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Expanding its presence in the growing digital signal processing market, Lucent Technologies Inc is to launch a new family of DSP devices for the communications equipment market. The new DSP 16000 architecture, developed by Lucent’s Microelectronics Group, enables several simultaneous operations. It consumes five times less power, needs five times less external memory, and could lower the cost of electronics in mobile telephone base stations by up to 50%, according to Lucent. The company claims it will be able to roll out devices some 30% cheaper than its competitors, including those from Texas Instruments Inc and Motorola Inc. The first chip in the DSP 16000 family, the DSP 16210 will hit the streets in December, following two years of development, and Lucent says it expects other members of the family to come to market early next year. Lucent is to focus on one specific area: the communications sector. Greg Ellard, application manager for DSP at Lucent, said: If you choose to only focus in one area you can make compromises that you couldn’t make in more general areas.

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