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Centillium enters GPON, EPON markets

Posted: 20 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Centillium? fiber-to-the-premises? FTTP? semiconductor? optical transceiver?

Centillium Communications Inc. recently expanded its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) semiconductor product portfolio with new optical transceiver chipset families.

The Zeus 2 optical transceiver chipsets are the company's foray into the GPON and EPON markets, while the Apollo 2 optical transceiver chipsets are targeted at the SONET transport and enterprise applications.

According to the press release, Centillium has leveraged its advanced IP and optical networking expertise to create the industry's first fully integrated optical transceiver product families in CMOS technology that provide optical module vendors and service providers transmission rates of up to 2.5Gbps with an extremely high level of reliability, increased flexibility, faster time-to-market and reduced BOM cost.

"Over the next five years, the PON transceiver market will grow at 44 percent CAGR as network service providers worldwide transition from voice to a multi-media/IP TV business model. This transition will accelerate deployment of PON infrastructure," said Steve Rago, principal analyst for broadband and digital home practice at iSuppli in a press statement. "Centillium's newest transceiver chipsets enable OEMs to create a base platform from which to address the global PON market. A silicon family that addresses multiple applications in a single footprint should aid OEMs in reducing their development costs and producing lower cost products for the service providers."

According to the press release, Centillium's innovative next-generation optical technology enables the integration of a broad range of functionality into a small, standards-compliant package without the need for a separate microcontroller. The high level of integration and functionality provides cost savings for optical module vendors in design, manufacturing, inventory and testing, as well as long-term stability of the laser, added the company.

Didier Boivin, vice president of marketing, Centillium, commented, "The latest additions to our transceiver product line provide advanced features such as highly accurate Digital Diagnostic Monitoring (DDM) to give service providers clear-cut visibility into network operation, a key factor in maintaining tight control over the health of their networks."

Both the Zeus 2 and Apollo 2 transceiver chipsets are manufactured in CMOS technology, and integrate a laser driver, limiting amplifier, automatic laser power control, DDM and an on-board EEPROM.

The Zeus 2 transceiver chipsets enable the transmission of bi-directional burst-mode data traffic for rates up to 2.5Gbps. These chipsets support CO and CPE applications for GPON, EPON and A/BPON infrastructures, and comply with IEEE 802.3ah and ITU-T G.983/G.984 specs.

The Apollo 2 transceiver line enables the transmission of point-to-point, continuous mode data traffic for rates up to 2.5Gbps, covering Fast Ethernet, OC3/STM-1, OC12/STM-4, Gigabit Ethernet and up to OC48/STM-16.

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