Efficient Networks, makers of DSL bridge and router gear, announced a deal to use silicon technology from chipmaker Texas Instruments in a majority of the company's next-generation ADSL gear.
Efficient will be developing ADSL products using TI's AR5 chipsets, which will include a future product family of bridges, routers and residential gateways. Company sources said that the deal will bring TI chipset technology to about 90 percent of Efficient's future ADSL development.
The AR5 chipsets from TI use digital signal processing (DSP) in the physical layer and provide a firmware platform for development as well.
Also, because the AR5 has an open software architecture, Efficient developers can add on higher-layer networking and applications software-like customer self-install capabilities, VPN, or firewall technology-in their future ADSL product development.
Another consideration for Efficient in choosing TI is the potential for advanced interoperability testing, as TI has become a leader in testing physical layer performance and translating that into operator relationships. "That was a very important piece for Efficient when they were looking for a majority supplier," said Nancy Fares, CPE Business Manager for Ti's DSL unit.