SDSL: Ascend Communications and Rockwell Deliver Breakthrough Speeds in Symmetrical Data Access. Network Service Providers Can Use Ascend’s TNT and DSL Pipeline To Offer High-Bandwidth Solutions Over One Twisted Pair
To meet the growing demand for multifunction network access equipment that utilizes xDSL technologies, Ascend Communications, Inc., the leading provider of wide area network (WAN) solutions for network service providers, Monday announced support for Rockwell Semiconductor Systems’ Single-Chip HDSL Transceiver to power Ascend’s Single Pair Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL) offerings. The joint solution allows network service providers to provide customers with 1.5 MB per second symmetrical data access – a speed formerly reached only with asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) – for both data and voice. This solution marks the first time a Rockwell HDSL chip has supported 1.5 MB per second speeds over a single twisted pair.
Ascend Communications’ SDSL offering includes both Central Office Equipment (COE) in the form of the TNT access concentrator and Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) in the form of the award-winning DSL Pipeline. This integrated offering from Ascend works over a single pair of copper wires to transmit full duplex data and voice for high-bandwidth applications.
“With Rockwell’s network access solutions, we are developing SDSL to its highest potential,” said Ashok Dhawan, General Manager for high-speed access products, Ascend Communications. “Leveraging advanced technology from a preeminent semiconductor company like Rockwell empowers us to offer carriers, ISPs and other network service providers the most advanced SDSL capabilities to support the high-bandwidth applications their enterprise customers want.”
Delivering speeds 25 times faster than the emerging v.90 modem, each port in the Ascend SDSL offering will transport up to 1.5 MB per second symmetrical data and voice access. Previously, Ascend’s SDSL solutions supported up to 768 kilobits per second (Kbps).
“Our HDSL chip set is very robust, delivers high performance and is an ideal technology to advance Ascend’s SDSL offerings,” Raouf Halim, Vice President and General Manager of Rockwell’s Network Access Division. “We’re pleased our innovations have been recognized and deployed by this networking leader.”
Pricing and Availability First customer shipments of this new SDSL solution are expected by June of 1998. The MAX access concentrator is available for $8500 and the Pipeline is available for $1295.
Rockwell Semiconductor Systems and Electronic Commerce is based in Newport Beach, Calif. Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is a leading worldwide provider of semiconductor system solutions for personal communications electronics products used in personal computing, network access, personal imaging, wireless communications and digital infotainment. These product platforms offer a variety of technology convergence opportunities and each leverages the company’s 30-year mixed-signal computing heritage in such key areas as signal-processing algorithms, signal conversion, and communications protocols. The Electronic Commerce Division, based in Wood Dale, Ill., is a leading supplier of call center systems and personalized electronic commerce applications software. For more information, visit the Rockwell Semiconductor Systems Web site at http://www.rss.rockwell.com/.
Rockwell is a global electronic controls and communications company with leadership positions in industrial automation, avionics and communications, semiconductor systems, and electronic commerce, with fiscal 1997 sales of approximately $8 billion and 48,000 employees. Rockwell’s world headquarters is located in Costa Mesa in Orange County, Calif.
Ascend Communications, Inc. develops, manufactures, sells and services wide area networking solutions for telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers and corporate customers worldwide. FMI: www.ascend.com.
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