Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ikanos Expands in GPON-Based FTTH Market, Licensing Deal with Terawave

Ikanos Communications has licensed high-performance GPON physical (PHY) layer technology with Ethernet Layer 2 functionality from Terawave Communications as plan of a plan to enter the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON)-based FTTH market.

Ikanos will combine Terawave's ITU-compliant GPON PHY technology with its own gigabit performance Fusiv Vx170 gateway processor to develop a high-performance GPON residential gateway reference platform. The Fusiv Vx170 offers 2.7 GHz of processing power, providing wire speed performance across all LAN and WAN interfaces while utilizing less than 2.5 watts of power. The device offers multiple Accelerator Processors and dedicated DSP engines for VoIP.

Ikanos said it views GPON FTTH and VDSL2 as complementary technologies, where fiber is used in the back-haul with the option of copper or fiber for the last mile. By offering GPON products along with its CO and CPE VDSL2 solutions, Ikanos positions itself to be the preferred provider of access technology in all types of fiber and fiber extension deployments (FTTH, FTTN, FTTR, FTTC and FTTB).

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