Hitachi Semiconductor is working with Lucent's Elemedia subsidiary to create a reference platform aimed at developers of IP telephony gateway applications.
The first reference platform, which will be available in the third quarter of this year, will be based on Hitachi's embedded processors for signalling and communications devices and Lucent's IP telephony gateway products.
These include offerings to enable Public Switch Telephone Networks (PSTNs) to interoperate with IP telephony systems and gatekeepers that add intelligence to gateways so they can offer services such as call control, bandwidth management and caller identification.
Developers will be able to use the initial reference platform to build voice band modem software, but later versions will focus on H.323 based IP and modem software for compressing voice, fax and video.
According to IDC, the market for IP telephony, whereby voice and fax traffic is carried on Internet networks, is expected to be worth $4 billion this year.
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