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Agere Systems today announced the release of the new APP100 chip, the world’s fastest, highest capacity network processor for Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) voice applications.

Agere Systems today announced the world’s fastest, highest capacity network processor for Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) voice applications.

Agere’s new APP100 is available for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless infra structure equipment, including Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers and third-generation wireless base stations deployed in the access network.

According to Agere Systems, the APP100 chip processes voice signals at speeds up to 622 megabits per second-four times faster than the nearest competing standalone chips. In addition, the chip can simultaneously process 32,000 voice channels, eight times more than competing standalone chips.

Competing solutions require three chips to perform the same functions as the APP100. With its high level of integration, Agere’s chip is said to significantly reduce silicon, board space and system power requirements. The APP100 also connects directly, and is sold as a solution, with Agere’s APP500 5 Gbits/s family of single chip network processor chips.

‘Agere’s approach of building a chip designed for voice-over-ATM contrasts with Agere’s key competitors who attempt to do all AAL2 functions in software on a network processor,’ said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. ‘This software approach uses a significant portion of the processor’s capabilities, leaving less room to perform other functions.’

Sample quantities of the APP100 are scheduled to be available in November; production quantities are planned for next April. The chip is priced at $40 in quantities of 1,000.

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