SIP and IPLink in the Next-Generation Network

Because of its roots in standard Internet protocols, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is quickly gaining popularity with application, communication, and network service providers (ASPs, CSPs, and NSPs) focused on offering their customers innovative new services. Another key to offering powerful next-generation network services is IPLink, a comprehensive, standards-based software and hardware development platform for Internet Protocol (IP) telephony servers.

IPLink provides the architectural and programmatic link to other Intel telephony technologies, as well as to products from the entire Intel computer telephony community. SIP greatly expands the access of the PC and Web developer community to computer telephony resources, in both the enterprise and service provider spaces, by enabling developers to interact with telephony resources the same way they interact with other Internet resources.

The strengths of SIP are its simplicity and its synergy with other standard IP protocols including HTTP, DNS, and SDP. Because of its design, SIP can more efficiently set up and tear down connections than other protocols. Using standard IP infrastructure, SIP is much easier to adopt and integrate for the large body of IP-literate developers familiar with Web-based programming.

Like SIP, IPLink also offers simplicity. Compliant with all relevant IP protocols and specifications, this single PCI or cPCI board provides maximum flexibility in supporting standard IP call control and media gateway protocols, as well as a wide variety of vocoder algorithms.

Together, SIP and IPLink provide a streamlined and powerful foundation for developing the ground-breaking next-generation network services that are essential to the success of today's ASPs, CSPs, and NSPs. SIP and IPLink combine to provide a major building block for killer apps in the next-generation network.

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