[April 12, 2001]
Centillium Aims To Speed DSL Install Time, Reduce
Costs With New Smart Line Card Feature Set
Centillium Communications, Inc.
unveiled its Smart Line Card (SLC) feature set. The SLC feature set
enables carriers to speed DSL deployment by pre-qualifying lines and
eliminating provisioning costs thereby making DSL as easy as Plain Old
Telephone Service (POTS) to deploy. This the first feature from the SLC
initiative, Single Ended Line Probing (SELP) technology.
"Centillium's Smart Line Card feature set is an innovative and
direction in the DSL market," stated Katherine Bowen, research analyst
Cahners In-Stat Group. "Centillium is at the forefront of DSL
stepping up to enable capabilities carriers truly require to eliminate
deployment issues and reduce costs. SELP offers a substantial cost savings
and speedier installs, while still meeting the rigorous requirements
by customer platform specifications."
As Centillium�s partners integrate SLC features into next generation
cards, they will enable their customers to prequalify lines for DSL and to
identify line impairments, bridged taps and load coils. The benefits of
incorporating SELP into the chipset (and into the line card) are abundant
with line testing and cost savings as the foremost advancements. Through
the integration of SELP into its chipsets, Centillium enables carriers to
pre-qualify lines, even before the sale of DSL to a customer.
Pre-qualification of the line means the carrier can identify the bit rate
capability of that line without sending a technician or requiring a
termination at the customer site. Traditional SELP products are large,
bulky devices. However, Centillium provides optimal space reduction by
integrating SELP technology into its chipsets. Centillium�s SELP speeds
deployment and doesn�t require CPE testing by technicians, making this
solution easy, functional, and very flexible.
"Centillium has devoted its design endeavors to innovation and
stated Dori Braun, vice president of marketing, Access Business Unit for
Centillium. "We have certainly fulfilled these expectations with our SLC
feature set and the introduction of SELP. SELP will eliminate or reduce
frequency of truck rolls, and most importantly, reduce the cost of
equipment. We know that our customers, as well as the industry at large,
will be excited about this technology and work with us to use the
DSL chipsets with SELP as a benchmark technology."
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