New ITU standard doubles ADSL data rates
BEDFORD, MA – February 13, 2002 – Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), a worldwide leader and innovator of broadband intellectual property, today commended the ITU for its recent consent of G.992.5, the new ADSL2+ standard. ADSL2+ now joins the ADSL2 family of standards initially approved in July 2002. ADSL2+ doubles the maximum frequency used for downstream data transmission from 1.1 MHz to 2.2 MHz. As a result, downstream data rates are increased to up to 24 Mbps on phone lines as long as 3,000 feet, and 20 Mbps on lines as long as 5,000 feet. ADSL2+ chipsets can support multimode functionality, enabling interoperability with existing ADSL equipment.
"ADSL2+ is poised to complement ADSL2 as the technology of choice to deliver video and other broadband entertainment services requiring extremely high downstream data rates," commented Peter LeBlanc, vice president of marketing at Aware. "ADSL2+ will enable carriers with a comprehensive voice/video/data ‘triple-play' service bundle, including traditional POTS voice, derived voice, high-speed Internet access, and video services. Because ADSL2+ gear can support interoperability with legacy ADSL and ADSL2 equipment, carriers will be able to use ADSL2+ to overlay advanced services without having to forklift upgrade their legacy equipment."
In addition to participating in the ITU's standards meetings, Aware's expertise extends to its technology and product offerings. In January 2003, Aware announced its latest technology based on ADSL2. Aware's StratiPHY™ is a complete physical instantiation of its ADSL and ADSL2 core intellectual property in the form of a single digital chip. For more information about ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, and Aware's involvement with the industry standards and technology, please contact us or visit our Website at http://www.aware.com.
A recently updated ADSL2 white paper discussing the new standards can be found at http://www.aware.com/products/dsl/adsl2_download.html.
Aware, Inc. designs, develops, licenses and markets DSL technology that enables broadband communications over existing telephone networks. Its solutions, including splitterless G.lite, full-rate ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VeDSL™, Dr. DSL®, XRDSL™, StratiPHY™, FastADSL™, BondedADSL™, and G.shdsl address central office as well as consumer electronics requirements. More information about Aware can be found at http://www.aware.com.
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