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Is HP Sangoma's Newest Partner?

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May 04, 2010

Is HP Sangoma's Newest Partner?

By Alice Straight, TMCnet Web Editor

Last week Sangoma Technologies (News - Alert)Corporation announced that it entered into an OEM relationship with an unnamed 'major computer and networking equipment supplier.'  The deal calls for Sangoma to supply its NetBorder Express Gateway (News - Alert)for integration into the partners networking products, allowing for Public Switched Telephone Network connectivity to unified communications applications.

And while Sangoma declined to name the partner all bets seem to point toward Silicon Valley  -- and rumors have named HP as the partner. It appears that there are images from VoiceCon showing a Sangoma label on an HP product. A review of video on HP's website from the event  shows one product with an extra sticker on the bottom left corner:

According to Sangoma the new deal should generate millions in revenue and the product is expected to be available in the second half of 2010. The press release did note that there are no significant binding purchase orders for the products.

HP has not responded to requests for comment.

When reached by TMCnet, Sangoma said that, due to legal concerns, the company could not comment.

Last week HP made headlines when it announced it was purchasing Palm for 1.2 billion.  HP officials said they intend to deploy Palm's webOS mobile operating platform across a wide spectrum of wireless devices.

Company officials with HP said that the combination of HP's 'global scale and financial strength' with Palm's 'unparalleled' webOS platform will enhance HP's ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets.

Palm's webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications and Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's personal systems group, stressed that the company would leverage the webOS operating system not only for smartphones but for its Slate-brand tablet and especially its burgeoning netbook business.

Sangoma's NetBorder Express has integration with Intel architecture and supports both Apple (News - Alert)and Linux operating systems.

'Our media gateway product allows our OEM customers to easily integrate into existing computer-based networking equipment such as a telecom server, a data switch or other device, and deliver an all-in-one networking solution that includes PSTN connectivity,' said Frederick Dickey, director of product management at Sangoma. 'Ultimately, end-users get a single, cost-effective device that can meet a wide range of their telcom needs, especially as it pertains to unified communications.'

Yesterday HP announced that the upcoming HP Slate will not operate on Windows 7, although it has not confirmed that the Slate will be using webOS.

Earlier today Sangoma,launched of a new series of PCI (News - Alert)and PCI Express cards enabling up to 480 channels of voice transcoding per card.

The D100 card, available in PCI and PCI Express form factors, allows to convert numerous simultaneous channels of voice communication from one type of codec (e.g. G.711) to another (e.g. G.729), without affecting latency or using up CPU resources. The card allows to run 30, 90, 120, 240 or 480 channels of any-to-any voice codec conversion, with unmatched quality.

Alice Straight is a TMCnet editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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