PLANO, Tex. -- Microtune Inc. here today announced a partnership with Cisco Systems Inc. to jointly develop radio-frequency ICs for next-generation cable Internet access products and telephony systems using the Texas company's RF-tuner chip technology.
Four-year-old Microtune said it will work with San Jose-based Cisco to define and commercialize next-generation broadband tuner chips for high-speed data and voice applications over two-way cable systems. Microtune said new "MicroTuner" chips will be engineered for voice-over-cable applications, supporting the PacketCable Internet Protocol specification, while enabling two-way, interoperable cable modems. The new MicroTuners are expected to enter production in 2001.
"New World services, such as Voice-over-IP, are enabled with this innovative single-chip tuner technology due to its lower power consumption and high reliability," said Steve Nevalsky, senior manager of engineering in Cisco's Cable Business Unit in San Jose.