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Embedded VoIP platform suits industrial, commercial apps

Posted: 08 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded VoIP platform? industrial application? voice application?

M53281MOD VoIP module

Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled an embedded VoIP reference platform solution designed to speed time-to-market for industrial embedded voice applications using VoIP technology. Developed in collaboration with Arcturus Networks Inc., the solution is available as an evaluation and development kit, a ready-to-use module, or MCU-and-software combination for integration into a customer's hardware and software product.

Freescale's M53281KIT is a VoIP reference platform, evaluation and development kit featuring a host board, VoIP module based on the ColdFire MCF53281 MCU family, VoIP voice processing software and a Middleware stack from Arcturus. The hardware and software solution is designed for residential, industrial and commercial embedded voice using VoIP applications, such as intercom systems used in residential, commercial and industrial settings.

The M53281KIT also includes LCD interface daughter card, audio headset, P&E BDM wiggler and GNU tools. The VoIP module features MCF53281CVM240 MCU, 32Mbyte SDRAM, 16Mbyte NOR flash, 10/100 Ethernet, CAN transceiver and SVGA LCD. In addition, the module provides access to various peripherals and I/O and analog audio subsystem with codec/amplifier.

"As VoIP technology has matured and entered the mainstream of the communications market, system developers look for highly integrated, market-ready solutions optimized for performance and cost effectiveness," said Jeff Bock, global product marketing manager of Freescale's consumer and industrial MCU division. "The VoIP reference platform co-developed by Freescale and Arcturus is designed to enable 'out-of-the-box' productivity for developing innovative embedded-voice applications."

In addition, the VoIP reference platform demonstrates how the control, performance and connectivity capabilities of Freescale's 32bit MCF53281 and MCF53721 ColdFire MCUs enable embedded designers to add voice functionality to a wide range of applications. The ColdFire platform also can be used to replace existing analog intercom systems while providing improved quality and many additional features. These may include the choice of call routing, various wired and wireless network options, centralized voice-based customer support in multiple languages and access to the public telephone network.

Incorporating optimized management and media middleware from Arcturus, the VoIP reference platform supports a wide range of system configurations, form factors, performance/cost points and target applications in the industrial and consumer markets. The platform's key features include media signaling that is interoperability certified with leading infrastructure equipment as well as open source PBX implementations, a comprehensive device management system with Web UI, SSL based remote management and simple APIs for application integration. The kit also provides a comprehensive open source uClinux BSP.

The M53281KIT VoIP reference platform is available for a suggested resale price of $749. The M53281MOD VoIP module is available for $99 in 1,000 units. Suggested resale pricing in 10,000-unit quantities for the MCF53281CVM240 and MCF53721CVM240 ColdFire MCUs starts at $12.94.

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