Broadcom announced a new line of chips designed for IP phones and multimedia terminals. The new Persona series, based on the company’s flagship BCM11107 VoIP processor, enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build IP telephony products with multimedia capabilities, premium audio, Ethernet switching, enhanced security and extensive peripheral support.

The Persona system-on-a-chip (SoC) products include the already-commercialized BCM11107 for higher-end Gigabit multimedia telephony applications, the new BCM11109 for mainstream Gigabit enterprise applications, and the BCM11170 for value-line and low-end enterprise, small- to medium-size business (SMB) and small office/home office (SoHo) applications.

The Persona devices are pin-compatible, which means manufacturers can leverage a common hardware design and printed circuit boards (PCBs) across multiple products, thereby reducing overall component and manufacturing costs while streamlining software and hardware resources.

Each single-chip Persona device features a Gigabit or Fast Ethernet switch with packet filtering capabilities and physical layer devices (PHYs) to support high-speed networks, super-wideband capable analog audio codecs, and high-performance applications and digital signal processors, which support Broadcom's PhonexChange, a flexible software platform used across all Broadcom IP phone solutions.

The BCM11107, BCM11109, BCM11170 and BCM11181 Persona platform processors, PhonexChange firmware, reference designs and development kits are now sampling to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

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