TI Delivers Turn-key Router Software Solutions for its Proven DSL CPE Family

10/30/2002 - A router software package to enable faster development and deployment of integrated ADSL router solutions worldwide is now available from Texas Instruments Incorporated. The software accompanies TI's widely-deployed AR5 platform for a complete product offering that addresses the market need for ADSL router solutions that provide full feature sets and are simple to configure.

"The DSL market continues to grow rapidly worldwide, particularly in Asia," notes Pat Hurley, DSL Analyst at TeleChoice, Inc. "DSL hardware vendors need solutions that enable them to rapidly deploy new generations of modems and routers. Solutions that combine hardware and software from a single supplier, like TI's AR5 package, can help vendors get their products to market faster."

The AR5 router software package allows service providers to quickly distribute residential class routers to customers with minimal software installation by users, significantly reducing deployment costs. The Linux®-based router software includes optimized feature sets with support for basic router protocols, including network address translation (NAT), application layer gateways (ALG), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC) pass thru for security, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

While customers can go directly to market with the TI Linux turnkey router, customers can also leverage the world's largest on-line development community to easily differentiate and update their TI Linux based router. Additionally, the AR5 router software package is based on TI's core software for DSL, cable and wireless networking, allowing customers to leverage the software knowledge across multiple broadband technology products.

"As service providers move toward deploying routers, rather than traditional Ethernet bridge modems, they will require an optimized, cost-effective solution for widespread deployment," said Greg Jones, general manager of TI's DSL business unit. "The AR5 router software package leverages TI's system expertise and interoperability to help manufacturers meet those requirements, while providing the flexibility to include wireless networking and voice over packet (VoP) capabilities as the market grows."

TI's AR5 family now provides manufacturers a complete ADSL router reference design solution, from the network stack to the silicon. The router software package runs on TI's broadband communications processor which is combined with TI's programmable digital signal processor (DSP) and analog-based DSL physical layer (PHY) technology with proven worldwide interoperability. The communications processor shares a common architecture with TI's other broadband products enabling additional flexibility and design reuse for broadband OEMs.

The AR5 software router package is sampling to customers now.

About Texas Instruments DSL
Texas Instruments provides customers low-power, high-density DSL infrastructure solutions and the building blocks for a variety of DSL CPE including bridges, routers, voice-enabled and 802.11-enabled solutions for local loop deployments. Leveraging the company´s history of innovation in DSL technology development, interoperability testing, customer support and manufacturing capabilities, TI enables customers to meet the requirements of operators worldwide. TI´s DSL business is part of TI´s comprehensive portfolio of broadband solutions including cable modems, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateways, carrier infrastructure, and home and office wireless networking.

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