Hughes Software Systems Teams with Surf to Provide an Integrated Media Gateway Development Kit for Motorola’s StarCore-Based DSPs

7/22/2002 - Hughes Software Systems (HSS), specialists in convergent network software, and Surf Communication Solutions (Surf), a leading supplier of embedded network convergence software today announced the forthcoming availability of an integrated Media Gateway solution for carrier class and enterprise applications designed for operation on Motorola’s StarCore-based Digital Signal Processors (DSP).

Targeted at the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) serving the IP Telephony market, the integrated solution provides a complete tool set for developing Media Gateways for convergent packet voice, modem and fax services. The reference platform tool kit includes hardware reference designs, DSP software and control and management stack software.

Hughes Software Systems Ltd. (HSS), specialist in Convergent Network software, is a leader in providing GPRS, UMTS as well as VoP software. HSS’s MEGACO based Protocol Framework for Media gateway has been integrated with SURF’s DSP Software configured for Motorola’s StarCore-based DSPs and was demonstrated at the Seattle Voice On the Net Spring conference in April 2002.

Surf provides SMP™ universal port DSP software for the IP telephony market. At the CeBIT (March, 2002) tradeshow in Hanover, the SurfRider-240M DSP farm was demonstrated servicing 672 high-density voice channels or 240 channels of modem termination, fax and voice convergence.

“Hughes Software Systems is focused on delivering highly integrated and proven solutions that enable OEMs to decrease time-to-revenue and focus on value-added applications”, said Manoranjan Mohapatra, Chief Operating Officer of HSS. “We are happy to be collaborating with Motorola and Surf to provide a working concept of the Media Gateway solution. In providing the proven building blocks to our customers, we see them greatly benefiting by cutting down their time to revenue.”

“While the individual components for Media Gateways are already available, we found a need from our customers for an integrated solution,” said Avi Fisher, VP R&D of Surf. “We have delivered actual, working proof of a concept in which all software and hardware integration and interface issues have been resolved. Thanks to our SMPEngineTM Host API, the integration effort with HSS has been streamlined, and we expect our customers to enjoy similar savings”. SMPEngine? is a single interface for both enterprise and higher density Media Gateways. Running on the Host Controller, it provides an easy-to-integrate API that interfaces with the wide range of Surf’s DSP software products.

“The bundling of Surf’s DSP software, StarCore-based DSP resource boards, and HSS’ control/ protocol stacks resolves the integration issues of Media Gateway hardware and software components,” said Tim Summers, Motorola’s director of Packet Telephony operations. “We have worked together with HSS and Surf to ensure that their integrated media gateway software is fully compliant with our StarCore-based DSP products. Our customers can buy the best of breed products from three leading companies – Motorola, HSS and Surf - with the confidence that they will work properly together.”

Surf and HSS will provide the necessary tools and engineering services to support original designs of low or high-density Gateways. Surf and HSS have begun demonstrating the Gateway application.

About Hughes Software Systems (HSS)
Hughes Software Systems Ltd. (HSS), Specialists in Convergent Network software and India's leading communications software company, offers full spectrum software services, products and solutions to leading Communication OEMs around the world. HSS' technology focus is in the convergence market with products and services in Next Generation Networks and Mobile Data. Assessed at SEI-CMM Level 4 for all its development centers and all lines of business, HSS has been an ISO 9001 company since 1996. HSS is a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. HSS' U.S. headquarters are located in Germantown, MD. Ranked among the best companies to work for in India, by Hewitt Associates, HSS has a team of over 1600 world class professionals, at its development centers in India: at Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi and in Bangalore. With sales and support offices in the US, the UK, Germany and Finland, it is represented throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to support its global customer base.

For more information about HSS contact:
Jay Vikram Bakshi
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: +91-124-6355555 Extn. 2865
Fax: + 91-124- 6455100

About Surf
Founded in 1996, Surf Communication Solutions is a leading developer and supplier of embedded network convergence software that lends flexibility, scalability, and high density to products handling data modem, fax, and voice services over Packet Telephony networks. The company's software is integrated into embedded data communication equipment developed by original equipment manufacturers in the telecommunications, telephony, data communications and wireless industries. Surf is a privately held company headquartered in Yokne'am, Israel, with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information about Surf contact:
Sigal Segev
Marketing Communication Manager
Tel: +972-4-909-5777 Extn. 712
Fax: +972-4-959-4055

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