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March 11, 2009

Vitesse Intros 10G-EPON Chipset to Enable Next-Gen FTTH Deployments

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Vitesse Semiconductor, which provides advanced IC solutions for carrier and enterprise networks, has announced a complete physical media dependent (PMD) chipset for 10 Gbps Ethernet passive optical networks (10G-EPON).
Vitesse’s new chipset enables next-generation fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments, delivering a high-quality, high-bandwidth, on-demand multimedia experience to consumers. It provides OEMs with an “accelerated and cost-effective migration path to implement faster data rates within the existing network infrastructure,” officials said.
According to Vitesse, bandwidth-intensive triple-play applications and services such as high-definition Internet Protocol TV (HD IPTV (News - Alert)), video on demand (VoD), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and peer-to-peer networking now demand standard compliant PON-based technology.
Vitesse’s 10G-EPON chipset addresses this requirement to meet the ever-increasing demand on bandwidth. It is compliant with the IEEE (News - Alert) P802.3av/D3.0 standard which allows for the coexistence of 1G-EPON and 10G-EPON systems on the same distribution network.
“Considering the current mass-deployed 1G-EPON in Asia is growing over 40-percent year-over-year, many industry experts foresee next-generation 10G-EPON-based products maturing enough for initial commercial deployments by late 2009 or early 2010,” said Angus Lai, product marketing manager for Vitesse, in a statement.
“Understanding the needs of our customers and consumers, Vitesse has capitalized on its success with 1G-EPON deployments in Asia to provide the first 10G-EPON standards-compliant chipset that makes next-generation FTTH technology a reality,” Lai added. 
The 10G-EPON chipset is currently being sampled. Vitesse said a reference design evaluation board for 10G-EPON with various transmit-optical-subassembly (TOSA) devices and complete firmware will be available in the second quarter of 2009.
Vitesse is a provider of Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Ethernet-over-SONET, fiber channel, serial attached SCSI, optical transport, and other applications.
The conpany recently announced FlexEQ, a high-performance electronic dispersion compensation and adaptive equalization technology, specifically designed to enable communication signals to travel farther, faster, and error-free without upgrading the installed base of connectors, backplanes, and cables. FlexEQ technology can transport data at speeds ranging from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps and above, officials said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi