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Intel Remains in the VoIP Business


As this article was going to press, Eicon Networks (News - Alert) Corp. announced plans to buy Intel�s Intel (News - Alert) media and signaling business, which includes product from Intel�s Dialogic acquisition and its Host Media Processing software. Intel�s PBX (News - Alert) (private branch exchange) integration and gateway products are also included in the deal.

The sale of this division advances Intel�s objective of selling off non-core assets. In June, Intel sold its communications and applications processor business to Marvell Technology Group (News - Alert) Ltd.

That�s not to say that Intel is exiting the VoIP business. Michael Stanford, Director, VoIP Strategy, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel, speaking at the recent VoIP Developer (News - Alert) Conference, clarified what exactly goes to Eicon: The (former) Dialogic voice boards, the Host Media Processing solutions, and Intel�s complete line of SS7 technologies (former DataKinetics) and PBX integration and gateway solutions (from the VTG acquisition).

Intel maintains several VoIP related business lines, including network processors, and supporting components as well as solutions based in the modular communications products division (CompactPCI (News - Alert), ATCA, and rack mount servers).

According to TMC president and publisher, Rich Tehrani, �Intel is still in the communications business, mind you. They are keeping their core communications and embedded businesses, including Intel Architecture and network processors, modular communications platforms, and optical modules.�

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