Altera Introduces MSAN Partner Ecosystem

Providing customers with an integrated, end-to-end solutions approach to accelerate the delivery of FPGA-based broadband applications, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced its MSAN Partner Ecosystem. This new program extends Altera’s strategy of delivering flexible and complete end-market solutions that support customer needs for cost efficiency, power efficiency, product evolution and enhancement.

Multi-service access node (MSAN) architecture has evolved in response to the industry’s need for enhanced features to enable broadband access while simultaneously reducing development and unit cost. Specifically focused on current and upcoming broadband access technologies, MSAN equipment offers xDSL (ADSLl, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL, VDSL2, etc.) as well as xPON (EPON, GPON, etc.) services from a single, unified platform.

Altera’s MSAN Partner Ecosystem includes Ethernity Networks, AimValley, MorethanIP and Sarance Technologies. Each of these partners provides a unique and complementary intellectual property (IP) solution designed to bolster Altera’s FPGA solutions. Specifically, the partners will enhance Altera’s product line of FPGAs with capabilities ranging from next-generation DSL line cards to advanced GPON line cards that protect and maximize customers’ existing MSAN technology investments.

Ethernity Networks, based in Lod, Israel, offers low-cost, high-performance metro access flow-based processor and traffic management integrated into a single low-cost FPGA. Ethernity offers system vendors a significant cost reduction by integrating all the key components of their high-end cards into a single FPGA.

AimValley, located in Hilversum, Netherlands, provides IP and design services to create FPGA-based carrier-class solutions for metro and access networks. AimValley offers full-featured solutions for DSL channel bonding, circuit emulation and packet processing.

MorethanIP, located in Munich, Germany, focuses on developing IP and designs for telecommunications solutions. They provide a 10-Gigabit Ethernet media access control (MAC) and switch for network interface cards.

Sarance Technologies is an IP development firm based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Sarance offers a portfolio of ASIC and FPGA silicon IP cores targeted at packet classification, traffic management and interface IP, which come with all of the components required to enable seamless system integration.

“The Altera MSAN Ecosystem provides a one-stop shopping concept for customers,” said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera’s communications business unit. “The FPGA-based platform and IP enable customers to drive integration to their end products easily.”

In putting this broad range of ecosystem partners together, Altera has created a diverse mix of well-integrated solutions to help businesses execute technology-related processes consistently, automatically and correctly every time.

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