Avaya To Work With Intel To Improve Telephony For Laptops


With the recent rumor of RIM and Intel partnering up and subsequently Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini denying it, there is now more news coming out that Intel is getting serious about communication technology. Avaya Inc. is working with Intel Corp. to improve the performance of its IP telephony softphone for laptop PCs based on Intel’s next generation Centrino mobile technology. Unlike the RIM-Intel partnership, the Avaya-Intel deal is official and may just show a glimpse to Intel’s furture direction and further support the probability of a RIM-Intel deal.

The companies will also collaborate to improve the integration, control and functionality of wireless-enabled Bluetooth devices used in conjunction with the softphone.

In a press release Tuesday, Avaya said the collaboration will help enhance softphone performance and reliability when several computer programs are running at once.

Software-based IP Telephony softphones are used for telephony communication on computing devices such as PCs, laptops and PDAs.

The company said mobile workers will be able to easily link a laptop computer into remote wired and wireless networks, simultaneously run various business applications while using an Avaya Softphone, and experience similar call quality to a desktop phone.

Intel plans to announce a new chip architecture Tuesday, Dow Jones Newswires reported Monday. The company has not revealed a replacement for its Pentium 4 NetBurst core, or architecture, since it abandoned two key chips in the line early last year.

Shares of Intel recently changed hands at $26.27 in premarket trading according to Inet after closing Monday at $26.06, up 41 cents, or 1.6%, in Nasdaq composite trading.

Avaya closed Monday at $9.96, down 24 cents, or 2.4%, in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.