Monday, December 5, 2005

Ikanos Introduces Extended Reach, Low Power 100/100 Mbps VDSL2

Ikanos Communications introduced new chipsets designed to deliver VDSL2 and VDSL services in multi-tenant unit (MTU) and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) applications and to enable carriers to extend the reach of symmetric 100 Mbps services up to 80%, while consuming 30% less power than Ikanos' first-generation Fx100100 chipset.

Ikanos said the new chipset will enable new, lower-cost aggregation equipment that eliminates the need for a cooling fan and is quiet enough to be deployed inside smaller apartment buildings lacking a separate room for communications equipment. As a result, Ikanos expects that the carriers' available market will expand to include smaller buildings as well as the larger multi-tenant units which have been the majority of MxU deployments to date.

The new chipsets are the Fx100100-4-EX and Fx100100S-4-EX chipsets for Optical Network Unit (ONU) and Subscriber Located Equipment (SLE) respectively.

The Fx100100-4-EX chipset for ONU equipment consists of an 8-port BME (DSP Engine), a 4-port AFE (Analog Front End) and a 1-port IFE (Integrated Front End). The Fx100100S-4-EX chipset for SLE consists of a single-port BME (DSP Engine) and a single-port IFE, which integrates a digital/analog converter, analog/digital converter, line driver, low-noise amplifier, and filters.

Both chipsets include iPOS (Ikanos Programmable Operating System), which consists of firmware, APIs, and reference host software to configure programmable features on the chipsets. Chipset evaluation systems are available today, and production is expected to begin in late December, 2005.

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