"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."