Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) today announced the availability of five new xDSL solutions from its next-generation UR8 residential gateway (RG) family. Based on an advanced multimedia gateway processor, these platforms give manufacturers the flexibility to design RGs with multiple home networking options and variations of feature functionality, including enhanced voice capabilities and advanced video services, over all ADSL and VDSL2 standards.
“Manufacturers require a powerful platform to enable next-generation services, as well as the flexibility to differentiate their products with new, advanced features,” said Michael Wolf, Practice Director for Digital Home at ABI Research. “TI is focused on delivering a highly flexible architecture that can be adapted quickly and cost-effectively to deliver multiple offerings.”
The UR8 architecture comprises an advanced multimedia gateway processor, a programmable DSL PHY, a high-performance DSP-based voice sub-system and a rich set of local area network (LAN) interfaces. Multiple processors enable the intelligent management of broadband distribution for enhanced throughput and performance. A well-defined application program interface (API) reduces time to market by allowing hardware and software reuse across all DSL platforms.
The UR8 architecture leverages a dedicated DSP to enable exceptional voice capabilities and delivers on TI’s vision of Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) throughout the home with support for up to four channels of wireline or wireless voice. Its high-performance programmable voice subsystem allows manufacturers to leverage TI’s extensive voice codec library and Telogy Software(TM) for VoIP, including wideband codecs, wireline and wireless codecs, and advanced features such as fax and modem relay, packet-loss minimization and noise-reducing algorithms.
The UR8 architecture also has a rich set of interfaces to support distribution of broadband services throughout the home over multiple home networking technologies, including Ethernet, WiFi and standards offered by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA(R)) and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA(TM)).
In addition, the UR8 platforms leverage the extensive interoperability footprint of TI’s field-proven AR7 product family to enable manufacturers to take advantage of existing product investments to develop high-performance, interoperable next-generation RG solutions.
“Service providers have counted on TI’s DSL interoperability through seven generations of products, and our customers look to us for CPE products that maintain interoperability with all of the leading Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs) deployments around the world,” said Kurt Eckles, director or marketing and customer support for TI’s Residential Gateway and Embedded Systems business unit. “We will continue to help our customers leverage the investments they have made in previous product offerings to enable their next-generation gateway products with improved performance, enhanced voice capabilities and advanced video services over all ADSL and VDSL2 standards.”
The five new xDSL solutions based on TI’s next-generation UR8 RG family are sampling today.
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Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company’s businesses include Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
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