Agere Systems Announces ADSL Chip Set Offering for Residential Gateways and PCs That Works With Linux Operating System

Jan 05, 2001, 00:00 ET from Agere Systems

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Agere Systems, formerly known as the
 Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies (NYSE:   LU), today announced an
 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) chip set offering for residential
 gateway, home networking, and personal computer (PC) equipment that includes
 the software required to work with the Linux operating system, which is
 increasing in use.
     Manufacturers of residential gateway, home networking, and PC equipment
 are using the Linux operating system because of its low licensing fees and its
 open software code architecture, which promotes interoperability among
 different systems and appliances. The Agere Systems' offering is being
 announced in tandem with this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here.
     Massachusetts-based Ucentric Systems will use the new Agere Systems'
 offering in the company's hardware reference design, which is available to
 original equipment manufacturers designing home networking products.
     "Ucentric is the first to offer a Linux-based home networking solution
 that's available today," said Rick Edson, chief executive officer of Ucentric
 Systems (CES Booth #24720).  "We have chosen Agere Systems' chip set solution
 for use in our hardware reference design because Agere is ready to offer us
 support for that platform right now."
     Agere Systems' new offering consists of a Peripheral Component
 Interconnect (PCI) ADSL network interface card, which is based on one of the
 company's digital signal processor (DSP) client access chips.  This chip,
 along with two others from Agere, makes a complete ADSL solution supporting
 both Full Rate and Lite high-speed Internet data technologies.  Agere Systems'
 chip set is placed on a network interface card that becomes a network adapter.
 Linux runs on PC and residential gateway motherboards and communicates with
 the Agere Systems DSP chip.
     By adding support for the Linux operating system to its ADSL chip product
 offerings, Agere Systems complements its already broad collection of software
 for operating systems that work with its ADSL modem chips.  For example, Agere
 also offers ADSL chip sets that support Microsoft(R) Windows 95(R) through
 Microsoft Windows 2000(R) operating systems.
     "Our customers, such as Ucentric Systems, now have a broader range of
 operating system choices to meet their DSL gateway needs," said Bob Rango,
 general manager with Agere Systems.  "Linux offers a platform to deliver these
 features in an open environment and in a cost effective way."
     In addition to supporting Linux operating systems, Agere's software
 supplied with the chip set also offers communications equipment manufacturers
 several specialized communications functions.  Such functions include an
 adaptation layer for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and segmentation and
 reassembly of ATM packets functions; network protocols including
 point-to-point protocol (PPP) over Ethernet and ATM; and Internet Protocol
 over ATM bridging and routing functions.  The software also includes an
 extensive diagnostics tool to help the modem user and the service provider to
 improve modem connectivity and check the status of ADSL network connections.
     Agere's PCI ADSL card has been qualified for use in the Interoperability
 Showcase sponsored by the DSL Forum at this week's CES event.  To qualify,
 customer premises equipment solutions had to prove interoperability with
 Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) equipment manufactured by a
 wide variety of companies.
 
     Agere Systems Inc., formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent
 Technologies, is the world leader in semiconductors for communications
 applications.  Lucent has announced it intends to spin off Agere Systems as an
 independent company.  Agere Systems offers integrated optoelectronics and
 integrated circuit solutions to help customers reduce the time and expense of
 developing new communications equipment.  It also provides wireless computer
 networking solutions through its ORiNOCO product line.  More information about
 Agere Systems is available from its Web site at http://www.agere.com.
 
     Ucentric Systems is a leading provider of a complete home networking
 platform for delivering Internet, telephone and TV content to any screen or
 speaker in the home.  Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to
 original equipment manufacturers enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  With its open platform, Ucentric's system can readily adapt
 to future technology, standards, consumer applications and devices.  Founded
 in 1999, Ucentric is based in Maynard, MA and employs more than 80 people.
 For additional information on the company, please visit Ucentric on the Web at
 http://www.ucentric.com.
 
 

SOURCE Agere Systems
    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Agere Systems, formerly known as the
 Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies (NYSE:   LU), today announced an
 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) chip set offering for residential
 gateway, home networking, and personal computer (PC) equipment that includes
 the software required to work with the Linux operating system, which is
 increasing in use.
     Manufacturers of residential gateway, home networking, and PC equipment
 are using the Linux operating system because of its low licensing fees and its
 open software code architecture, which promotes interoperability among
 different systems and appliances. The Agere Systems' offering is being
 announced in tandem with this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here.
     Massachusetts-based Ucentric Systems will use the new Agere Systems'
 offering in the company's hardware reference design, which is available to
 original equipment manufacturers designing home networking products.
     "Ucentric is the first to offer a Linux-based home networking solution
 that's available today," said Rick Edson, chief executive officer of Ucentric
 Systems (CES Booth #24720).  "We have chosen Agere Systems' chip set solution
 for use in our hardware reference design because Agere is ready to offer us
 support for that platform right now."
     Agere Systems' new offering consists of a Peripheral Component
 Interconnect (PCI) ADSL network interface card, which is based on one of the
 company's digital signal processor (DSP) client access chips.  This chip,
 along with two others from Agere, makes a complete ADSL solution supporting
 both Full Rate and Lite high-speed Internet data technologies.  Agere Systems'
 chip set is placed on a network interface card that becomes a network adapter.
 Linux runs on PC and residential gateway motherboards and communicates with
 the Agere Systems DSP chip.
     By adding support for the Linux operating system to its ADSL chip product
 offerings, Agere Systems complements its already broad collection of software
 for operating systems that work with its ADSL modem chips.  For example, Agere
 also offers ADSL chip sets that support Microsoft(R) Windows 95(R) through
 Microsoft Windows 2000(R) operating systems.
     "Our customers, such as Ucentric Systems, now have a broader range of
 operating system choices to meet their DSL gateway needs," said Bob Rango,
 general manager with Agere Systems.  "Linux offers a platform to deliver these
 features in an open environment and in a cost effective way."
     In addition to supporting Linux operating systems, Agere's software
 supplied with the chip set also offers communications equipment manufacturers
 several specialized communications functions.  Such functions include an
 adaptation layer for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and segmentation and
 reassembly of ATM packets functions; network protocols including
 point-to-point protocol (PPP) over Ethernet and ATM; and Internet Protocol
 over ATM bridging and routing functions.  The software also includes an
 extensive diagnostics tool to help the modem user and the service provider to
 improve modem connectivity and check the status of ADSL network connections.
     Agere's PCI ADSL card has been qualified for use in the Interoperability
 Showcase sponsored by the DSL Forum at this week's CES event.  To qualify,
 customer premises equipment solutions had to prove interoperability with
 Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) equipment manufactured by a
 wide variety of companies.
 
     Agere Systems Inc., formerly known as the Microelectronics Group of Lucent
 Technologies, is the world leader in semiconductors for communications
 applications.  Lucent has announced it intends to spin off Agere Systems as an
 independent company.  Agere Systems offers integrated optoelectronics and
 integrated circuit solutions to help customers reduce the time and expense of
 developing new communications equipment.  It also provides wireless computer
 networking solutions through its ORiNOCO product line.  More information about
 Agere Systems is available from its Web site at http://www.agere.com.
 
     Ucentric Systems is a leading provider of a complete home networking
 platform for delivering Internet, telephone and TV content to any screen or
 speaker in the home.  Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to
 original equipment manufacturers enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  With its open platform, Ucentric's system can readily adapt
 to future technology, standards, consumer applications and devices.  Founded
 in 1999, Ucentric is based in Maynard, MA and employs more than 80 people.
 For additional information on the company, please visit Ucentric on the Web at
 http://www.ucentric.com.
 
 SOURCE  Agere Systems