Gateway supports multiple digital and analog technologies.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to optimize connectivity between digital and analog radio communications networks, IP-based Interoperability Gateway enables users to maximize existing infrastructure, allowing multiple system technologies to interoperate with each other. Unit includes Ethernet interface for connectivity to legacy radio systems. It offers Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation support for analog applications, which does not require voice compression.

Original Press Release:

Tyco Electronics Announces Next Generation M/A-COM Interoperability Gateway

LOWELL, Mass., August 6, 2007 - Tyco Electronics announced today that its M/A-COM business, a worldwide leader of critical radio communications systems, has enhanced its IP-based Interoperability Gateway offering to improve connectivity and interoperability between digital and analog radio communications networks. The new Interoperability Gateway enables users to maximize their existing infrastructure, allowing multiple system technologies to seamlessly interoperate with each other.

"This new offering is an example of how Tyco Electronics continues to invent and deploy innovative new technologies and products that will expand both the capability and flexibility of our M/A-COM IP-based VIDA platform. The new Interoperability Gateway will increase the number of connectivity options between digital and analog systems via a simplified interface that is very easy to configure and maintain," said Tom Burkett, product manager, Switching and Management Products, Tyco Electronics. "This new offering adds the ability to receive and transmit voice using a variety of bandwidth-efficient voice coders such as IMBE, AMBE+, AMBE+2, ProVoice IMBE and ADPCM. Each talkgroup that is programmed into the Interoperability Gateway can be associated with a different voice coder. As a result, the Interoperability Gateway will automatically select the appropriate coder so that voice calls will remain in native voice format across the VIDA network, thus eliminating voice conversions. This is a tremendous step forward for our customers here in North America and around the world."

Key Technical Features of New Interoperability Gateway:

Ethernet interface for enhanced connectivity to legacy radio systems (enabled by M/A-COM's NetworkFirst)
Simultaneous support of multiple digital and analog technologies and vocoders
Multiple channels available at the board level
A new chassis with redundant power supplies
Smaller footprint (half the size of the previous offering)
ADPCM (Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation) support for analog applications, which doesn't require voice compression, producing consistent, established voice quality levels

The M/A-COM VIDA network platform is a cost-effective, IP-based interoperable radio communications technology that supports P25 and other IP-based systems. A key component of the M/A-COM VIDA network platform is the company's NetworkFirst technology, which provides interoperable IP packet-switched voice and data communications. NetworkFirst combines a universal analog audio port, the Interoperability Gateway, with an IP-based voice switch and network administrator (Network Switching Center) to connect multiple radio systems together in a seamless communications web, allowing users communicate with each other, regardless of radio type, frequency or mode.

Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM business is a leading supplier of critical communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility, federal and select commercial markets. M/A-COM products range from some of the most advanced IP-based voice and data networks, to traditional wireless systems that offer customers the highest levels of reliability, interoperability, scalability and security. Tyco Electronics is also a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of M/A-COM radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave solutions for the commercial wireless telecommunications, aerospace and defense industries. More information about M/A-COM solutions can be found on the Web at or

Dave Hutcheson

For sales information, please contact:
M/A-COM, Inc.
1011 Pawtucket Blvd.
Lowell, MA 01853
United States - 1.800.368.3277
Canada - 1.800.368.3277
Middle East/Africa -- +1.434.455.9229
Asia/Pacific -- +1.434.455.9223
Europe -- +1.434.455.9544
Latin America -- +1.434.455.9217

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