DEMONSTRATES BROADBASED INTEROPERABILITY WITH MULTI-VENDOR PRODUCTS
UTILIZING ALCATEL'S ADSL CHIPSETS
Centillium CPE Chipsets
Interoperate with DSLAM Products Based on Alcatel CO Chipsets; Centillium
CO Chipsets Interoperate with Modems Based on Alcatel CPE Chipsets
FREMONT, Calif., August 2, 1999 - Centillium Technology Corporation
today announced that it has achieved interoperability with ADSL (Asymmetric
Digital Subscriber Line) G.lite (G.992.2) products from market leaders
Next Level Communications (NLC) and Efficient Networks. Modems based
on Centillium's customer premises equipment chipsets passed multi-layer
interoperability tests with the NLevel3 Unified Access Platform from
NLC, which utilizes Alcatel's DynaMiTe ADSL chipset. DSLAM equipment
based on Centillium's central office chipsets passed interoperability
tests with Efficient Networks' soon-to-be-released SpeedStream modems
and routers for G.lite, which utilize Alcatel's ADSL modem chipsets.
Centillium recently demonstrated live product interoperability with
equipment from NLC and Efficient Networks at SuperComm99 in Atlanta.
"Together with NLC and Efficient Networks, we have undeniably demonstrated
the compatibility of Centillium's G.lite chipsets with ADSL chipsets
from Alcatel," said Faraj Aalaei, vice president of marketing and
business development, Centillium Technology. "Last month we also
announced interoperability with the new full rate and G.lite chipsets
from Orckit Communications. As a result, Centillium is now the only
vendor delivering G.lite chipset solutions that are compatible with
chipsets from the top two ADSL DSLAM vendors in the world."
"Efficient Networks tested its G.lite modems and routers with several
DSLAM vendors utilizing G.lite line cards based on Centillium Technology's
central office chipset products," said Peter Bourne, Director of
Marketing, Efficient Networks. "We found that our Alcatel chipset-based
customer premises equipment is compatible with eight-port G.lite DSLAM
line cards using Centillium chipsets."
Centillium CO Chipset
CopperLite CO (central office) chipset consists of the CT-L21DC08
Digital chip and the CT-L21AC08 Analog chip. Networking equipment manufacturers
can use these cost-effective, power-efficient chip sets as the foundation
for multi-port line cards in DLC's and DSL Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs),
as well as next generation carrier-class platforms.
The CopperLite CO chipset is highly integrated and offers maximum port
density, supporting up to eight DSL ports with just two chips. Very
low power requirements help keep power dissipation to less than 0.65
watts per port. The CopperLite chip set was recently used by Promatory
Communications to build the industry's highest port density line card
with 32 ports. Promotory's DSLAM can deliver 1000 G.lite ports in a
standard 7-foot rack based on Centillium's chip set.
The CopperLite CO chipset is based on Centillium's software-upgradable
Communications DSP, which ensures long product life cycles without the
need for costly hardware upgrades. The chipset provides end users with
high-bandwidth Internet access at speeds of 1536kbps downstream and
512kbps upstream over "Plain Old Telephone Service" (POTS)
- or up to 27 times faster than conventional 56kbps analog modems.
Centillium CPE Chipset
recently announced the Optimizer USB chipset family, the most
highly integrated, lowest power-consumption CPE chipset for consumer
DSL modems. Based on third-generation patented technology, Centillium's
Optimizer CPE chipset dramatically reduces the cost, form factor, and
power usage normally associated with DSL modems. For the first time
ever, modem manufacturers can develop business card-sized G.lite CPE
modems, while carriers and consumers can leverage the preferred Universal
Serial Bus interface to ease the deployment of DSL services.
About Next Level
Level Communications is a technology leader in the delivery of integrated
voice, data and video services over copper telephone lines. Headquartered
in Rohnert Park, California, NLC is privately-held as a limited partnership
between the Spencer Trask Company and General Instrument Corporation
(NYSE: GIC). The company's flagship product, the NLevel3 Unified Access
Platform, provides Digital Loop Carrier, Fiber-to-the-Curb and Node,
Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer and full-service broadband
access capabilities to the communications industry. For more information
Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EFNT) is a leading, independent supplier of
DSL voice and data access products to the worldwide data and telecommunications
markets. The company's SpeedStream customer premises product line includes
a suite of external and internal routers and modems
all designed for simple, rapid installation and seamless compatibility.
As a recognized worldwide leader in ATM/DSL market, Efficient Networks
is a member of the ATM Forum, the ADSL Forum and the Universal ADSL
Working Group. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Efficient Networks
also has offices in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, northern California,
Virginia. For more information, see Efficient's World Wide Web home
page at www.efficient.com.
Technology is a communication solutions company dedicated to delivering
high-speed Internet access to bandwidth-hungry businesses and consumers.
The company designs and markets Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chipset
solutions for central office equipment, DLC line cards, and customer
premises equipment. Centillium's chipset family is the industry's highest
port density, lowest power dissipation solution available to networking
equipment manufacturers today. Additional information is available at
http://www.centillium.com. For sales information, contact Al Gharakhanian
at (510) 360-5054.
© 1999 Centillium
Technology Corp. CopperLite is a trademark of Centillium Technology
Corp. All other products or service names mentioned herein are the property
of their respective owners.