4/1/2004 - EDN Magazine announced that the AR7 ADSL Router on Chip from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) was chosen as the winner of EDN's 2003 Innovation and Innovator of the Year awards competition and came in first in the Application-Specific Standard Products/SOCs category. The AR7 ADSL Router on Chip is the first fully integrated access router delivering superior ADSL performance as well as ADSL2+ and low system cost to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
"TI is committed to providing innovative technology to manufacturers who are developing next-generation products ranging from broadband DSL routers to consumer electronics and wireless devices," said Mike Hames, Senior VP, Application Specific Products, TI. "Winning the EDN Innovation Awards for application SOCs is an achievement and testament to the passion that TI has to developing DSP- and analog-based technology and sharing our expertise with the industry."
A panel of EDN technical editors selected the finalists from hundreds of entries, and the winners were determined by a public vote on EDN's web site. Winners were announced at an awards banquet last night in San Francisco, and will be featured in a special section of EDN's April 15 issue.
First Truly Integrated ADSL Modem on a Single Chip
Although a shared broadband connection is a key driver of home networking, many consumers feel that home networks are burdened with too many boxes and peripherals. TI met this challenge by creating the AR7 ADSL router on chip. The AR7 is unique to the marketplace as the first truly integrated ADSL modem and bridge/router on a single piece of silicon. The AR7 integrates all devices, including the line driver, as compared to competitors´ single chip ADSL products that merely use multi-chip modules or do not integrate the line driver. As a result, manufacturers´ ability to integrate the router and DSL modem ultimately reduces the price that consumers pay for gear. Other features of the AR7 include programmable digital transmitting and receiving filters, dynamic adaptive equalization, integrated power regulators, and a 10/100 Ethernet PHY as well as a four-port Ethernet switch chip and an 802.11 wireless chip that consumers can mate with a modem/router.
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