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Texas Instruments Newest Carrier Infrastructure Platform Speeds Operators' Transition to a Converged, All-IP Network

New Platform of Products Support Video and Promotes IMS, Offering Service Providers Additional Revenue Opportunities While Lowering Total Cost of Ownership

Jan 30, 2006

DALLAS (January 30, 2006) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE:TXN] today announced a new DSP-based carrier infrastructure platform that will enable fixed, cable and mobile service providers to transform their existing networks into multi-service internet protocol (IP) networks with voice, video and data services. By incorporating all of the necessary functionality into a single, SOC-based solution, TI is able to address the requirements of various service provider networks. Equipment manufacturers will recognize reduced research and development expenses by developing converged platforms. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/cis.
According to Dell'Oro Group, service providers worldwide are faced with the gargantuan task of deploying IP-based networks to meet the ever-growing demands of consumers while lowering their own operating expenses. Carriers such as British Telecom place the cost of upgrading their networks at approximately £10 Billion between 2005 and 2010. However, the benefits of transitioning to IP far outweigh the costs. An IP-based platform will enable service providers to deliver new products and services with one-third less equipment and in half the time. Equipment manufacturers will realize an effective, evolutionary path to developing systems capable of delivering multimedia/3G services, within an IP multimedia services (IMS) environment, while streamlining investment in research and development. Additionally, consumers will benefit from greater flexibility and access to more sophisticated services available to them, such as mobile video conferencing and video content streaming.
"This transition will impact a variety of existing network equipment, including Class 4 and Class 5 switches as well as media gateways in voice networks, packet gateways in broadband applications and transcoding functions in 3G wireless networks," said Greg Collins, senior director of Dell'Oro Group. "A successful solution will require high performance, flexibility, the ability to handle multiple user channels and be delivered by a vendor with solid systems expertise to address the varied needs of the equipment manufacturers as well as the carriers themselves."
TI developed its new carrier infrastructure platform based on 20 years of customer feedback in fixed and mobile communications applications. Further, nine out of the top ten 3G original equipment manufacturers are existing TI customers. The company also applies its exceptional video expertise, leveraging technology common with TI's DaVinciTM technology developed to address the growing demands in video and imaging applications. TI continues to build upon its significant carrier infrastructure systems experience to address the divergent needs of service providers worldwide. This knowledge was also tapped in the development of TI's PIQUATM technology, enabling service providers to dramatically improve their quality of service and enhance the subscriber experience. 

New Platform Offers Three Elements

TI's new carrier infrastructure platform is comprised of three unique elements - silicon, software and reference designs that include evaluation modules. The silicon architecture expands on that of the company's previous Voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure products, offering even higher solution density and the ability to support a greater breadth of applications, like video processing. The new processor is based on the same TMS320C64x+TM core that has provided TI its video leadership, allowing for the delivery of voice, video and data from a single source. TI's manufacturing reliability allows equipment manufacturers to keep their total cost of ownership low through exceptional board yield and field-proven reliability.

The second element of this platform includes the industry-leading Telogy


 voice software - already used by over 80 percent of the VoIP infrastructure industry - as well as a rich library of software modules designed to support the needs of fixed, mobile and cable network equipment manufacturers. These elements will address a variety of standards and technologies, including those features and functions required for Class 4 and Class 5 replacement, PacketCable 1.5, modem/fax transmission, wireless transcoding applications, wireless media gateways, wireless trunking, encryption, redundancy, diagnostics and service enhancements. TI is also working with key value-added third parties to offer complementary solutions. 

With its continued support for fixed and mobile networks, the single chip offers video and wireless codecs, setting the stage for IMS that offers unmatched quality of services and unique offerings, like digital video from generation to delivery and digital quality voice and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC).

The third element of this platform is a fully functional evaluation module. This element allows equipment manufacturers to get to market faster and provides for ease of implementation.

Together these three elements will allow carriers to quickly deploy the newer services that are being demanded by consumers. These components will also support the goals of FMC and IMS.

"As broadband subscribers begin to understand the full capabilities of their connections and wireless subscribers see their handset as more than a tool for making calls, they will want access to the newest and most exciting features to expand the capabilities of their devices," said Brian Glinsman, general manager of TI's communication infrastructure group. "Equipment based on our newest infrastructure product will enable OEMs the ability to offer service providers unique, revenue-generating services while upgrading their network to support IP." 


The three elements of the new carrier infrastructure platform will sample to targeted customers in the second half of 2006.