IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 29 2004

1. Wolfson Introduces CODEC for VoIP and Digital Phones
Wolfson Microelectronics has introduced WM8510, a mono CODEC designed for VoIP devices and digital phones. The CODEC supports multiple digital phone applications such as desktop phones, conference speakerphones, and mobile telephone hands-free kits.

The WM8510 includes a driver for a speaker or headset, two separate microphone inputs (e.g. handset and speakerphone) and two dedicated analog audio outputs with volume control. Advanced sigma delta converters are used along with digital decimation and interpolation filters to support audio sampling rates from 8 to 48ks/s. Additional digital filtering options are available in the ADC path, as is an advanced automatic level control function with noise gate. An on-chip PLL is provided to generate the required master clock from an external reference clock. The PLL clock can also be output if required elsewhere in the system.

The WM8510 has a standard audio interface supporting transmission of audio data to and from the chip. The interface supports a number of audio data formats including (mu)-law and (alpha)-law, PCM, I2S, and DSP Mode, and can operate in master or slave modes.

The WM8510 operates at supply voltages from 2.5 to 3.6V, although the digital core can operate at voltages down to 1.62V to save power. The speaker and mono outputs use a separate supply of up to 5V, which enables increased output power if required. Different sections of the chip can also be powered down under software control by way of the selectable two or three wire control interface.

The WM8510 is available in a 28-pin SSOP package priced at US$1.25 in quantities of 10,000.

Wolfson Microelectronics

3. VoiceCon to be Held Feb 7-10 in Orlando at Disney Dolphin Hotel
BCR will be hosting VoiceCon at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando from Feb 7-10. The theme of this year’s event is Build Your Own IP Telephony Platform.

Tutorials will include IP PBX: Who Delivers the Goods; VoIP Implementation; Securing Enterprise VoIP Systems and Applications; QOS: Making it Work in Enterprise Networks, and Leveraging the IP Telephony Platform.

Sessions will include:

* Results from the Test Lab: Large Systems
* IP PBX Pricing Models & Software Licensing
* Firewalls in Converged Networks
* PBX Market Update: IP Telephony Takes Over
* Update on Presence
* Hosted Voice Services
* IP Telephony Maintenance Service
* Integrating IP Telephony into Legacy Systems
* SIP Status and Prospects
* Results from the Test Lab: IP PBXs <1,000 Stations
* VoIP Application Development: VXML, SALT, SOAP, and More
* The Role of Regulation in VoIP
* Is Your Data Network Ready for Voice? Pt 1 Assessment & Design
* Making the Business Case for IP Telephony
* Troubleshooting IP PBXs
* Is Your Data Network Ready for Voice? Pt 2 Security
* VoIP Endpoints
* Connecting Remote Sites & Teleworkers
* Converging the Organization
* Open Source in Enterprise Telephony
* Building Resilient Converged Networks
* Reality Check: Converged Contact Centers
* Multimedia Collaboration: Video and Beyond
* Managing Converged Network

The Keynote will be presented by Craig Hinkley, the SVP of Network Architecture and Strategic Direction at the Bank of America. His keynote will be entitled VoIP: More than an Application on the Netowrk. Other presentations during the event will include ones entitled: One Vendor or More?; Network Requirements; End Device Requirements and Prospects; IP Telephony: Where’s the Payoff for the Enterprise; Enterprise VoIP; Are the Carriers up to the Challenge?; Living with IP Telephony: Mixed TDM/IP Solutions; Applications and the IP PBX; Voice Enabling Enterprise Applications; VoIP-Starting at the Call Center; and Living with IP Telephony: All IP Solutions.

The exhibitor list includes:

Altura Communications Solutions
American Power Conversion
Avotus Corporation
Centerpoint Technologies
Cisco Systems
Citel Technologies
Clarus Systems
Coleman Technologies, Inc.
Extreme Networks
Foundry Networks
ISI, Inc.
ITW Linx
Kirk Telecom
Lucent Technologies
Lyrix Inc.
Mediatrix Telecom, Inc
Multi-Tech Systems
NEC America
Nortel Networks
PCR, Inc.
Phoneware Limited
PowerDsine, Inc.
Prominence Networks
RAD Data Communications
Research In Motion
RiT Technologies
Rivermine Software
Scannex, LLC
Siemens ICN
Span Link Communications
Sphere Communications
Spirent Communications
Symphony Services
Traq Wireless
Unimax Systems Corp.
Usernews Publications
Vertical Networks
Viola Networks
Xelor Software

Registration for the entire event (tutorials, conferences, and exhibition) is $2,995. Discounts are provided for early registration. Pre-registration for exhibits only is free. On- site registration for exhibits only is $50. Other registration options are also offered such as tutorials only or conferences only.


5. Dell’Oro Releases Quarterly Study of VoIP Equipment Market
Dell’Oro Group has released its IP Telephony Carrier Quarterly Report tracking VoIP equipment sales for Q3 of this year. The ongoing service tracks vendor market shares, manufacturers’ revenue, units, licenses, channels, and average selling prices for softswitches, media gateways, and hybrid media gateway softswitches (Class 4/5). Segmented breakouts include high density, medium density, and low density media gateways.

The firm finds the overall revenue for the equipment it tracks grew 17% over the quarter and 44% over the year. Softswitch subscriber licenses grew 29% over the quarter and 51% over the year. Softswitch trunk license revenue grew 13% over the quarter.

For Q3, softswitch revenues totaled $144 million (20% growth), media gateway revenues totaled 261 million (18% growth), and hybrid media gateway softswitch revenues totaled $26 million (4% decline). Overall, combined revenues totaled $431 million.

Dell’Oro Group

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