The San Jose, California-based company that developed reduced instruction set computer, or “RISC”-based VoIP announced today that it’s launching a low-power IP convergence platform that’s said to be five times more power efficient than existing solutions.
Officials at HelloSoft say their new chip – the HS100 – combines technologies for advanced ultra low-power ARM processor and patented SmartWLAN.
According to Allan Johnson (News - Alert), the company’s vice president of marketing and development, HelloSoft has seen strong consumer interest in the solution.
“We have bundled HS100 chip with our in-house convergence software to enable OEMs/ODMs quickly bring to market affordable cellular, cell-WiFi (News - Alert), WiFi-WiMAX and –cellular-WiMAX-WiFi handsets,” Johnson said. “The chip enables operators to ensure consistent user experience across multiple access networks through intelligent connection management and seamless voice-data session handover. HelloSoft (News - Alert) has successfully demonstrated voice-call-continuity, and data-session continuity while roaming across access networks.”
Company officials say their IP phones work on the principle of using the IP/Data networks for signaling and voice media transport. As with other VoIP devices, the phones are designed to provide a rich set of features compared to those available with traditional PSTN phones. IP Phones can be used with both wire-line and wireless network interfaces and can be deployed for enterprise as well as residential applications.
Here’s how HelloSoft diagrams its technology:
Based on cross-layer optimization, HelloSoft’s SmartWLAN technology provides quantum improvement in power consumption leading to talk times o fmore than 20 hours and standby time of 250 hours – compared to two to four hours talk time and 20 to 50 hours standby time for traditional VoWLAN solutions. The IP Convergence Processor (News - Alert) caters to low-mid to high-end applications at low power with dynamic frequency and voltage scaling.
Specifically, the HS100 phone-on-a-chip integrates 366MHz ARM9E processor, dual-band WLAN 802.11abg, hardware security engine, best-in-class QoS, and all peripherals required for a powerful and multimedia-capable low-BOM multi-mode device with long battery life.
Johnson said the company has scored several design-wins from Tier-1 OEMs and operators.
“To provide a glimpse of the success this chip is achieving – an HS100 based VoWLAN handset from a Tier-1 OEM is slated to hit the market this year,” Johnson said. “Our design has reduced the component count to yield this low-BOM phone with enhanced battery-life and outstanding multimode roaming performance. The HS100 has also secured a design-win for a low-cost dual-mode phone from a Tier-1 carrier.”
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