Sunday, February 13, 2011

PMC-Sierra Intros Universal Front End for Ethernet-Based Mobile Backhaul

PMC-Sierra announced its Universal Front End 4 (UFE4) silicon for mobile backhaul equipment. The UFE412 and UFE448 ASSP devices, combined with PMC-Sierra's WinPath3 network processors, can be used in platforms extending from cell-site backhaul through hub sites and aggregation equipment.

PMC-Sierra's UFE4 co-processor and WinPath3 support a variety of services: TDM, ATM, Frame Relay, HDLC, PPP and Circuit Emulation. The UFE4 integrates a SONET/SDH Framer/Mapper, as well as an advanced Protocol Pre-Processing Core for PWE3 services for SONET/SDH networks. The UFE4 supports all protocols on both channelized and non-channelized interfaces, enabling a true Any-Service, Any-Port platform.

Together with the WinPath3, this platform supports a variety of protocol interworking services including CES over PSN, ATM over PSN, PPP/ML-PPP, HDLC, IP and Ethernet interworking and many others. The combination of the UFE4 and
WinPath3 creates a flexible platform that allows OEMs to develop feature rich solutions while minimizing board space and power consumption.