ARC, Hellosoft Double VoIP Channel Capacity

ARC International (LSE:ARK), a leading provider of consumer intellectual property (IP) to OEM and semiconductor companies globally, announced a VoIP solution based on the ARC® Sound[tm] platform running the VoIP software suite available from HelloSoft, Inc. a leading provider of VoIP technologies, that provides SoC customers twice the voice channels of comparable IP cores. The ARC and Hellosoft hardware-software combination enables SoC developers to achieve double the voice channels in a smaller silicon area and at lower power consumption than currently available RISC processors on the market.

ARC’s platform efficiency is so compelling that it has already signed a licensing deal with an unnamed fabless semiconductor manufacturer shipping volume with a competing IP supplier who decided to replace that solution based on the proven efficiencies of ARC’s solution. This will differentiate their SoC with up to 4 channels of voice in the highly competitive internet access market.

“We chose Hellosoft’s highly optimized, VoIP software solution, because it delivers excellent voice quality while requiring less processing power on our combined RISC+DSP platform, thus giving ARC a significant advantage against our competitors,” said Sean Redmond, vice president worldwide field operations of ARC International. “VoIP is finding its way into PCs, cell phones, and corded and cordless communications devices using WiFi, WiMAX connectivity for voice communications. Our SoC customers now have an ARC and Hellosoft solution that will give them an edge in pursuing this application space.”

“We developed our software solution to meet the rigorous requirements of voice interoperability in VoIP enabled multi-media devices including handheld gaming units, VoIP terminals, handsets, set-top-boxes, and residential gateways,” said Rama Rao Sreeramaneni, VP and GM VoIP business unit of HelloSoft, Inc. “Our patented technology delivers high voice quality through highly tuned speech post-processing and enhancement algorithms including echo cancellation, noise suppression and automatic volume control. With ARC we have a more efficient platform that can better exploit our software’s full potential.”

Technical Details of the Solution
ARC’s and Hellosoft’s VoIP solution enables a single channel to provide the entire telephony stack including Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), G.723.1 full-duplex 3-way conference calling, line echo cancellation, real-time operating system and TCP/IP. The entire solution is expected to require less than 65 MHz of processor bandwidth. This enables a 2-channel implementation in 130-nm process technology with plenty of headroom to grow to 4 channels in 90nm.

Availability
The ARC Sound Subsystem is available immediately for licensing. The Hellosoft VoIP software will be available by the end of the first quarter 2009. For more information, contact voip@arc.com.

About ARC International plc
ARC International is a world leading provider of consumer IP to OEM and semiconductor companies globally. ARC’s award-winning, vertically integrated audio and video solutions enable high quality multimedia content to be captured, shared, and played on a wide range of electronics devices. ARC’s 150+ customers collectively ship hundreds of millions of ARC-Based[tm] chips annually in products such as Mobile TVs, Portable Media Players, WiFi-/WiMAX-enabled computers, flash storage, digital cameras, network appliances, and medical and government systems. ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate and research and development offices in San Jose and Lake Tahoe, Calif., St. Albans, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE: ARK).

ARC, ARC Sound, and ARC-Based are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARC International with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other international trademark organizations.

About HelloSoft
HelloSoft is the world’s leading provider of VoIP Technologies for wireline and wireless devices. The company enables mass deployment of low-cost, power-efficient, full-featured multi-mode wireline and wireless devices by providing highly optimized RISC-based VoIP software products with superior voice quality, QoS, and efficient call switching specifically designed for next generation end-points. HelloSoft’s VOIP stack enables seamless hand-off between cellular and Wi-Fi networks for multi-mode handsets. This comprehensive portfolio of award winning VoIP products enables OEMs, ODMs and semiconductor manufacturers to deliver VoIP enabled products with a short time to market schedule. HelloSoft is headquartered in San Jose, California with an R&D facility in Hyderabad. HelloSoft’s customers include top semiconductor manufacturers, Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) globally, including Skype, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Accton, Toshiba, Wistron NeWeb Corp, Panasonic, Orange, Jajah, BenQ and 5V Technologies. HelloSoft’s partners include Sonus, Tango, Nestep, ARC, ARM, Texas Instruments, Intel, Microsoft and Symbian.