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July 29, 2008

Conexant Enhances Imaging Portfolio with New Fax Solutions

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Targeting inkjet, laser, and thermal fax machines, Conexant Systems (News - Alert) has unveiled a new family of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. Apart from supporting a wide range of optional features including answering machine, speakerphone, and intercom capabilities, the CX9543X SoCs are offered in a variety of configurations.



 
Conexant’s proven V.17 SoftFax technology is used in the new CX9543X fax solutions to enable the transmission of documents. The devices feature multiple voice inputs and outputs including a speaker amplifier, additional ADCs for scanner and other analog sensor inputs, a cross-point switch and dual voice analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADCs/DACs).
 
The SoCs also include direct printer control and universal serial bus interfaces. The imaging solutions are powered by three 288MHz flexible I/O processors that enable connections to a wide range of peripherals including scanners, printers, memory cards, and liquid crystal displays (LCDs). They also include a 180 megahertz (MHz) 32-bit RISC processor, and a 120MHz digital signal processor-based (DSP) image processor.
 
The imaging product offering from Conexant includes fax SoCs and data pump solutions. Conexant will offer highly integrated MFP SoCs for inkjet, laser, and photo printers, and high-performance system solutions for digital photo frames, after the completion of the acquisition of Freescale’s “SigmaTel (News - Alert)” imaging product lines.
 
Conexant also provides its proprietary SmartDAA technology in these new product lines. This technology significantly lowers bill-of-material costs and eliminates the need for costly components required for discrete data access arrangement (DAA) implementations. Allowing manufacturers to use a single device for multiple platforms and geographies, the SoCs are based on Conexant’s configurable system solution (CSS (News - Alert)) architecture, which reduce the product development costs.
 
The CX9543X fax product family will be available in volume quantities in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008. Depending on the configuration, the devices are priced from $7.00 to $15.00 each in volume quantities. The fax SoCs are packaged in a 176-pin exposed pad quad flat pack (epQFP).
 
“Our new document imaging solutions allow manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively develop a wide range of products that meet continued consumer demand for feature-rich fax machines with advanced voice communications functionality,” said Rene Hartner, vice president of marketing for Conexant’s Imaging and PC Media business. “Conexant pioneered imaging and modem technologies. We will continue to apply our extensive market knowledge and technical expertise to develop innovative products, and further solidify our No. 1 market position in fax semiconductor solutions.”
 
 
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page
 
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