Munich, March 7, 2007 - In a newly published guidebook, Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX), a leading provider of electronic chips for communication systems, identifies and refutes seven common myths that many people believe about voice over IP technology (VoIP). The guidebook clearly shows that substandard voice quality and security loopholes are things of the past. It also provides detailed information about cost and energy efficiency. The VoIP guidebook can be downloaded from the Internet free of charge at
One of the most widely held misconceptions is that voice quality inevitably improves when higher speed broadband connections are used to access the Internet. However, the fact is that high-speed data rates (such as the 16 Mbps delivered by ADSL) can actually have a negative impact on VoIP voice quality. This is because new applications such as television delivered over the Internet (IP TV) place such heavy demands that they can impair the flow of data for other applications. To bypass this problem, VoIP chips from Infineon use two separate cores – one for voice and one for data – to guarantee optimal voice quality at all times.
The Infineon guidebook also has some new revealing facts about the hotly debated issue of VoIP security. Users will, for example, discover why VoIP provides better protection against eavesdroppers than traditional analog phones. They will also find out how to guard their user accounts against illegal usage.
"The guidebook sheds light on the perceived gloom that so often overshadows VoIP. It addresses the fears and concerns of users about this new technology," says Dominik Bilo, Vice President Sales and Group Marketing Business Group Communication Solutions at Infineon. "The times when VoIP was reserved only for a handful of computer experts using PCs and accepting low-quality voice calls and dropping conversations are gone. In fact, chip and system-level innovations have made VoIP so much better than analog voice, that it is no longer just a cheap alternative to traditional services, but a whole new value added service by itself”.