SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced a new software framework and development kit to enable plug-and-play components for Web-based phone calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

The Intel® Universal Phone Device Interface (UPDI) establishes a uniform interface specification between “softphones” — software-based phones installed on PCs — and peripheral phone devices. Intel’s goal is to make it easier to integrate phone devices from a range of device providers and service providers while making the PC a more accommodating platform for these types of VoIP applications.