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TI Advances Emerging Voice Over Cable Technology with New Architecture

Low Power DSP-Based Platform Offers Powerful Processing Technology and Increased Design Flexibility for Cable Manufacturers

Oct 18, 2004

Fall VON, BOSTON (October 18, 2004) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) announced today its next-generation architecture for Voice over Cable (VoCable) products, extending its strategy to provide cable operators with feature rich technology for integrated voice and high speed data services on a single platform. The single chip Puma IV architecture, built upon TI´s current market leading VoCable product offering, capitalizes on TI´s strength in DOCSIS® hardware and software, digital signal processor (DSP) technology and Telogy SoftwareTM for Voice over IP.

The new architecture integrates a high performance applications processor and a closely coupled DSP co-processor for voice applications. Designed to optimize cost and features, the Puma IV architecture meets the current and anticipated PacketCableTM specifications and provides the critical, high performance signal processing capability required for next generation VoCable features including: 

  • the convergence of broadband cable with mobile communications functionality 
  • lower bandwidth requirements for call services 
  • faster and more robust facsimile transmission.

The VoCable market is expanding rapidly with over 15 million IP telephony subscribers expected by 2009, according to Kinetic Strategies Cable IP Communications Infrastructure & Services Forecast (September, 2004). It is also estimated that cable operator revenues will exceed $15 billion for voice subscriptions in the next five years.

"TI understands the market demand for enhanced cable services and we've worked closely with our customers to develop this next generation VoCable architecture," said Brett Butler, general manager of TI's cable broadband communications group. "With its impressive expansion capabilities, our DSP-based Puma IV architecture provides customers with a clear roadmap to next-generation voice products at the right cost point with the right feature set."

The Puma IV architecture leverages TI's award winning and industry-leading VoIP software and silicon, enabling developers to quickly provide toll-quality voice over cable. By integrating technology from its VoIP, Cable and WLAN business units, the Puma IV architecture capitalizes on TI's broadband expertise to develop future products and technology at the center of the digital lifestyle.

Texas Instruments Broadband Solutions

For OEMs developing broadband communications solutions, TI´s advanced signal processing-based silicon and software platforms deliver the optimal performance, lower power consumption, and system-level integration required to rapidly deploy differentiated next-generation products for cable modems, digital subscriber line (xDSL) modems, integrated access devices (IADs), VoIP gateways, carrier infrastructure, and home and office wireless networking. See www.ti.com/broadband.