Innovada, Oki Unveil Low-Cost, V.22bis Embedded Modem Solution

4/25/2003 - Oki Semiconductor, a leading technology partner for the new era of digital communications and convergence, together with Innovada, a leader in device to device communications, announced a V.22bis embedded modem solution for Oki's advantage microcontrollerTM family of general purpose MCU products. The software modem solution, in combination with Oki's ARM7TM core family-based ML674K and ML675K series of microcontrollers, is a turn-key, inexpensive alternative to hardware modem chipsets, and is aimed at industrial, point-of-sale, remote access and other data applications.

The Oki-Innovada solution consists of two parts: Innovada's soft modem designed to run on Oki's advantage microcontrollerTM families, and a device analog adaptor (DAA), a fully integrated line-interface component. All of the analog circuitry is included in one component, resulting in reduced design-in and manufacturing costs, a low unit price, and higher reliability for users. A smaller package footprint enables the Oki-Innovada soft modem solution to be implemented in a greater selection of products.

"Today's announcement is another step in our commitment to expand the solutions and functionality available for Oki's ARM7 families of MCU products," said Mitchell Le, senior product marketing manager for MCU products, Oki Semiconductor. "The availability of a cost- effective V.22bis embedded solution will provide designers with another communication option that carries low design risk. System designers can now include seamless Internet connectivity at very little additional cost."

Key features of the Oki-Innovada soft modem include:

"By providing all of the line interface hardware as a single highly integrated component, and combining it with optimized modem software, the risk and development delays associated with adding modem connectivity to products is removed," said Brendan Murphy, CTO of Innovada. "Replacing modem ICs with a software modem running on the embedded system's controller, reduces costs and improves reliability by reducing the overall chip count, realizing the goal of single-chip solutions for a broad range of markets."

Oki's ML674K and ML675K Series
Oki's ML674K series of MCU products announced earlier this year are aimed at designers seeking 32-bit CPU performance at a price that is highly competitive with 8-bit and 16-bit products. Based on the ARM7TDMI® core, the Oki ML674K and ML675K product families are general-purpose microcontrollers ideally suited for a range of applications including industrial, consumer electronics, biomedical and medical instrumentation, PC peripherals and security appliance systems. The ML674K series of MCU solutions, and Oki's newly introduced ML675K series with even higher performance, provide better alternatives to proprietary architecture in great part because of the higher performance, wider industry support, more ready-to-use software applications and a range of tools from third-party vendors.

Price and Availability
The Innovada IN30144 single package DAA is presently sampling. Production prices are less than $3 in quantities of 10,000 units. The Innovada soft modem is available under a royalty-free license.

About Innovada
Innovada, the device connectivity company, is an innovator of embedded Internet connectivity and device communications solutions. Innovada combines its communications protocol and custom digital signal processing (DSP) architectures to reduce both the cost and complexity of Internet access. By applying this unique approach, Innovada delivers to customers the plug-and-play capability that meets the exploding demand for wired and wireless Internet device connectivity. Innovada is a global technology company with its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California, and European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. For more information about Innovada, visit

About Oki Semiconductor
Building on Oki's century-long commitment to communications technologies and markets, Oki Semiconductor designs and markets a broad line of advanced integrated circuits for telecommunications, automotive, computer and consumer products. Oki's product lines include telecommunications, RF, speech synthesis, ASIC, microcontroller, display drivers, and memory devices, offered in a variety of creative packages. Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Oki Semiconductor is a division of Oki America Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oki Electric Industry Co, Ltd. Oki has ISO-9000 and QS9000-certified manufacturing facilities in Japan and Thailand. Information on Oki Semiconductor and its products is available through its web site at:

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