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Virata Takes Voice-over-DSL to Europe

[June 21] Broadband developer Virata announced Wednesday the launch of its voice-over-DSL technology to the European market.

Virata, which is notable for having trademarked much of the periodic table -- including the names Azurite, Beryllium, Boron, Helium, Lithium and Magnesium -- is launching its Azurite Voice IAD (Integrated Access Device) chipset and Magnesium Voice Processor in Europe in the coming weeks.

With local loop unbundling taking place across Europe, the broadband industry is beginning to take off. Virata's technology will enable manufacturers and carriers to offer their customers high-speed Internet access over DSL with many features such as multiple voice channels, voice mail and conferencing.

Charles Cotton, Virata's chief executive officer, said that equipment manufacturers and service providers in Europe are queuing up to provide DSL products.

"The competition for market share promises to be intense with depth and quality of features making the difference between the winners and the losers," said Cotton.

Virata provides a chipset tested and pre-integrated with software, making it quick and easy for manufacturers to develop fully featured DSL products.

David Moorhouse, Virata's director of product management, claims the Virata Voice IAD chipset offers up to 40 percent cost savings over multi-vendor solutions.

In Europe, Virata already supplies broadband technology to manufacturing giants Ericsson and Siemens -- and is now looking to expand its customer base on the continent.

Starting in June, Virata is running a series of seminars across the United States, the Far East and in France, England, Germany, and Italy. The seminars are targeted at engineers who design and implement VoDSL applications for the broadband market.