Sirrix.PCI ISDN is a family of PCI-based ISDN interface cards. They provide either BRI (Basic Rate Interface, S0) ports or PRI E1 (Primary Rate Interface, S2M) ports depending on the model. These ports can be connected either to the public network or internally to PBX systems or other ISDN devices. The cards are fully ISDN compatible and thus can be employed for voice applications as well as for data communications.
The BRI ports are provided by Infineon PSB 21150 (IPAC-X) interface circuits and the PRI ports by Infineon PEF2256H (FALC56) interface circuits. The communication with the software is realized by an FPGA using the PCI bus.
The optionally available crypto mechanisms are realized in hardware and included within the FPGA. They allow a zero-delay encryption and decryption of the B-Channels.
All BRI lines can be configured independently to work in the NT mode (Network Termination) or TE mode (Terminal Equipment). In both modes they can be operated as PtMP (Point-to-MultiPoint) or as PtP (Point-to-Point). Equally each E1-Port is independently configurable in NT (clock master) and TE (clock slave) mode.
All cards of the Sirrix.PCI ISDN family offer a high-speed internal PCM bus allowing to interconnect any variation of Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards within one fully featured hardware-based ISDN PBX. This provides perfect-quality voice and data transmission with zero-delay.
The on board Octasic DSP echo cancellation module performs Voice Quality Enhancement (VQE) functions for up to 64 channels respectively.
The cards include a hardware conference bridge featuring arbitrarily sized conference rooms with optimized noise reduction and level control. The Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards enable an effective communication and a pleasant call experience.
The activation of the ports are indicated by 4 LEDs on the rear bracket. There are 2 more internal LEDs indicating the overall status of the card and its FPGA.
Almost all ISDN facilities are supported by Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards. This includes CLIP (Calling Line Identification), CF (Call Forwarding), CW (Call Waiting), Call Hold and Transfer, Advice of Charge (AOC) and AOC During Call (AOCD), etc. Moreover the Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards support DDI (Direct Dialing In) and MSNs (Multiple Subscriber Number). Certain Q.SIG supplementary services are implemented as well to improve the interworking with PBX systems. CNIP (Calling Name Identification Presentation) and CONP (Connected Name Identification Presentation) provide the most valuable features allowing to present names instead of numbers.
The E1-models of the Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards support as well the operation in a TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked Radio) environment. Control rooms can be connected via these cards acting in a gateway to TETRA exchanges. The E1-ports provide in this application 8 TETRA voice channels of 8 kb/s each on all 31 bearer channels of 64 kb/s each. Thus 248 TETRA coded voice channels are supported simultaneously per E1-port. All those channels can be freely mixed in any combination of individual and group calls.
The Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards can be used, e.g., with the open-source PBX software Asterisk, for which a channel driver is provided. With Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards, everyone can build flexible, PC- based PBX systems that allow much more facilities than off-the- shelf PBX. Moreover, the cards can be used to build ISDN crypto-gateways, Voice-over-IP gateways or least-cost routers.
The Sirrix.PCI ISDN cards can be operated in an arbitrary PCI-based system with 32 Bit PCI 2.1 and Linux kernel 2.6.
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