SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Europe's Alcatel Microelectronics and Netergy Networks Inc. here today announced a partnership to jointly develop chip sets and reference-design platforms for voice over digital subscriber line (VoDSL) systems.
Netergy Networks said the new chip set will use its Audacity-T2 processor and embedded software for packetized voice, called Veracity. The VoDSL solution will also incorporate Alcatel's DynaMiTe chip set for asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modems.
The alliance will enable Netergy Networks to increase its penetration of network access devices, such as DSL modems, said Paul Voois, chairman and CEO of the Santa Clara company, which was formerly known as 8x8 Inc.
Alcatel--which is currently ranked as the leading supplier of DSL chips--and Netergy will license their technologies to each other for VoDSL solutions. The two companies will also jointly market the jointly developed chip sets to system manufacturers, under the terms of the contract.
Based on market figures from Dataquest Inc. in San Jose, Alcatel has more than a 52% share in DSL revenues worldwide. Another research firm, Forward Concepts in Tempe, Ariz., estimates that more than 1 million modems with VoDSL capabilities will be delivered in 2001.
"In order for us to continue to maintain and grow our leadership position, we need to be able to offer our customers enhanced service capabilities," observed Eric Schutz, vice president of strategic business development at Alcatel Microelectronics, which is based in Belgium. "Clearly, the ability to deliver voice over DSL solutions has great momentum."