TI and Nortel Networks to Accelerate Voice over IP Deployments

6/24/2004 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that it is working with Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSX; NT) on advancing interoperability for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment designers and manufacturers.

Under Nortel Networks' global open client strategy both companies plan to work together to increase the marketing adoption and deployment of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based multimedia services in consumer and enterprise markets. Interoperability is of key concern to VoIP service providers, OEMs and silicon manufacturers. The combined efforts of TI and Nortel Networks on interoperability will make it easier for end users to benefit from new communications services, further fueling the growth of the VoIP market.

TI plans to adapt its reference designs for SIP customer premises equipment (CPE) to achieve interoperability with Nortel Networks´ Multimedia Communications Portfolio, which includes the Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 and 5200. TI also plans to integrate the MCS platform into its system test lab to test and pre-validate its Telogy SoftwareTM for VoIP with the MCS, shortening design time.

"With interoperability a major concern for CPE vendors today, we welcome this collaboration between TI and Nortel to ensure the deployability of this technology," said Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO, NETGEAR. "Their commitment to interoperability and standards compliance impacts our own time-to-market and ensures that we can deliver a high-quality experience for the end user as well."

Nortel Networks' Multimedia Communications Portfolio delivers advanced SIP-based multimedia and collaborative applications to both enterprises and service providers. SIP is the next generation IP protocol enabling a new generation of rich media, real-time collaborative devices, applications and services with a view toward consumer communications control, increased productivity and competitiveness.

"Interoperability is crucial to our customers' business, and we are focused on helping service providers uncover new market opportunities by speeding deployment of SIP-based multimedia communications services," said Gordon Quinn, general manager of multimedia communications, Wireline Networks, Nortel Networks. "Ensuring compatibility with TI's Telogy Software will allow service providers to offer a wider range of CPE choices to their customers, create more flexible packaging options and ultimately, expand their business."

TI provides the broadest range of complete voice over packet solutions, which are based on TI's digital signal processing (DSP) technology and award-winning Telogy Software, to over 200 networking equipment manufacturers and designers. TI holds approximately 80 percent of the total VoIP integrated circuit (IC) shipment volume for the IP phone, CPE gateway and infrastructure gateway market segments, according to a November 2003 In-Stat/MDR report.

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