PMC-Sierra Unveils GPON ONT Reference Design

PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) has announced the availability of the PAS65311 GPON ONT Reference Design. The solution features PMC-Sierra’s GigaPASS(TM) architecture, the only ONT solution already deployed in millions of PON devices. It includes a fully featured ITU-T G.984 GPON MAC, an advanced classification engine, robust QoS queuing, advanced VLAN bridging and manipulation, and IPTV filtering, all performed at line-rate speeds for all packet sizes. The solution has already proven interoperability with most existing GPON OLT designs.

“We welcome PMC-Sierra’s entry into the GPON market after such great success in EPON,” said Michael Shores, CEO of TXP Corporation, a leading supplier of ONT solutions following TXP’s acquisition of Siemens’ ONT business in 2006. “We found PMC-Sierra’s solution to be the only one to achieve true line-rate processing at all packet sizes, a critical factor for our customers deploying true triple-play services.”

PAS65311 Reference Design Featuring PMC-Sierra's GigaPASS ArchitecturePMC-Sierra’s GigaPASS FTTH architecture delivers wire-speed performance
As speeds surpass gigabit-per-second rates, an entirely new design approach is required in access network equipment, compared with sub-gigabit/second technologies such as DSL, cable and BPON. The GigaPASS architecture integrates multiple hardware-based packet-processing engine subsystems to deliver wire-speed packet processing at all packet sizes, and combines them with a control processor supporting Linux and VxWorks operating systems and extensible middleware platforms.

“PMC-Sierra is well positioned to support GPON deployments with our high-performance GigaPASS architecture, the only PON silicon deployed in millions of ONUs,” said Victor Vaisleib, general manager of the FTTH Business Unit at PMC-Sierra. “We are sharing with our customers a wealth of field experience tempered by deployments of four generations of high-volume FTTH silicon.”

PMC-Sierra’s new reference design features the PAS6201-G0 PON ONT SoC with PMC-Sierra’s high-performance GigaPASS FTTH architecture. The PAS6201-G0 is the GPON version of PMC-Sierra’s PAS6201 EPON SoC, the only PON SoC with millions already in deployment. It is coupled with PMC-Sierra’s PAS6211 GPON Framer/Serdes to provide a low-cost, high-performance GPON ONT solution. The reference design includes schematics, bill of materials, firmware, full OMCI stack, TR-69 and VoIP SIP software stacks running on top of Linux operating system, and full documentation, reducing the time required for an OEM to develop and deploy ONTs.

Availability and customer support
The PAS65311 ONT Reference Design package and the PAS6201-G0 PON SoC are available now, and are already sampling to leading GPON equipment manufacturers. The PAS6211 GPON Framer/Serdes will be sampling to PMC-Sierra’s customers next month. For pricing and delivery information, contact a PMC-Sierra sales representative.

About PMC-Sierra’s FTTH family of products
PMC-Sierra is the only supplier to support both EPON (IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile) and GPON (ITU-T G.984) standards. The Company’s gigabit PON products are based on the robust GigaPASS(TM) FTTH Architecture that achieves sustained gigabit and greater data rates while providing a powerful 32-bit programmable processing engine executing the real-time operating system, middleware, and application-specific firmware required for high performance FTTH network access functions. PMC-Sierra system-on-a-chip solutions provide end-to-end gigabit per second bandwidth solutions linking central office equipment and customer premise equipment. OLT (optical line terminal) devices connect the central office to the PON network and ONU (optical network unit) or ONT (optical network terminal) devices connect customer premises to the PON network.

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra(TM) is a leading provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors for metro, access, fiber to the home, wireless infrastructure, storage, laser printers and fiber access gateway equipment. PMC-Sierra offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe, Israel and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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