Infineon Technologies Selected To Supply Integrated POTS+ADSL Chipset Solution for Occam Networks' Broadband Loop Carrier Systems
Occam Networks, a leading provider of advanced access network equipment, will use the GEMINAX chipset to provide integrated POTS Voice/Data capability in its recently announced BLC 1200 Remote Terminal (RT). A new category of carrier-class local loop product, Occam BLCs integrate the functionality of a DLC, DSLAM, and media gateway into a single flexible, scalable platform. The BLC 1200 RT is now in field trials.
Occams vision for the future of broadband access is built on the idea of a true single network, providing flexibility, scalability and usability, said Mark Rumer, Occam CTO and co-founder. With its high integration, including key analog functions and system-level software for diagnostic and in-system testing, Infineons GEMINAX chipset lets us take a big step in delivering on this vision in systems supporting the most popular digital subscriber line standard today.
Each GEMINAX chipset supports eight standards compliant ADSL ports and is fully programmable to meet both ADSL and legacy analog telephony specifications. This combination of standards compatibility and programmability provides significant benefits in both logistics and system cost through standardization of materials and assembly.
Infineon produces both data-only and Integrated Voice/Data (IVD) versions of the GEMINAX chipset. The Integrated/Voice Data (IVD) version of the chipset is the only available ADSL transceiver chipset with a fully integrated Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) splitter and support for baseband voice processing. This level of integration can significantly reduce Bill of Material (BOM) costs compared to multi-board solutions that require bulky and expensive external POTS splitters, ADSL line cards, and a traditional Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) voice line card for lifeline voice service.
Infineon recognizes that the key to successful partnerships with leading system providers is to take a step beyond chip design and deliver solutions ready for implementation and deployment, said Christian Wolff, Vice President of Infineons Communications Business Group and General Manager of the Access Business Unit. For the next generation of broadband access equipment, that means delivering the capability to support line testing, deployment and remote diagnostics. The GEMINAX chipset is well equipped to make this vision a reality.
Both versions of the GEMINAX chipset support Dr. DSL® from Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), an add-on firmware feature. Dr. DSL provides extensive support for transmission line probing and testing to pre-qualify loops prior to ADSL service activation. This capability allows line testing directly from the line cards, and even testing with no customer premise equipment installed.
About Occam Networks
Occam Networks Inc. develops and markets a suite of Broadband Loop Carriers, innovative Ethernet- and IP-based loop carrier platforms that enable incumbent local exchange carriers to profitably deliver a variety of traditional and packet voice, broadband and IP services from a single, converged all-packet access network. In November 2001, Occam Networks announced that it had signed a definitive merger agreement with Accelerated Networks (Nasdaq: ACCL). The merger is expected to close late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2002, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the approval of the stockholders of both companies. Occam is headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif. Additional information about the company can be found at www.occamnetworks.com.
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Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smart cards, 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 2001 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.67 billion with about 33,800 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 www.infineon.com.