MANHASSET, N.Y. To meet the signal-processing challenges of advanced voice-compression algorithms, VxTel Inc. has unveiled a fully programmable voice signal processor for carrier-class superswitches in next-generation networks.
Using proprietary DSP technology, each VX-SP1000 device can process up to 240 uncompressed G.711 channels or 120 compressed G.729A channels, with each channel including 64-millisecond tail-length echo cancellation. Other key telephony features include comfort-noise generation, voice-activity detection, and tone detection and generation.
The voice-processing density allowed by the chip will help switch makers meet a central office's strict requirements for power consumption by doubling channel density and halving the power per channel, and its footprint requirements, where 19-inch racks dictate the size of the equipment and board, the company said. VxTel said it will soon unleash a voice packet processor to round o ut its position.
"Our goal is to enable the highest-channel-density voice-over-packet systems supporting a full range of voice-processing applications," said Vijay Parmar, vice president of marketing at VxTel. "We are well aware of the problems the Internet Protocol-based central office faces with densities in the hundreds of thousands, while supporting the full range of voice, fax and data-processing options."
All this must be done, he said, while still providing toll-grade voice quality.
The algorithm processor itself is based on a 166-MHz processing core that operates off 1.8 volts, with I/O running off 3.3 V. Estimated power dissipation is 2.5 watts. Optimized, toll-grade voice-processing firmware supports industry-standard voice codecs such as G.711, G.729A, G.723.1, G.726 and fax. Using G.729A encoding, the power dissipation per channel is 19 mW with a 64-ms echo tail. Jitter buffering is also included.
The VX-SP1000 Messaging Protocol (VSMP) layer enables programming and communicati ons, typically across the 64-bit-wide VX-Bus. VSMP makes the board's voice subsystem independent of a host processor, and eliminates the need to produce application-specific code. There are no API or object libraries to link with, just a series of messages to and from the VX-SP1000. Each voice, fax or data channel is independently configurable through VSMP, allowing for easy upgrades.
The VX-SP1000 will sample in the fourth quarter in a 17 x 17-mm, 256-ball plastic BGA. Pricing is $650 each per 1,000.