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Hands free VoIP

A two part reference design looks to exploit growing demand for internet telephony. By Graham Pitcher.

It’s human nature to want something for nothing; and nowhere more than in the telecommunications market, where lack of competition in the past has acted as a brake on technology development.
That ‘something for nothing’ is internet telephony. One of the companies leading the move to internet telephony is Skype. According to the company, its mission is to provide a ‘simple, reliable and friendly communications tool’. It adds that its software will allow people to communicate more flexibly, more cost effectively and with better sound quality. It’s an impressive marketing message and its efficacy is underlined by the fact that more than 246million people have downloaded Skype’s software.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed Skype software, then you should be able to make internet telephone calls – free to other Skype users, but also to any other global telephone number at a published tariff. The only other thing you need – apart from a pc and broadband, of course – is a microphone and speakers or a headset.
But there is a growing band of Skype users – and Skype isn’t the only provider of such services – that don’t really want to be tied to their pcs when making or receiving internet phone calls. Wouldn’t it be better, some companies ask, if you could access internet telephony wherever you are in the home or the office?
And this is the market opportunity which the RF Waves division of Vishay Advanced Technologies is hoping to exploit with a reference design for a usb remote headset for internet telephony – the design will work with other providers’ technology.

Graham Pitcher

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