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Network processors roll for Ethernet access market

Posted: 22 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network processors? Ethernet? GPON?

EZchip Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary of LanOptics Ltd, announced a family of network processors targeting Ethernet Access applications.

Several models of the network processors, named NPA, will be offered in 2008 with combinations of 100Mbit, 1Gbit and 10Gbit Ethernet ports with an aggregate throughput of up to 10Gbits.

The NPA product family addresses the transition of carrier access from ATM/TDM based networks to Ethernet packet-based networks and the provisioning of triple-play services that command increased bandwidth and service guarantees to residential and business users.

The NPA is a scaled down version of EZchip's NP-3 30Gbit network processor. It features the same architecture, integrated traffic management and full software compatibility with the NP-3. Carrier access applications include Ethernet demarcation, access and aggregation nodes; wireless backhaul and base stations aggregation for mobile access; GPON/EPON aggregation nodes (OLT) for optical access; and VDSL aggregation nodes (DSLAM) for copper access.

Pricing starts at less than $100 in quantities. Sampling will begin in 2008.

- Ismini Scouras

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