Siemens ICN Selects Infineon Technologies' Integrated Voice and ADSL Chipset for its Next Generation Access System

Mar 22, 2001 | Market News

Cebit, Hanover, Germany, March 22, 2000 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE:IFX), one of the world’s leading providers of communications integrated circuits (ICs), today announced that Siemens Information and Communication Networks (ICN) has selected its 8 channel IVAX integrated voice and ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) chipset for deployment in its innovative NGAS (Next Generation Access System), Attane FastLink. Using the IVAX, Attane FastLink terminates both voice and data lines of an ADSL connection on the same line card making end-to-end packet-based transmission of combined voice/data services economical today.

In today’s DSL networks, broadband data services are superimposed on voice services as overlay networks. Providing a customer with both packet-based broadband data access (via DSLAM) and traditional TDM-based voice services (via voice switch), requires that both systems work in parallel and are installed in close physical proximity to each other. This configuration requires considerable investments and twice the space, in addition to increased difficulty in fault detection.

"With the number of subscribers requesting converged voice and data services growing exponentially, carriers are looking for a simple basic technology that handles both voice and data yet does not warrant extensive time and money investments”, said Dr. Ulrich Schoen, President of Siemens ICN’s Access Solutions Division. “Our Attane FastLink system with Infineon’s innovative IVAX approach makes the release or adaptation of DSL access possible via software alone – customers can even do this over the Internet, if they wish. Thanks to the Dr. DSL toolbox integrated as firmware on the IVAX chip set – it is no longer necessary to manually configure hardware. Plug & play NTs or modems can be shipped directly to the customer, substantially reducing provisioning costs and saving valuable time”, he added.

“Attane FastLink, Siemens ICN’s new access system was designed to bring relief to service providers faced with the challenge of delivering converged voice and data services to their growing subscriber base.“ said Christian Wolff, Vice President of Infineon’s Communications Business Group and General Manager of the Carrier Access Business Unit. “Its packet-based voice and data transmission, superior quality of service and the IVAX-enabled low-maintenance access technology - simplifies the complexity previously associated with ADSL subscriber lines", he added.


The IVAX chipset is available now.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

About Siemens ICN

Siemens Information and Communication Networks Group (ICN) is a leading provider of integrated voice and data networks for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Its comprehensive portfolio comprises, in particular, IP-based convergence solutions, and a full range of products for broadband access, optical transport networks as well as the integration, services and applications business. The Siemens Group thus provides complete solutions from a single source for the infrastructure of the Next Generation Internet, a prerequisite for mobile business. In fiscal year 2000 (year-end 30 September) ICN posted sales of 11.4 billion euro, and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 692 million euro. ICN employs 53,000 people worldwide. Further information about ICN is available at:

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