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China's ZTE accesses Agere net processors

Posted: 27 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Agere Systems has scored another major win for its Advanced Payload Plus 300 range of network processors, with ZTE Corporation, China's largest listed telecoms equipment maker, using the part in its next generation of DSLAM platfortms.

The Chinese group will use Agere's TrueAdvantage converged access range, announced earlier this year. The APP300 series of network processors and associated software are at the core of this platform.

"This is a big win for us as Chinese TEMs such as ZTE are becoming really serious and aggressive players in international as well as the very competitive domestic market for line cards used in a variety of applications for 'triple play' services", said Mark Cieri, director of business development in Agere's telecom division.

Cieri stresses the contract is a further illustration that large companies are increasingly making 'platform decisions' to help their customers implement quickly new or enhanced features and services, or 'service velocity'.

It is also a further illustration of the steady migration of the original Agere architecture, intended for core packet analysis duties, to metro and access applications, where the number of channels processed and the flexibility of the system are more important.

Cieri notes that DSLAM line card traffic processors must support numerous features these days if they are to meet these challenges. Examples include classifying and filtering to prevent service theft and denial-of-service attacks; controlling congestion to ensure high-priority traffic does not get dropped; prioritizing, scheduling and shaping to enable QoS; and multi-casting for video and other broadcast service support.

The TrueAdvantage converged access platform has already been specified by NEC, Korean DSL gear specialist Corcess and most recently Zhone Technologies, the latter for a range of VDSL-2 line concentrators. "And we are engaged with several other companies who have chosen the APP300 processors for their access solutions, but who have not yet gone public," said Cieri.

"ZTE needed to choose a proven network processor platform that offers a flexible, reusable and easily programmable architecture to satisfy the diverse and evolving broadband access market needs," Maoping He, chief engineer of ZTE's broadband access product, said in a statement. "Agere's APP300 family will allow ZTE to meet challenging cost-per-port targets we are facing while also delivering high-performance solutions that span a wide range of channel capacities and speeds."

- John Walko

EE Times

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