NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Conexant Systems Inc. here today introduced a four-in-one chip set that integrates Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), V.90 dial-up modem capability, home phone-line networking and Ethernet-ready functionality.
Part of Conexant's AccessRunner family of client digital subscriber line (DSL) modems, the new chip set supports any combination of the functions concurrently, making it the industry's first PC residential home gateway solution, according to the Newport Beach company.
"Previously, consumers had to install multiple cards to achieve this level of functionality," said Chee Kwan, division director of broadband products for Conexant's Personal Computing Division. "This highly-integrated solution delivers a broadband-enabled PC residential gateway that bringshigh-speed Internet access, and the capabilities to share that access, easily with members of the household or office."
By using horizontal integration across four different physical media for use in one PCI slot, Conexant has freed up slots for other PC applications.
According to market research by Cahners In-Stat Group, the home networking market will grow to $5.7 billion by 2004.
Conexant said its AccessRunner client modem solutions are available now starting at $49 each in quantities of 10,000.