Intel Corporation and Siemens Communications announced on Wednesday a collaboration to bring second generation voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) technologies in a jointly funded project.

The companies will focus research into secure wireless networks and real-time communications in the short term as well as work together longer term to create vertical industry collaboration.

As a result of this collaboration, stated Gordon Graylish, an Intel vice president, enterprise customers will be able to avail themselves of unified communications based on the industry's highest performance and most cost effective architecture.

The lab will also act as a center for the optimization and integration of products from independent software vendors and other third party systems to work with the new open VoIP technologies.

Intel and Siemens expect to present findings and display the first wave of technology solutions developed at the Intel lab to selected customers by the fourth quarter of 2006.