Aurora, Ill. and Dallas, Texas--Nov. 19, 1997--Texas Instruments (Dallas)and Westell Technologies Inc. (Aurora) announced astrategic alliance that will accelerate the development and deployment of TI's digital signal processing (DSP)-based digital subscriber line (xDSL) technologies with Westell's DSL systems.
Westell and TI will initially work together to define and integrate TI's technologies into Westell's SuperVision xDSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) and customer access equipment. The DSPs will incorporate discrete-multitone (DMT) software technology. According to industry analysts, DSP-basedsolutions are expected to provide the industry's best cost/density/performance implementation for standards-compliant DSL system solutions. The Westell DMT products are planned for customer availability in the first half of 1998.
In addition, TI and Westell will jointly define and develop nextgeneration DSL solutions. These platforms will include higher speed and consumer-oriented digital modems and will leverage DSP programmability to include value-added services like network and service management. The results of these efforts are expected to provide mass volume deployment of broadband multimedia services, such as high-speed internet access, work at home, andreal-time video communications.
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