The OpenDSL initiative, led by DSL chip and equipment manufacturers, system integrators and service providers, has two main objectives: to gain industry-wide acceptance and standardization of an open software specification that will automate the configuration of CPE and network elements; and to ensure true "plug-and-play" interoperability between multi-vendor DSL modems and routers.
ADI's family of DSL products include line drivers and analog front ends, as well as complete end-to-end DSL chipset solutions. The company's DSL solutions form the foundation for modems that provide high-speed Internet access and multimedia services up to 100 times faster than today's fastest analog modems. With a customer base of more than 70 companies worldwide, Analog Devices' DSL solutions are found in 8 of the world's top 10 PSTNs (Public Switched Telephone Networks) and are designed into more than 75% of the world's DSL systems, from client modems and routers to central office voice and data switches, DSL access multiplexers and digital loop carriers.
The OpenDSL initiative is driven by leading network equipment and chip manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers. These companies have come together to bring about a standard that promotes openness through the inoperability of multi-vendor DSL customer premise equipment. Key components of the initiative include a software specification that automates the configuration of CPE and network elements, and a third-party certification program that allows vendors to test and certify their DSL products. OpenDSL will enable service providers to meet mass-market demands for DSL by cutting the time and costs of testing products and turning on service, and making DSL available through retail channels.