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August 2003

PT Intros IPnexus ZT 5091e Packet-Switched Chassis
Performance Technologies has introduced the IPnexus ZT 5091e packet-switched chassis platform. The ZT 5091e, part of Performance Technologies� line of IPnexus packet-based, embedded products, provides equipment manufacturers and systems integrators with a standards-based platform solution built on the PICMG 2.16 and PICMG 2.9 specifications. With the addition of the ZT 5091e platform, the IPnexus family offers a complete line of products for the packet-switched backplane architecture, including chassis, Ethernet switches, system management modules, single board computers, network access adapters, SS7 signaling blades, and a host of communications protocols and development environments. �Our packet-based IPnexus family provides customers with a unified product set by tightly integrating PICMG 2.16-compatible building blocks, system management functions, high availability, and a full suite of enabling software,� said Tony Romero, senior product manager for Performance Technologies. With one integrated chassis management module slot, one Ethernet switch slot, and seven node slots transversely mounted in a 4U chassis, the ZT 5091e platform provides both high-density computing and integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet support on the backplane. A chassis management module enables customers to manage all IPMI-based components and conduct chassis diagnostics remotely for enhanced system reliability.
www.pt.com/ 585-256-0200

RADCOM Announces H.324M Capability
RADCOM Ltd. recently announced the addition of H.324M traffic analysis capability to its award-winning Cellular Performer. H.324M is an ITU standard commonly used in streaming media applications such as video on demand, video telephony, and streaming music. The Cellular Performer is a comprehensive test solution suite with an integrated, proprietary Generic Analyzer Processor Chip that enables hardware-based, full-line rate analysis of 2.5 and 3G cellular network technologies. Expansion of the Cellular Performer�s decode and analysis capabilities to include H.324M is designed to allow customers to analyze streaming media traffic inside the cellular network over ATM or WAN interfaces. Combined with the company�s leading voice and video over IP test tools, the Cellular Performer�s H.324M support enables RADCOM customers to conduct streaming media testing on both sides of the Media Gateway. OMNI Consulting Group LLP research shows that wireless carriers can impact the upper limits of their subscriber revenue base (SRB) by an increase of 11.8 percent through quality attenuation monitoring programs. Such programs include independent validation and verification (IV&V) measurement solutions. RADCOM offers such a solution in the Cellular Performer. Used to perform validation, verification, and interoperability testing of GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and CDMA2000 technologies, it facilitates deployment and ensures quality of service in the delivery of 2.5 and 3G multimedia services to the mobile market.

SandCherry Unveils AppRun VXML
SandCherry, Inc., has announced the immediate availability of AppRun VXML, an open, VoiceXML 2.0 standard-based browser, which is designed to easily integrate with speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) elements from leading speech vendors. With a list price of only $80 per port, AppRun VXML offers enterprises and service providers an inexpensive component for realizing the benefits of VXML-based solutions without compromising performance or reliability. AppRun VXML delivers scalable and reliable VXML service delivery on standard servers in conjunction with SandCherry�s SoftServer software platform and existing Web and application server software and components. �Lowering the cost of VXML solutions is critical for accelerating the broader adoption of speech-enabled applications,� said Charles Corfield, SandCherry�s president and CEO. �SandCherry�s AppRun VXML is designed to overcome this problem, offering a much more cost-effective and open solution that doesn�t lock the customer into a single vendor�s speech components.� SandCherry�s AppRun VXML is a high-performance Java-based browser built on top of the Java Speech API open standard. When used with the SoftServer platform, AppRun VXML interoperates with speech recognition and TTS components from leading vendors. It is currently available for the Windows and Solaris operating systems, and will be certified with Linux later this year. www.sandcherry.com/720-562-4500

GIPS Releases Acoustic Echo Suppression Software
Global IP Sound has announced the release of its acoustic echo suppression software optimized for packet telephony applications on PDAs and other small devices. GIPS AES is a low-complexity, acoustic echo suppression software designed to handle the inherent problems of echo in the hands-free operation of PDAs and other small devices when communicating over packet-switched networks. The GIPS AES module enhances the overall sound quality of real-time VoIP calls with speaker and microphone equipped PDAs operating within Wireless LAN (802.11x/WLAN) environments. The technology enables users to converse on a PDA as they would on a mobile or traditional handset, without using a headset. It is the industry�s first suppression technology designed specifically for PDAs and small devices where the microphone and speaker are in close proximity. Because GIPS AES was designed to run on devices with tightly defined CPU power constraints, it is optimized specifically for the low power and small software footprint required for PDA applications. It is also well-suited for a variety of VoIP applications that require a low-complexity echo solution, such as 802.11-based cordless phones and softphones running on laptops. �VoIP calling on a PDA is a new and exciting aspect of deploying packet voice for enterprise and individual user applications. PDA-based Internet telephony is a very cool, and practical, combination of the functionality of a PDA with the capability of a mobile phone,� said Gary Hermansen, president and CEO of Global IP Sound.
www.globalipsound.com/ 415-397-2555

Bustronic Expands Backplane Line With Three-Slot Size
Bustronic Corporation has developed a new backplane for low-profile horizontal CompactPCI chassis. CompactPCI backplanes are most common in 4, 6, and 8-slot sizes. The new 6U 3-slot cPCI backplane is a rare configuration � an H.110 version for Computer Telephony is also available. The 3-slot CompactPCI backplane features an ATX power connector to allow easy plug-in from the backplane to the chassis during assembly. The ATX power connector is designed to eliminate the need to build a wire harness by utilizing the standard PC power supply cable. The backplane also features power studs for optimal performance in systems with higher power requirements. �Bustronic continues to develop new solutions for the more and more popular low-profile enclosures,� said Fred Hirsch, General Manager of Bustronic. �The 6U 3-slot cPCI backplane is a hard-to-find slot size for a cPCI backplane. Bustronic continues its goal to offer the widest range of VME, VME64x, and cPCI backplane in the industry.�

Themis Announces UltraSPARC IIIi-based VMEbus Computers
Themis Computer announced its new USPIIIi VMEbus computers that incorporate Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC IIIi processors and a new system architecture to provide users with exceptional computing speed, graphics, and I/O capabilities. The new USPIIIi architecture delivers high data bandwidth, providing next generation I/O performance for government, industrial, military, and commercial VME embedded processing applications. The USPIIIi is a multi-slot VME board assembly that implements a dual SMP UltraSPARC IIIi architecture. Based a Sun workstation platform, modified by Themis, the USPIIIi is a next generation solution for demanding new applications and is ideal for use as an upgraded replacement of earlier USP-2 SMP VME products. The USPIIIi may be configured with either one or two UltraSPARC IIIi CPUs. The single CPU configuration consists of an I/O board and a CPU board assembly occupying two VME slots. An additional processor board is available as an ordering option; it connects to the first CPU board via the UltraSPARC IIIi processor local bus. A dual-CPU configuration occupies three VME slots. Although the I/O board includes a rich complement of I/O functionality, up to two additional 6U VME I/O boards may be configured with the base I/O board. The USPIIIi runs the Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Operating Environments. The USPIIIi can also run 64-bit applications unmodified from the Solaris 7 Operating Environment, as well as 32-bit applications from previous versions of the Solaris Operating Environment, making these systems compatible with previous systems and software.

NEC Offers Up Three New Products
NEC America recently announced several new products designed to bolster enterprise voice system reliability. The new NEAX 2000 IPS-DMR communications platform, Dterm IP phone with failover adapter, and the enhanced NEAX 2400 IPX enterprise communications platform use IP technology to make voice communications systems more resilient against component and LAN or WAN interruptions. NEC�s NEAX 2000 IPS-DMR is a new remote component for NEC�s NEAX 2000 IPS and NEAX IPS-DM mid-range VoIP systems. It offers a unique remote survivability function that automatically connects to the public network should the IP network connection with the central site be interrupted. The new Dterm IP phones will arrive this fall with failover adapters, which provide immediate connectivity to the public network if the corporate IP network is down. When the IP connection is lost or a power failure occurs, the phone connects to a back-up central office trunk for incoming and outgoing calls. A manual control is also available to switch between the central office trunk and IP network control if desired. The survivability function of NEC�s larger enterprise solution, the NEAX 2400 IPX, will be provided by new software available later this summer. NEC�s survivability solutions therefore span organizations from one or two users to several hundred thousand.

TI�s TNETV1050 Makes Its Debut
Texas Instruments has announced the availability of its next-generation IP phone solution: The TNETV1050 IP phone processor. The TNETV1050 is based on the TMS320C55x DSP and an enhanced high-speed MIPS 32 RISC core, providing the processing horsepower needed to support current and evolving IP phone standards, as well as the addition of advanced functionality. This device meets the requirements of demanding IP phone applications with faster inter-processor communications, increased data and instruction cache memory, and more on-chip RAM. The TNETV1050 integrates a specialized dual-channel, 16-bit audio codec (including handset, headset and speaker drivers) and an Ethernet subsystem, which includes two Ethernet MACs and PHYs and a three-port line rate switch. The platform can also be used with TI�s recently announced 802.3af-compliant TPS2370 power interface switch to support Power over Ethernet (PoE), providing increased capability and reliability when implementing Ethernet-powered IP phones. A complete software and silicon solution, the TNETV1050 platform incorporates TI�s field-proven Telogy Software, including pre-integrated industry operating systems and protocol stacks, such as H.323 and session initiation protocol (SIP).

Ubiquity, IBM Clearly In Agreement
Ubiquity announced an agreement recently with IBM to supply Ubiquity�s SIP Application Server and SiPeak Conference Director to IBM, which, together with IBM�s carrier-class hardware and software technologies, the parties plan to deliver to service providers globally. The offering will help service providers quickly deploy IP-based, revenue-generating communications services to their customers. The agreement is the culmination of a series of product interoperability and sales and marketing initiatives under way between the two companies. �IBM brings a longstanding presence in the telecommunications market and a powerful portfolio of carrier-grade hardware and software products,� said Bill Crank, vice president of sales, Ubiquity. �Coupled with its professional services and integration expertise, IBM will help Ubiquity deliver a total next generation solution to service providers worldwide � leveraging investments that have already been made in their networks.� �Ubiquity provides IBM with a state-of-the-art SIP-based communications application offering,� said Hernan Vega, vice president, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry. �With this agreement, IBM and Ubiquity will be able to offer a carrier-grade platform to help service providers expeditiously deploy compelling SIP-based applications on their existing infrastructures.�

Sylantro Expands Capability Set
Sylantro Systems announced additional capabilities designed specifically to address the needs of the enterprise market. These new capabilities will allow service providers to better meet the requirements of large and/or distributed organizations through enterprise-oriented features such as group administration and highly flexible class-of-service settings. The enhancements to Sylantro�s applications server and applications were developed in response to customer demand. The enhancements provide sophisticated routing options between corporate offices and expanded integration and support for legacy PBXs and voice mail systems. In addition, an enhanced administrator�s portal is provided for moves, adds, and changes along with other routine management functions. The administrator�s portal also offers access privileges for additional or remote administrators. Other new enhancements include PBX-type features such as intercom and distinctive ringing, as well as many expanded ACD capabilities. �As carriers accelerate their deployments of IP Centrex into the general marketplace, advanced enterprise features such as group administration and class of service will become increasingly important,� said Frank Petkovich, director of product marketing for Sylantro Systems.

Centillium Announces Palladia 220
Centillium Communications, Inc., has unveiled the Palladia 220, an ADSL 2/ADSL2plus-compatible chipset for CPE that delivers data rates up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps), extends the reach of ADSL up to 22,000 feet, and supports a full suite of connectivity options including high-speed Wi-Fi. The Palladia 220 is designed to support delivery of premium services such as High-Definition Television (HDTV), Video-On-Demand (VOD), high-speed Internet applications, and quality VoIP telephony at a fraction of the cost of alternative technologies. The Palladia 220 also extends the reach of ADSL service up to 22,000 feet from the central office, increasing the ADSL coverage area up to 45 percent. Service providers can now reach additional subscribers while minimizing infrastructure deployment and associated capital expenditures. The Palladia 220 delivers a complete router-on-a-chip solution. It is the first CPE chipset integrating Centillium�s eXtremeDSLMAX technology, offering up to 50 Mbps and ADSL2/2plus compatibility. With a powerful 200MHz RISC processor and hardware accelerators for packet processing, a high-speed PCI/Cardbus interface, 10/100 Ethernet, USB and a number of serial interfaces, it offers outstanding processing performance and connectivity for residential and SOHO routers.

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