Sunday, March 15, 2009

PMC-Sierra Introduces First Symmetric 10G EPON Platforms

PMC-Sierra introduced complete systems for symmetric 10 Gbps IEEE 802.3av EPON, including Optical Line Terminals (OLT) and Optical Network Units (ONU).

The PAS8011 system for 10G OLTs and the PAS9011 system for 10G ONUs integrate all the functionality required from an OLT and ONU running at 10G rates, including transceivers, and leverage PMC-Sierra's market-leading EPON capabilities and analog expertise.

As the next generation of PMC-Sierra's EPON devices, the solutions are interoperable with more than seven million EPON ONUs deployed worldwide that are based on PMC-Sierra's devices. The company said this enables a smooth and gradual upgrade from 1G EPON to 10G EPON, using the same fiber and installed splitters. The optical budget remains constant as well. PMC-Sierra's 10G EPON solutions include backward-compatible Service Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA), which enables configurable high system performance in a multi-service environment for access, wireless backhaul and cable TV networks. The solutions are IEEE standard compliant and interoperable, following carrier requirements.

The systems are now commercially available. PMC-Sierra will demonstrate these second-generation 10G EPON platforms at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) in San Diego.

"PMC-Sierra's 10G EPON solutions and the increased availability of optics supporting 10G rates have enabled carriers to begin trials," said Raphael Sankar, vice president of marketing for PMC-Sierra's Fiber to the Home Business Unit. "This performance will allow carriers to provide new services, such as the next level of HDTV broadcasting and advanced business offerings, while further reducing capital expenditures. With this demonstration of symmetric 10G EPON, PMC-Sierra continues to solidify its leadership position in FTTH silicon solutions for EPON and GPON, and now 10G EPON."