Multimedia Terminal Adapters target SMB and MDU markets.

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Usable in multiple dwelling units, Touchstone® Telephony Modems TM508A and TM512A are 8- and 12-line Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapters (E-MTAs), respectively, that offer integrated toll-quality voice and high-speed data service. Both include 100BaseT Ethernet interface, powered by DOCSIS® v2.0 modem, and scalable DSP architecture. Features include programmable boost loop current, provisionable ringing wave forms, loop voltage settings, and auto-adjusting caller ID signal levels.

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ARRIS Announces General Availability of Touchstone® Multiline E-MTAs

Touchstone Telephony Modems TM508A and TM512A Designed to Serve Small Business and Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) Markets

SUWANEE, Ga., June 19 -- ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced the general availability of two new additions to the industry leading Touchstone family of CPE products: the 8 line Touchstone TM508A and the 12 line Touchstone TM512A. These two new Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (E-MTA) products allow operators to efficiently and economically address the small business and Multiple Dwelling Unit market segments with an integrated voice and high-speed data service offering.

In addition to 8 or 12 primary-line, toll-quality voice lines, these Multiline E-MTAs include a 100BaseT Ethernet interface, all powered by a high performance DOCSIS(R) 2.0 modem and highly scalable DSP architecture. Building on the highly successful Touchstone TM402/502 residential E-MTA products, the Touchstone TM508A and TM512A include advanced features such as programmable "Boost" loop current, provisionable ringing wave forms, loop voltage policy settings and auto-adjusting Caller ID signal levels. The units are packaged in a compact 1RU enclosure and support an extended temperature range for utility closet installations. In conjunction with a Local Power Supply Unit, 16 hours of service is provided following a commercial power failure.

The Multiline Touchstone E-MTAs support PacketCable(TM) (NCS) call signaling with support for SIP in future releases. The TM512A has been successfully interoperated with leading Call Management Servers, including the BroadSoft BroadWorks VoIP application platform, CedarPoint Safari C3, Cisco(R) BTS 10200 Softswitch, and Siemens(R) SURPASS(R) hiQ 8000.

One early customer of the Touchstone TM508A and TM512A is GCI Communication Corp. of Alaska. "We were very impressed with the Multiline E- MTAs from ARRIS," said Jimmy Sipes, VP Network Services of GCI. "They are making it possible for us to enter the MDU/small business services marketplace with an economical and extremely efficient package."

"We are excited to offer these new high density products to our MSO customers worldwide," said Bruce McClelland, VP & CM of ARRIS CPE. "The commercial services and multiple dwelling unit markets represent a significant amount of Greenfield revenue for MSOs and these new E-MTAs have been designed in close collaboration with lead customers to provide a highly optimized solution."


ARRIS provides broadband local access networks with innovative video, high-speed data and telephony systems for the delivery of voice, video and data to the home and business. ARRIS complete solutions enhance the reliability and value of converged services from the network to the subscriber. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has design, engineering, distribution, service and sales office locations throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at

CONTACT: Alex Swan of ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327, or

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