Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] announced its newest IP phone platform, enabling manufacturers to deliver cost effective IP phones for the low-end enterprise, small and medium business (SMB), and residential markets. This new addition to TI’s IP phone product suite leverages the company’s extensive experience in the Voice over IP (VoIP) industry and is powered by TI’s digital signal processors (DSP), enabling real-time signal processing, low-power consumption and tremendous flexibility for next-generation VoIP devices. The TNETV2502 offers manufacturers a complete turnkey system for developing cost effective IP phones with up to a 50 percent reduction in the bill of materials (BOM).
According to recent In-Stat research, revenues for VoIP semiconductors will grow from just over $600 million in 2006 to $2.63 billion in 2010. IP phones will account for 60 percent of total VoIP semiconductor sales in 2010, demonstrating the viability of delivering products to support this growing market.
The TNETV2502 incorporates TI’s TMS320C55x(TM) DSP generation and a software license from Adaptive Digital Technologies Incorporated (Adaptive Digital) for the IP phone software package. Adaptive Digital, a long-time member of the TI DSP Third Party Network, has over ten years of experience developing and supporting VoIP software on TI DSPs, including the TMS320C5000(TM) and TMS320C6000(TM) platforms. By collaborating with Adaptive Digital on the TNETV2502 platform, TI can quickly and effectively deliver a low-cost IP phone solution to its OEM and ODM customers, offering them a reduced time to market and decreased BOM. At the same time, the performance and flexibility of TI’s DSPs coupled with Adaptive Digital’s software allows manufacturers to deliver unmatched scalability to easily meet the evolving feature and standards requirements of the VoIP market.
“We understand that for those business subscribers and residential users looking to capitalize on the cost savings of VoIP, low-end IP phones, like those based on the TNETV2502, are ideal to meet their requirements,” said Brian McCarthy, president of Adaptive Digital. “As part of our continuing legacy with TI, we are proud to offer to manufacturers around the world a VoIP solution that can be customized and quickly deployed to meet the needs and demands of their customer base.”
By utilizing a TNETV2502-based IP phone, small and medium enterprises can easily take advantage of the benefits of VoIP without making a significant cost and time investment in more expensive VoIP handsets. Low-end IP phones provide the features and performance certain business and residential subscribers require without significant power consumption or the advanced functionality of more complex devices. These IP phones are typically characterized as having basic phone features with one voice port, which is one channel of G.711 or G.729AB, and basic SIP signaling and call control capabilities. Conferencing and other supplementary services are usually handled in the network, and additional codecs are optional.
“We are committed to constantly expanding our product portfolio from low-end to high, delivering the right DSP-based VoIP technology for customers of all sizes and all requirements, with the ideal mix of features and performance to best meet their needs,” said Fred Zimmerman, director of VoIP customer premises solutions for TI. “With the TNETV2502, TI is targeting a market segment that is often overlooked while delivering the benefits of our robust and field-proven VoIP solutions to business and residential subscribers looking to experience the many benefits of VoIP technology.”
TI’s TNETV2502 includes the silicon, software and a complete reference design, offering manufacturers all the tools needed to develop IP phones. The software features run on TI’s popular DSP/BIOS(TM) operating system, reducing the amount of royalties that may be necessary for manufacturers developing IP phones with the platform. TI also offers indemnified codecs, further easing manufacturers challenges for delivering low-end IP phones to the market. TI’s TNETV2502 reference design is also the first low-cost IP phone solution from TI incorporating the latest Power-over-Ethernet technology, which allows a phone to be powered directly from a standard Ethernet cable instead of an AC power supply. General availability of the TNETV2502 is expected in 3Q07.
As the leading provider of VoIP solutions, TI has shipped over 500 million VoIP ports worldwide for the IP phone, customer premise equipment (CPE) gateway and high-density infrastructure markets. TI works with leading IP phone vendors worldwide and has the largest installed customer base and portfolio of field-hardened solutions to meet the demands of the growing VoIP market.