IP Telephony news wrap-up for Sep 20 – 2006

Atmel has introduced AT76C902, a second generation VoIP chip for Wi-Fi phones that runs a SIP stack, uCLinux OS, and firmware enabling Wi-Fi and voice compression and decompression. The chip consists of an ARM946 process for VoIP call control authentication and signaling functions and two subsystems – an ARM7 802.11a/g MAC and a TEAK DSP core with an integrated voice CODEC for voice processing.

Security is provided via encryption, decryption, and authentication for AES, DES/3DES and TKIP, supporting WPA and WPA2.

Phones using the new chip can support talk times of over six hours and standby times of over 220 hours on a 900mA battery.

The AT76C902 is available in a 208-pin BGA for approximately $18 each in quantities of 25,000. A development kit is also being offered.

Atmel
UTStarcom has introduced F3000, a portable Wi-Fi handset that supports SIP, SDP, RTP/RTCP and RFC 2833/inband DTMF, and utilizes G.711 and G.729. The clamshell device measures 85x43x22mm and weighs approximately 90g. It features a full color 1.8 LCD screen, polyphonic ringtones, text messaging and talk time of up to 3 hours and standby time of 75 hours.

The F3000 operates at 802.11b/g 2.4 GHz and supports WEP 64/128 and WPA. Multiple user interface languages are supported including English, French, Chinese and Spanish. A full suite of calling features are supported such as calling waiting and 3-way calling.

The phone can be auto-provisioned and is capable of being upgraded remotely.

Uniquely, UTStarcom’s new phone features an auto-search capability that enables users to locate Wi-Fi networks within range and store these profiles for later use. Also, the handset can be programmed with 3 separate SIP accounts.

UTStarcom
Sipera Systems has introduced IPCS 510, a security solution for wireless VoIP service providers that monitors application layer traffic on IMS and UMA networks to identify and prevent attacks, misuse and service abuse. The security system protects both the network infrastructure and users from attacks.

User attacks could include stealth DOS, which causes a phone to consistently ring; the hijacking of a handset to make calls; and voice spam.

The IPCS 510 supports 100,000 users and 10,000 simultaneous sessions with 1 Gbps of throughput.

The new security system will be available in Q4.

Sipera Systems
TI has introduced TNETV1051, a new IP phone SoC that employs a 150 MHz DSP and a 300 MHz RISC processor. The software and silicon development solution supports wideband codecs such as 4-way wideband conferencing. It includes security via Static Packet Filter, a platform designed to protect against Layer 3 and 4 DoS attacks.

Other features include TI’s Piqua QoS technology, an enhanced acoustic echo canceller, and PoE technology that enables a phone to be powered directly from the Ethernet connection.

TNETV1051 is currently sampling with full production scheduled for early 2007. A software development platform is also being offered.

Texas Instruments
A group of vendors have joined together to create the V2oIP Quality Alliance, an group open to industry players that will define industry best practices related to voice and video quality issues as well as raise awareness of related technologies, standards and deployment methods.

Initially, the alliance includes a group of vendors, but the organization is hoping to add service providers, systems integrators, enterprise users, and industry experts to the group. The charter members of the alliance include Ditech, Empirix, Global IP Sound, JDSU, Polycom, and Telchemy.

If you are interested in participating, contact Joel Fisher at jfisher@ditechnetworks.com

Ditech Networks
Convergence has introduced Eclipse CXC-50, a SIP trunk for SMBs and remote branch offices. The CPE features authentication, encryption and validation for security. The device also supports QoS with QoS-based call admission control; QoS mapping, monitoring, and marking; and QoS-based routing.

Convergence already offers SIP trunking solutions for large enterprises via its Eclipse models 350 and 550.

Convergence
Polycom has introduced SoundPoint IP 650, a new VoIP desktop phone with wideband audio. The phone boasts a wide range of features:

– support for 6 lines in stand-alone mode or up to 14 or 24 concurrent lines with expansion modules
– shared call/bridged line appearance
– busy lamp field
– 320×160 graphical grayscale LCD display
– 26 dedicated hard keys and 4 context sensitive soft keys for one button access to features
– 2 port Ethernet switch
– auto sensing PoE circuitry
– central provisioning via FTP, TFTP, HTTP, or HTTPS server
– ability to access XHTML based applications
– supports Microsoft’s LCS 2005′ telephony and presence
– integrates with Microsoft’s Office Communicator instant messagener client
– a USB port
– enhanced signal processing
– full duplex audio
– echo cancellation
– dynamic noise reduction
– AGC
– mic management

The phone will be available in Q4 for $450.

Polycom
Lucent has introduced VPN Firewall Brick model 700, model 1200, and model 1200HS, three new security devices for enterprises and service providers using IP networks. The firewalls feature an integrated high-speed VPN, VoIP security, VLAN, a packet data gateway, firewall capabilities, as well as built-in IDS/DoS protection.

The 700 model supports 1.7 Gbps performance, 425 Mbps 3DES VPN performance and 350 Mbps AES VPN performance with built-in encryption accelerator cards. The platform also features eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and supports up to 7,500 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 VLANs, 350 virtual firewalls and 1 million simultaneous sessions.

The 1200 model supports 3 Gbps firewall performance, 1.1 Gbps 3DES VPN performance and 1.1 Gbps AES VPN performance with a built-in accelerator card. The platform also features eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two mini-GBIC SFP gigabit ports. It supports up to 10,000 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 VLANs, 500 virtual firewalls and 2 million simultaneous sessions.

The 1200 HS supports up to 4.5 Gbps firewall performance, 1.7 Gbps 3DES and 1.7 Gbps AES VPN performance with a built-in encryption accelerator card. The platform features fourteen 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and six mini-GBIC SFP gigabit ports. It supports up to 20,000 simultaneous VPN tunnels, 4,094 VLANs, 1,100 virtual firewalls and 3 million simultaneous sessions.

The firewalls feature dynamic pinholing that uses Layer 7 filterning to recognize IP communication packets and dynamically open ports on the system to move the packets between the initiation port and the endpoint, closing the ports when the call is terminated. This process is an alternative to the more widely used approach that has a firewall device permanently or temporarily opening a range of ports to allow IP voice calls, and ultimately providing a greater opportunity for malicious hackers to exploit open ports.

In conjunction with Lucent’s Security Manager Server version 9.1 (a new release), the firewalls are capable of supporting rules based routing.

All of the new firewalls are currently available. The 700 model is $12,000-$17,000. The 1200 model is $30,000 and the 1200HS model goes for between $60,000-$70,000.

Lucent Technologies
Intel and Siemens have entered into an agreement to jointly market, develop, research, and fund VoIP-based open unified communications solutions for telecom service providers, financial services and digital healthcare.

Level 3 will provide Covad Communications with wholesale VoIP services, go-to-market supoort and customer leads, and market research findings.

Lucent is reselling Westell’s TriLink gateway as part of its IMS solution.

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Level 3 Communications
Covad Communications
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