Austin, TX--February 24, 1997--Motorola Semiconductor (Phoeniz, AZ) and Sourcecom (Westlake Village, CA) announced a strategic alliance that is expected to move the ADSL industry closer to meeting telephone companies' (telcos) and Internet Service Providers' (ISPs) need for network interoperability of ADSL equipment.
The two companies will jointly develop and market a comprehensive, highly- integrated hardware and software reference design for an ADSL Transmission Unit for the Remote End (ATU-R). Available to any organization interested in providing ADSL equipment, this reference design will incorporate the standards-based CopperGold ADSL Transceiver chip, the MPC8XO series of Motorola processors, modem control software, and Sourcecom's standards-based InnerWare internetworking software suite to allow the development of highly-integrated, cost-competitive, and interoperable ATU-R solutions. By using the reference design, which includes all aspects of the ATU-R, equipment providers can address interoperability issues while optimizing for product cost and time-to-market without incurring heavy development expenditures.
Motorola Semiconductor and Sourcecom, active participants in the ADSL Forum, will take advantage of the fact that the CopperGold Transceiver is designed to be compliant with ANSI T1E1.4 and ETSI ETR-328 standards, and will work within the parameters of the ADSL Forum's standards efforts to provide the higher layer of protocol specifications necessary for the production of interoperable ADSL solutions by various equipment vendors. Today, InnerWare already supports industry standards for layer 2 and layer 3 specifications including PPP, HDLC, Frame Relay, and soon, ATM-to-subscriber. In addition, InnerWare also supports IP and IPX routing, transparent bridging, and SNMP and related management MIBs.
The reference design's open architecture is designed to be customizable without jeopardizing interoperability, allowing each equipment vendor to adapt the design to their own particular applications and to add their own value to the resulting products. Another benefit of this reference design is that the same hardware platform supports multiple network types, including Ethernet and ATM.
Motorola and Sourcecom will make the comprehensive ATU-R hardware design and schematics available at no cost to ADSL vendors and service providers. InnerWare as customized for the reference design will be licensed in object form by Sourcecom on an aggressive per-copy basis with no initial licensing fee. The reference design is expected to be available by the end of Q2 1997.
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