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VoIP processor offers 'first' complete IMS solution

Posted: 06 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mindspeed? Comcerto VoIP processor? M82910?

Mindspeed Technologies Inc. has announced its seventh-generation Comcerto VoIP processor, designed for emerging IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) networking applications. According to the company, the Comcerto 900 Series processor will enable service providers to solve the increasingly difficult challenge of seamlessly transcoding wireless and wireline protocols in order to transport voice and video between legacy circuit-switched and next-generation packet-based networks.

"We designed the Comcerto 900 Series processor specifically for next-generation IMS networking equipment, which requires fast and highly efficient processing in support of a complex assortment of wireline and wireless applications, IP protocols, security standards and high-quality voice technology," said Mindspeed CEO Raouf Halim.

The company also said that its new processor will enable service providers to deploy a variety of new IP telephony services in the coming years. In a report released last February, the research firm Dell'Oro said that today's residential and business VoIP services will expand to include fixed-mobile-convergence, multimedia services and gaming as service providers adopt the emerging IMS architecture. The firm predicted that overall market revenues for these services will grow from $1.6 billion in 2004 to $4.7 billion in 2010.

According to Mindspeed, the Comcerto 900 Series M82910 processor integrates a total of 18 high-performance processors, including a powerful DSP, a flexible packet processing engine and additional hardware co-processors for echo cancellation and video processing tasks. A carrier-class solution for VoIP and Voice-over-ATM applications, the new processor supports both packet-to-time-division-multiplexing (packet-to-TDM) and packet-to-packet operation across the entire range of IP modulations to ensure high-quality, high-reliability service delivery across legacy circuit-switched and next-generation IP-based networks, the company explained.

The M82910 processes complete IP packets and ATM cells, and provides an ideal engine to run Mindspeed's suite of modulations, echo cancellers, voice coders and communications protocols, as well as third-generation wireless voice coders, such as adaptive multi rate (AMR) technology for W-CDMA-based networks. A variety of industry-standard streaming interfaces are also provided for scalable system integration, including the high-speed Ethernet RMII/S3MII/GMII/RGMII interface.

The new processor is also capable of processing more than 672 channels of carrier-class VoIP for wireline applications. For wireless applications, it can process more than 200 channels of AMR with complex echo cancelling. AMR is the standard speech codec adopted by the 3GPP. The M82910 also executes Mindspeed's unique approach for mixing and matching codecs, the company said, so that each individual active voice channel may operate any voice codec from among a broad range of options.

The M82910 is both pin- and API-compatible with Mindspeed's previous generation of carrier-class voice processors. Packaged in a 19mm BGA, this device is priced at $250 per unit in OEM volumes of 10,000. Samples are already available, with production quantities expected in Q4 2006.

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