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Platform for Wireless Equipment

Tue, 12/10/2002 - 10:55am

Agere Systems has announced what is said to be the industry's most comprehensive hardware and software platform. Using Agere's PayloadPlus® network processor technology, which is part of the new platform, a complete wireless base station network interface card application was implemented with only 1550 lines of software code. Using a typical competing platform, such an application would likely require more than 37,000 lines of code — 24 times more than Agere's platform. With so few lines of code to write and maintain, the platform is said to increase reliability and reduce costs of wireless systems. Called Festino™ Wireless, Agere's platform consists of a new suite of comprehensive application-enabling software, a complete portfolio of integrated, system-level semiconductor solutions, and an end-to-end system development platform. The solution also is enhanced by Agere's unique, high-level, flexible, and easy-to-use programming languages. Festino can be combined with chips, such as network processors, switching chips, and aggregation chips, to quickly build a complete prototype system well before customer's system hardware is available. Festino Wireless chips include Agere's PayloadPlus family of network processors; the single chip PI-40SAX (Stand-Alone Switch) — the world's fastest switching chip; the PI-40X, PI-40C family of chips; the Ultramapper family of aggregation chips; the MARS™ (Multiple Application and Rate Solutions) family of framer chips; and the Voice Packet Processor.

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