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Brix Networks And Texas Instruments Announce Collaboration To Ensure Quality Of Experience For Users Of IP-Based Services


Companies Will Deliver Pervasive Endpoint Management Providing Embedded
Service Visibility To VoIP Gateways, Set Top Boxes, and Other IP Devices

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - BOSTON, Mass. -- Fall VON Conference & Expo — Brix Networks, the leading provider of converged service assurance solutions, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced a collaboration and development initiative designed to deliver pervasive IP endpoint service assurance management.

The companies’ collaboration will give service providers the ability to collect valuable performance information on an unprecedented scale, and provide crucial, last-mile visibility into the quality of experience of providers’ revenue-generating offerings, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), IP television (IPTV), and advanced data services.

“TI has shipped more than 350 million ports across IP phones, residential modems and gateways, set top boxes, and carrier-class equipment,” said Debbie Greenstreet, director of service provider strategy, Texas Instruments. “Working together with Brix Networks, our PIQUA system automates the process of gathering IP performance metrics and converts this data into actionable information. This integration empowers providers, enterprises, and equipment manufacturers to dramatically improve their subscribers’ and users’ quality of experience and reduce overall network operating costs.”

TI technology provides functional elements that form the foundation of the company’s PIQUA™real-time, IP quality management system. Based on TI’s digital signal processor (DSP) technology and embedded software solutions, TI’s PIQUA system utilizes sophisticated, real-time calculations to instantly assess quality parameters related to the user’s experience, allowing both equipment manufacturers and service providers to automatically and dynamically adapt to changing conditions and make adjustments which today are either impossible or done manually.

In addition to a comprehensive set of active tests and live service monitoring, Brix Networks’ BrixWorx™central-site correlation and reporting engine collects key performance indicator (KPI) information -- such as availability, bandwidth, packet loss, latency, jitter, and call quality -- using various standards-based communication protocols, including RTCP-XR and TR-069, via the new BrixWorx Connector for TI’s PIQUA software. This information can be gathered from a wide range of endpoint devices, including residential gateways, IP set top boxes, IP phones, digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable gateways, and others.

“Our customers are increasingly requesting a unified source of quality and IP performance management with visibility to their various endpoints,” noted Robert Travis, director of solutions marketing at Brix Networks. “The Brix collaboration with TI offers a mechanism for customer satisfaction, service performance visibility, faster problem resolution, and overall operational efficiency improvement.”

Today’s announcement was made in conjunction with the Fall 2006 VON Conference & Expo being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, September 11-14, where Brix is exhibiting in booth 1049 and Texas Instruments is hosting a hospitality suite in room 158. A demonstration of the joint solution, highlighting BrixWorx and TI’s PIQUA system providing voice QoS monitoring and reporting, will be available at both companies’ respective locations at this event.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real-world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Educational & Productivity Solutions business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at

About Brix Networks

Brix Networks is the leading provider of converged service assurance solutions that allow the world’s largest service providers and enterprises to offer reliable and high-quality experiences in voice, video, data, and mobile services to their customers, partners, and employees. The company brings a proven heritage of IP expertise unique to the service assurance marketplace, and collaborates closely with its customers and partners to assure the delivery of any IP-based service, over any network, to any endpoint. For more information, visit, or call 978-367-5600/1-888-BRIXNET.

PIQUA is a trademark of Texas Instruments. Brix Networks, Brix, Brixnet, BrixWorx, and the Brix Networks logo are trademarks of Brix Networks, Inc. All other company or product names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective holders.


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