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June 02, 2011

Lantiq's XWAY, COSIC Products to Power CAT-iq 2.0 Certified Home Gateway

Supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies Lantiq (News - Alert) has announced that its XWAY and COSIC product families will power the industry’s first home gateway certified by the DECT Forum as compliant with the CAT-iq 2.0 profile.

“Priming our XWAY xRX CPE products for CAT-iq 2.0 is an important step in realizing the Lantiq vision of delivering maximum integration in the Home Gateway (News - Alert),” said Ulrich Huewels, senior vice president and general manager of CPE at Lantiq, in a statement.

Huewels said that in conjunction with the company’s COSIC Modem these products allow service providers to upgrade their gateways at a minimal cost and offer value added products and services to win customer loyalty.

He believes that the roadmap for CAT-iq will allow providers to offer enhanced services that meet and exceed consumer expectations of how cordless phones can be used.

The DECT (News - Alert) Forum defined CAT-iq as a next generation cordless phone technology, delivering the full potential of IP-based communications, beginning with wideband, HD-quality voice services and expanding to a rich suite of voice services and data-driven applications.

CAT-iq 2.0 offers multi-line support, easy pairing and phonebook synchronization. In the future releases of CAT-iq profiles, service providers will be able to push new voice and data services to consumers that essentially make cordless phones part of a broadband intelligent home network, said company officials.

Beginning this summer, Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert) is expected to upgrade its Speedport W 504V home gateway to be CAT-iq 2.0 compliant in its service area.

In the home gateway, the two Lantiq single-chip devices are used. The Lantiq COSIC Modem is an integrated CAT-iq solution that features a baseband controller, RF transceiver and a power amplifier on a single chip. For xDSL gateways, this can be used with any of the Lantiq XWAY xRX family of CPE products, said company officials.

Lantiq’s embedded VoIP engine is the DECT software stack that serves as the engine at the heart of the CAT-iq implementation. Company officials said that it’s supported with a toolkit for application integration.

Earlier this year, Lantiq introduced a chip family supporting the ITU-T global standard for next generation wired home networks.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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