|Service Providers & Enterprise
As predicted back in the late 90's, VoIP has truly
become a disruptive technology changing the face
of the telecom industry and bringing a cornucopia of new
features/benefits to communications users everywhere.
VoIP first revolutionized long distance exchange services.
Almost overnight, consumers could purchase telephony cards
or use special access numbers to take advantage of ultra-low
rates – rates
made possible with the use of a VoIP gateway deployed by
an IXC or International Exchange Carrier. Centillium's Entropia™ family
of devices have long been used as the core technology for such
gateways. During this time frame, VoIP 'buzz' was
low as the core technology behind the cheaper rates was invisible
to the end consumer.
Next in line for VoIP adoption were the Enterprise customers.
Small, medium and large companies realized tremendous cost
savings by replacing traditional, hard-to-maintain PBXs and
key systems with new IP-based PBXs. Enterprise IP-phones
allowed workers to transport their number with them when
moved to a new location without expensive rewiring.
VoIP technology has matured through these adoption phases,
and is now ready for mainstream use. Voice quality and overall
equipment reliability now approaches that of more traditional
circuit-switched equipment in both the core and the enterprise,
and a myriad of new services have been enabled. Centillium's
technology, as the main “engine” residing in the
voice gateway, has matured as well.
The Entropia™ family and its extensive C-based APIs
are the result of over three years of use by gateway and
enterprise equipment OEMs a wealth of knowledge encompassed
into a single chip solution.