Monday, June 4, 2007

TI and Network Physics Collaborate on IP Quality Management

Texas Instruments and Network Physics announced a development initiative centered on delivering optimized end-user experiences for VoIP and IPTV services.

The initiative will leverage TI's "PIQUA" quality management system to help service providers and enterprise IT managers deliver important real-time visibility into performance related problems and provide automated corrective actions that can be deployed to mitigate some of the challenges with delivering IP-based services.

TI's PIQUA system, which is based on the company's digital signal processor (DSP) technology and embedded software solutions, provides a real-time distributed system of quality management elements that monitor the quality of IP-based services. PIQUA can collect data from a variety of endpoints, including user devices, IP set-top boxes and residential and media gateways. These endpoints use DSPs to execute software, which encode voice and perform the signal processing required to facilitate the transmission of voice between various networks. The PIQUA system automates the process of gathering IP endpoint performance metrics and converts this data into real-time actionable information.

The integration of PIQUA software with the NetSensory Solution Insight for VoIP 2.0 from Network Physics is done via standard protocols such as RTCP-XR by communicating call quality metrics, including TI RTCP-XR extensions for reporting echo quality metrics. The NetSensory tool combines valuable endpoint information and correlates it with other network data to provide network operators and enterprise IT managers with an outstanding set of metrics for actionable and rapid resolution, ensuring high quality services.

"TI's PIQUA system is a standards-based, embedded capability in IP endpoints, including CPE devices and access and infrastructure media gateways, which gathers and reports real-time operational and experiential data from equipment used to deliver services such as VoIP and IPTV," said Debbie Greenstreet, director of service provider strategic marketing, Texas Instruments.