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AllLinuxDevices: Lucent Introduces Tiny Chip Set For High-Speed Data and Fax Services in Embedded Modems

Sep 18, 2000, 16:19 (3 Talkback[s])

"Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) Microelectronics Group, the world leader in communications semiconductors, today introduced an exceptionally small, low-power chip set that equips Internet appliances, set-top boxes, multi-function peripherals, fax machines, and electronic games with both fax and data services, such as the capability to download text, audio, and graphics at up to 56 kilobits per second (Kbit/s)."

"The chip set consists of a digital signal processor (DSP) chip and a codec chip. The extremely small size of each--slightly smaller than a thumbtack (approximately three-eighths of an inch on each side)-lowers electronics costs and circuit board space needed for embedded modem applications, which include many devices beyond traditional PCs and retail "standalone" modems that can be enhanced with higher-speed Internet connections."

"In addition to its small size, each chip consumes only 150 milliwatts of power at 3.3 volts-nearly half that of chips typically used in embedded modem applications. This contributes to better overall system performance and lower operating costs. The chip set can also operate using batteries at a voltage level as low as 2.7 volts. The chip set does not require external memory chip technology, which reduces electronics costs."

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