We all find ourselves searching for good news these days. Fortunately, I work in an industry where I don't have to search too long.
The good news for those of us in the VoIP market is that its growth is expected to continue despite the economically troubling times. I recently read that two-thirds of large enterprises and half of small businesses in North America are projected to adopt VoIP by 2010, double the adoption rate of 2006 (*according to Infonetics Research).
The key value proposition that has fueled VoIP growth has been its promise to lower telecommunications costs, which it has fulfilled quite nicely. Lowering costs IS the VoIP playing field, but moving forward, what will distinguish winners from losers on this field will be the next tier of value propositions. And that's where DSPs will make an OEM's handset or infrastructure system stand out from the crowd.
Issues like the total cost of ownership (TCO), functionality-per-dollar of procurement cost, future-proofing, multimedia capabilities and others play to the strengths of DSPs. The good news for designers is that DSPs will continue to provide high performance, superior QoS, reliability, power efficiency and field upgradeability to VoIP systems.
The fast real-time processing power of DSPs translates into a number of benefits. Low power consumption is one. DSPs can perform more real-time functions in fewer processor cycles than RISC processors and that means less power consumed and/or dissipated. For service providers that means lower utility costs; for consumers, it means longer battery life for their IP handsets.
That processing power comes is essential for complex tasks like transcoding, compression algorithms, complex codecs and compelling new multimedia applications that will create buzz in the marketplace. Who doesn't expect video and voice to go hand-in-hand in IP systems in the not too distant future?
The programmability of DSPs is another key capability for VoIP equipment. We're still scratching the surface on what we can do over IP networks. Programmability offers a degree of future-proofing in addition to cost savings today because it enables in-the-field bug fixes and easy upgrades.
In a very real sense, DSPs have made VoIP what it is today. They certainly have what it will take to move it to tomorrow's playing field. If you'd like additional information on how to harness the power of DSPs for VoIP, check out our latest white paper at: http://tinyurl.com/bd6nmh