Monday, February 1, 2010

Marvell Introduces EPON, 10G EPON and GPON Chips

Marvell introduced new silicon for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) and 10Gigabit EPON. The first members of the AVANTA family are single-chip for Single-Family-Unit (SFU) devices designed for a radically reduced energy footprint.

The AVANTA 88F6510 features a high level of integration, including a Gigahertz class CPU, dual-mode PON MAC, Line-rate IPv6-capable programmable packet processor, Voice-over-IP, Ethernet Switch and Ethernet PHYs. Marvell said its AVANTA series uses exceptionally low power and significantly reduces the bill-of-material for PON SFU devices to enable wide deployment.

The AVANTA series is the first to introduce multiple low-power techniques in the PON space - ranging from dynamic CPU speed throttling, sleep mode, low-power DDR3-SDRAM and IEEE Energy-Efficient-Ethernet (EEE) draft-compliance.

The Marvell platform supports tens of 3D HD interactive video streams and a line-rate packet processor with hardware multicasting. It is also the first to support the IEEE Audio-Video-Bridging (AVB) draft specifications. The integrated programmable packet processor not only supports IPv6 but also future-proofs the platform for emerging protocols like DOCSIS over PON.

The AVANTA family will sample to customers at the end of March.