited local and long distance VoIP, dedicated Internet access (3 Mbps), and web hosting services for a flat monthly fee. The service is available in 45 metro markets in the U.S.

XO Communications

5. Infonetics Releases Study of Enterprise VoIP Market in N.A.
Infonectics has released User Plans for IP Voice, North America 2005, a study based of enterprise use of VoIP based on 3-waves of interviews conducted with small, medium, and large organizations that use or plan to employ VoIP technology by the end of this year. The research firm has also released VoIP Services Annual Market Size and Forecast for North America, a report tracking market growth among both residential and enterprise VoIP deployments.

Based on User Plans for IP Voice, North America 2005 the firm finds:

  • businesses spent an average of $117,000 on VoIP products in 2003, up 46% in 2004, and plan to increase their spending an additional 9% in 2005.
  • 29% of large, 16% of medium, and 4% of small organizations will have adopted IP voice by the end of 2005 in North America
  • Ease of use/manageability, flexibility, and operational cost are the top drivers for adopting VoIP
  • Deploying VoIP concurrently with other new technology rollouts is the most popular deployment strategy
  • Among the top reasons cited for not deploying VoIP: the perception that current TDM technology works fine, and the initial cost of IP voice deployment
  • Hybrid PBXs are the most popular way to provide voice service at respondent headquarter sites, used by 30% now and growing to 38% in 2007
  • Use of TDM PBX/KTS at headquarter sites is on a sharp decline, from 29% today to 8% in 2007
  • Only 12% of respondents are solely using IP voice now to replicate basic voice features, the majority of respondents are using IP voice for applications that go beyond basic voice features
  • Organizations spent an average of $85,000 on managed CPE services in 2003, which is expected to jump 129% to $194,000 by 2006, and spent an average of $158,000 on hosted IP voice services in 2003, which is expected to grow 58% to $249,000 by 2006

Based on VoIP Services Annual Market Size and Forecast for North America, the firm finds:

  • North American voice over IP service revenue topped $1.3 billion in 2004, and is expected to soar 1,431% to $19.9 billion in 2009
  • The number of residential/SOHO VoIP subscribers in North America is forecast to climb from 1.1 million in 2004 to 20.8 million in 2008
  • Managed IP PBX services, an earlier arrival than hosted offerings and aimed at medium and large organizations, make up just over half of the market in 2004
  • Business hosted VoIP service revenue will exceed that of managed IP PBX services by 2006

The report presents market size and forecasts for hosted VoIP and managed IP PBX VoIP services, including a hosted VoIP split for residential/SOHO, business, and wholesale in North America. The report also includes a residential/ SOHO subscriber forecast.

Forecasts in the study assume that revenue growth is due to incremental revenue from add-on VoIP applications, such as conferencing, remote office integration, presence/location-based services, and collaboration.
Infonetics Research

7. Vocal Technologies Unveils New ATA Reference Design
Vocal Technologies has introduced a new analog telephone adapter (ATA) reference design. The new technology, based on Texas Instruments’ TMS320C55x DSP and power management and analog logic devices, is capable of communicating with remote standard telephones located up to 1000 feet away over standard existing phone wiring, without disrupting existing services.

The ATA can support Class 5 switching services such as multiple incoming lines, conferencing, internal dialing, and distinctive ring.

Software can be downloaded to enable GR-909 ISP multi-channel, real-time service provisioning. The software establishes multiple virtual private circuits or channels (VPCs) by providing authentication information, QoS provisioning and capability presentation and statistics such as packet loss, packet jitter, and total packets delivered per VPC.

The ATA can accommodate up to 12 remote telephones, with each unit announcing itself to the ATA. No additional programming or installation is required. The capability allows VoIP service to be shared among multiple phones in a household or business.

In addition to an ATA, the reference design can be used to create various VoIP equipment including Ethernet phones and handheld wireless phones.

The ATA solution supports up to two analog phone lines, two Ethernet ports and a public switched telephone network (PSTN) port that can be used in the event of a power outage or network disconnection. Design software includes a firewall, network address translation, end-user Web configuration, G.168 echo cancellation, adaptive jitter buffer and support for a variety of industry-standard vocoders, including G.711, G.723.1, G.726, G.729A/B and iLBC.

TI’s DSP integrates 64 Kbytes of memory and interfaces to a variety of external memory types through a 32-bit enhanced memory interface. Other on-chip peripherals include a direct memory access (DMA) controller, three multi-channel buffered serial ports, host port interface and timers.

The bill of materials for an ATA using the reference design is approximately $22.

Vocal Technologies

Texas Instruments

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