U4EA and Analog Team for Multi-Service Network Reference Design

10/12/2004 - U4EA Technologies, the premiere multi-service network embedded software provider, announced a collaboration with Analog Devices (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, to shorten the time-to-market for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) that develop triple-play network edge equipment -- voice, video and data. The collaboration has already produced a new reference design that will dramatically accelerate time-to-market and reduce the bill-of-materials cost for OEMs that provide multi-service network devices for access, edge and customer premises.

The reference design -- consisting of Analog Devices' Blackfin Fusiv Platform paired with U4EA's GoS embedded software -- serves as the foundation for products that enable service providers to maximize the number of SIP sessions and accurately predict quality of service (QoS) when they provision networks that integrate applications like IP videoconferencing, voice over IP and data. Further information about the reference design is available to OEMs from U4EA Technologies.

"Led by voice over IP, the long-awaited triple-play of voice, data and video services over broadband has taken off. However, QoS remains a significant challenge that will influence the acceptance of service provider offerings," said Michelle Abraham, senior analyst, Converging Markets & Technologies, Multimedia at In-Stat/MDR. "ADI and U4EA provide a strong link in the value chain by cost-effectively addressing this fundamental need for QoS, right within technology destined for the new generation of edge, access and customer premise equipment (CPE) devices."

"With our Blackfin Fusiv Platform, ADI has achieved the distinction of being the first semiconductor company to unite media processing, network processing and voice processing capabilities in one solution," said John Croteau, general manager, Media Platforms and Services Group at Analog Devices, Inc. "Enhancing this ADI convergence platform with U4EA's software delivers a reference design that OEMs can use to make the most of everything that Blackfin Fusiv offers -- a fully integrated, scalable, feature-rich solution that reduces time-to-market as well as total BOM cost for multi-service wired and wireless network equipment."

"ADI's Blackfin Fusiv Platform.s network processing and security features combined with our predictable QoS and SIP technology creates an integrated offering that provides a major advancement in the delivery quality of IP-based multimedia over triple-play networks," said Columb Harrington, chief executive officer of U4EA Technologies. "The platform creates a stackable device that extends the life of existing telephony, PBX and fax equipment while enabling the transition to a converged all-IP network infrastructure, which is also supported by U4EA's predictable multi-service QoS and SIP embedded software. Together they provide PSTN-level reliability while maximising the utilization of the converged network pipe."

ADI's Blackfin Fusiv Platform reduces development time and cost for equipment providers creating the next generation of multi-service edge and CPE devices required to deliver a range of broadband services, beginning with VoIP services and extending to full, triple-play voice, video and data offerings. Complementing the established strengths of the company's Blackfin Processor in media processing, ADI's Fusiv technology provides wire-speed, secure transport and dynamic QoS for small packet sizes for next-generation multi-service convergence platforms. ADI's Blackfin architecture delivers high-performance, scalable, flexible and cost-effective media processing, including multi-format video decoding and multi-channel voice processing.

U4EA adds robust QoS and SIP functionality to network edge devices. Its portable, modular QoS technology protects VoIP and other multimedia applications from data traffic bursts. The technology provides predictable performance under all network loadings, expands the number of SIP sessions that can be carried and maximizes the overall utilization of an infrastructure pipe.

U4EA's software is configured automatically from a high-level traffic specification and supports such protocols and standards as DiffServ, SIP, H.323, ATM, Frame Relay, xDSL, Ethernet and many others. It is implemented with a layered architecture in which dependence on the host operating system is restricted to a virtualization layer and management functions. This makes porting to any software platform very simple and low risk.

About U4EA Technologies
In collaboration with organizations such as Analog Devices, Inc. and Ericsson, U4EA Technologies provides hardened embedded SIP and QoS software components, supported by pre- and post-integration and engineering services, enabling manufacturers of edge, access and CPE devices to deliver integrated, managed and interoperable multiservice equipment with a shorter time to market. Headquartered in Bristol, UK, the company has additional engineering and sales support offices in Sophia Antipolis in France and recently expanded facilities in Fremont, CA. For more information about the company.s software solutions and devices, please visit www.u4eatech.com.

U4EA Technologies Inc., the U4EA logo, U4EA GoS and combinations thereof are trademarks of U4EA Technologies Limited. Blackfin is a registered trademark and Fusiv is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.

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