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EETimes: Vendors plan to force through SDSL standard

Feb 28, 2000, 21:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Wade)

"Conexant Systems Inc. and Metalink Ltd. are spearheading an effort to ram a common format for symmetric digital subscriber lines (SDSL) through the often-tedious standards-setting process, in an attempt to bypass what they consider a blockade by traditional telephone companies. But though the companies state their technology is already a de facto standard and should serve as the basis for an official standard, unresolved technical issues add an element of uncertainty to the format's adoption by the American National Standards Institute."

" 'We're going to attempt a blitz standard,' said Danny Gur, vice president for business development at Metalink. 'Having a standard in place will accelerate SDSL deployment in the United States.' "

"SDSL technology offers digital bandwidth of up to 2.3 Mbits/second over a single twisted-pair copper phone line, and is aimed at the corporate and SoHo markets that require high upstream and downstream traffic rates. Gur said that Metalink's chips are compatible with those from Conexant, and that the common format dominates the installed base for SDSL systems, though Conexant commands the lion's share of the market."

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