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Conexant develops design modem for dongle modem

Posted: 06 Mar 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PTT regulations; Modem Platform 

Conexant Systems, Inc. has announced that it has developed a complete design platform for V.92 dongle modems fully compatible with worldwide standards. The external dongle modem enables consumers to easily connect their notebook and desktop computers to the Internet over standard telephone lines. Conexant has already pre-certified the dongle modem to ensure compliance with country-specific PTT regulations worldwide, which allows manufacturers and retailers to deliver products to market faster.

The production-ready modem dongle platform is based on the company's highly reliable V.92 modem and SmartDAA(R) semiconductor solutions, and includes a universal serial bus (USB) 2.0 interface. As a complete turnkey platform, including drivers and a user's manual, there is no design or development required on the part of PC and peripheral manufacturers. Product developers simply use the design platform as their "blueprint," which allows them to lower product development costs and bring the external dongle modem to production more quickly.

"There is a growing trend within the industry to only offer dial-up functionality in notebooks as an optional feature, which is creating a new market for portable analog modems," said Bernd Lienhard, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's

Imaging and PC Media business. "Using our design platform, manufacturers and retailers can quickly and economically develop stylish, compact dongle modems that allow them to capitalise on this emerging business opportunity."

Analog technology continues to be a ubiquitous, low-cost Internet connectivity option, particularly for consumers in geographies with a limited broadband access infrastructure. Even in countries with well-established DSL and Wi-Fi networks, dial-up technology remains a viable solution for business travelers and other users who need a dependable Internet access alternative.

The new dongle modem has been designed to meet or surpass the high technical and quality standards required by leading PC OEMs, including rigorous safety and electromagnetic emission guidelines. It is also being certified by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Federal Communications Commission, and European Economic Area (CE). To promote brand identity, the dongle modem can be easily customized with a manufacturer's or retailer's company colors and logo.

The universal design platform is based on Conexant's CX93010 modem chip and CX20548 SmartDAA(R) 4 line-side device. The CX93010 complies with industry-standard V.92 specifications. The CX20548 is based on Conexant's fourth-generation direct access arrangement (DAA) technology, which is already being used by top PC OEMs worldwide. Direct DAA technology enables a semiconductor chip to connect PCs and peripheral devices to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) for telecommunications services.

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