Conexant Systems Supports H&J’s Next Generation LEAPTM Architecture

Conexant Is Integrating LEAP with Its New SAR Device Driver Product Line

DEDHAM, Mass., and Newport Beach, Calif. — March 22, 1999 — Harris & Jeffries Inc. (H&J) and Conexant Systems Inc. announced today an effort to foster broader usage of the new Layered Environment for Accelerated PortabilityTM (LEAPTM) software architecture.

The companies announced that Conexant, formerly Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, is integrating the LEAP architecture with its new RS823x asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) segmentation and reassembly (SAR) device driver product line, which will be available in the second quarter of 1999.

The LEAP architecture, recently developed by H&J, substantially reduces the time and complexity of designing network equipment by formalizing the interfaces between networking software and other system resources such as silicon chipsets.

“Engineering shortages and shrinking product life cycles require out-of-the-box solutions that reduce risk and increase product functionality. As a market innovator, H&J has provided such solutions in the past. We view the LEAP architecture as a way to demystify ATM embedded system design upfront, enabling OEMs to focus on value-added design,” said Mark Fauber, product line manager for Conexant Systems. “The architecture, plus our LEAP device driver for the RS823x family, will reduce integration risk while preserving the advanced capabilities in our device-specific code,” he noted.

Will Support Current and Future Products

The RS823x product line, announced in June 1998, is a line of 3.3V ATM Layer segmentation and reassembly (SAR) devices. Conexant will support the LEAP architecture across its current generation of xBR SAR devices as well as future releases. Conexant’s support of the LEAP architecture will allow equipment OEMs to rapidly develop optimized systems for low cost terminals, full featured uplinks, and high performance embedded applications.

This initiative provides Conexant with unlimited access to LEAP architecture, documentation and technical support. The architecture is especially suited to network equipment developers that require “carrier-class” ATM, frame relay and redundancy software systems.

Single Interface Environment

LEAP reduces to hours, from days or even weeks, the time it takes to get protocol software subsystems up and running in a new environment. As Conexant has shown, it establishes an innovative common environment through which networking software is interfaced just once, and quickly, to operating systems and silicon chipsets. The interface can easily be adopted by complementary equipment suppliers to develop H&J-compatible products, and our partners program encourages such usage,” said Al Cooley, H&J’s director of partner relations.

Key to the LEAP architecture is creation of a single OS-specific porting domain shareable and reusable by all H&J software. This eliminates the need for multiple porting files and accelerates the integration effort. The architecture insulates H&J software from the environment in which it resides, producing well-defined points of integration with other systems resources, including operating systems and target hardware. This modularity enables swift integration, optimization and compatibility for both new and existing H&J software users.

The LEAP capability is included with all current H&J software and will be available in future software products as well.

Conexant’s growing family of ATM SAR controllers consolidates all popular ATM xBR service classes and their associated traffic-management requirements onto a single high-performance chip. Conexant provides the broadest line of ATM terminal solutions for the full range of applications from end-stations to interworking boxes and even high-speed uplink equipment, all with the same broad, multiservice feature sets, Mr. Fauber noted.

All H&J software is target system, processor and operating system independent. It works equally well with real-time operating systems such as VxWorks, pSOS+, VRTX, LYNX OS, NUCLEUS, and OS-9, with general purpose operating systems such as Windows NT/95 and UNIX, and with other proprietary operating systems.

About Conexant Systems Inc.

Conexant Systems Inc. is the $1.2 billion company created when Rockwell International Corp. spun off its semiconductor systems business to shareowners in December 1998. Conexant is the world's largest independent company focused exclusively on providing semiconductor products for communications electronics. With more than 30 years of experience in developing analog modem technology, the company leverages its expertise in mixed-signal processing and communications technology to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products for a broad range of communications applications. These products facilitate communications worldwide through wireline voice and data communications networks, cordless and cellular wireless telephony systems, and emerging cable and wireless broadband communications networks. The company aligns its business into five product platforms: Personal Computing, Personal Imaging, Wireless Communications, Digital Infotainment, and Network Access.


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