NMS Communications Adds Echo Cancellation and Studio Sound Products to Texas Instruments' Third Party Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA - NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), a supplier of technology for networks, is now offering its echo cancellation DSP (digital signal processor) software and Studio Sound software as standalone products, and has added these offerings to Texas Instruments' (TI) third-party program. This opens up access to the market's voice enhancement technologies enabling network equipment providers to harness NMS' innovations for voice quality enhancement, speech processing, and voice compression within their switches and gateways. NMS first joined TI's third-party program in April of 2002 with the introduction of the e256 ASIC echo cancellation device. The e256 is a great companion to TI's versatile TMS320C5000 and TMS320C6000 DSPs, which are ideal for powering functions such as vocoding and speech processing. NMS' addition of its echo cancellation software and Studio Sound as standalone products within the program highlights the compatibility of these offerings with TI's C5000 and C6000 DSPs. Network equipment providers can pair NMS' voice quality enhancement technologies with the TI DSPs, allowing them to implement a variety of systems. "We are very pleased that NMS Communications has ported their echo cancellation and Studio Sound software to TI's TMS320C55x and TMS320C64x generations allowing customers to enhance voice quality in their designs," said Jacqui Allen, C64x product marketing manager, TI. "By pairing unsurpassed technology from NMS with our carrier-class DSP technology, we are able to help network equipment providers offer high-performance, cost-effective solutions for global deployment of voice applications." NMS' voice enhancement systems were recently acquired from Lucent Technologies and are built on pioneering innovations that originated at Bell Labs. These systems are deployed throughout many telecommunications networks, including Verizon Wireless and Long Distance, China Unicom, NTT DoCoMo, US Cellular, Nextel, AT&T Wireless, France Telecom, and Leap Wireless. "By matching our echo cancellation software and Studio Sound with TI DSP platforms, more network equipment providers worldwide are now able to take advantage of the market's most effective voice quality enhancement capabilities for their switches and gateways," said Clarke Ryan, senior vice president and general manager of NMS' Voice Enhancement Systems business. "TI's third party program is world renowned, and by increasing the scope of NMS' offerings within this program we are extending the reach of our pacesetting products. Today's wireless and wireline operators are focused on boosting usage, enhancing subscriber satisfaction, and increasing revenues. By counteracting causes of poor voice quality and offering highly scalable, reliably performing technology, we are able to help network equipment providers address their customers' vital needs. Our involvement in the program is a win for everyone."
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