Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NTT Com Selects Compass-EOS' Silicon-Photonic Routers

NTT Communications has selected Compass-EOS' new r10004 core-grade modular routers for use in its high-capacity transpacific network. The Compass-EOS routers are the world’s first direct silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

“We chose Compass-EOS routers to be used at the termination points of our transpacific high-capacity network, providing a vital link between North America and APAC,” said Dorian Kim, Vice President of IP Engineering at NTT Communications. “The high bandwidth and low power consumption, together with the modularity of the Compass-EOS router family fit well with our future vision and plans.”

“We are thrilled to have NTT Communications among the first production users of our r10004 routers,” said Gadi Bahat, CEO of Compass-EOS. “We look forward to working with them on their implementation in building simple, innovative networks that deliver better services to their customers.”


Last month, Compass-EOS unveiled its radical silicon-to-photonics router that essentially leverages an on-chip optical mesh and electronics to route high-densities of 100GbE and 10GbE.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip, thereby enabling petabit-class scalability, significantly smaller footprint and power consumption, and easier implementation of software-defined networking capabilities.  The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling. Compass-EOS said it is also able to ensure maximum router protection from DDoS attacks at maximum capacity.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments.

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