Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ikanos and Aricent Collaborate on Next-Gen Access Devices

Ikanos Communications and Aricent introduced a production-ready platform for advanced next-generation broadband access products that combines Aricent's Converged Access Solution (CAS) software with Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 communications processor. The solution enables service providers and network equipment manufacturers to rapidly deliver next-generation access devices that support the evolving multimedia, telephony and storage requirements of the digital home.

In addition to wireline broadband access technologies, Aricent's feature rich software for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) integrates seamlessly with Ikanos' Fusiv communication processors enabling a unified platform for advanced wireless broadband access devices including mobile broadband routers (MBR) and femtocell base stations.

Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 is a low-power, single-chip communications processor that incorporates a MIPS-based CPU core capable of 500 MHz processing speeds, digital signal processor (DSP)-based VoIP capabilities and security. The Fusiv Vx180 offers advanced processing power, wire speed performance and quality of service (QoS). Additionally, the Vx180-based production-ready platform easily integrates with home networking technologies, such as MoCA, Home PNA, HomePlug and 802.11a/b/g/n. The integration of Fusiv Vx180 and Aricent's CAS software enables service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively.

Aricent CAS is a comprehensive control plane software solution designed for equipment manufacturers to simplify product development and shorten time to market for innovative new residential and small business multi-service gateways. CAS integrates all of the key software components needed for building multi-service, broadband enabled gateways. The Ikanos/Aricent gateway software stack enables the creation of multiple products based on a single software platform, alleviating the need to develop software in house or integrate various software products from multiple vendors.

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