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October 15, 2009

LSI and Accton Build New Cheaper Hardware and Software Platform for Delivering IPTV

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

LSI, a provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies, and Accton, a Taiwanese developer of networking and communications solutions, have reportedly designed a new cost-effective hardware and software platform that can be used to broadcast IPTV (News - Alert) and other next-generation, rich media applications over broadband access networks.

According to a release, OEMs can make use of the platform to build specific products that will simplify service providers’ jobs to quickly deploy triple-play services and online gaming business apps. The platform is based on LSI’s Advanced PayloadPlus multi-core communications processors (APP) and broadband access software and Accton’s production-ready remote DSLAM solution.

LSI has stated that its Advanced PayloadPlus (APP) family of software-programmable network processors and communication processors offer fully integrated, single-chip solutions with all the data-path and control-path functions running at wire speed, ranging from 300 Mbits/s to 5 Gbits/s.

The companies are also aiming to cash in on the expected rise in worldwide subscriptions to internet protocol television services which are expected to triple from 19 million subscribers in 2008 to more than 60 million in 2013. And also the companies’ current collaborative effort provides VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2) and PON (Passive Optical Network) connectivity in remote DSLAM applications.

In the release, Samuel Chang, executive vice president of Accton, said LSI is renowned for its development of high-performance, multicore communications processors for networking infrastructure applications and the combined power of Accton’s integration expertise and LSI’s multicore technology has paved way for a new generation of cost-effective, highly scalable, feature-rich platforms that support voice, data and IPTV.

Accton has stated that as the proliferation of broadband access increases, telecommunication and data communication technologies are converging and they will continue to develop broadband access products utilizing multiple technologies to provide solutions for that emerging market.

At present telecom OEMs have to assemble software and hardware components from many different suppliers to build platforms that can be easily integrated into service providers’ network. By collaborating early with software, hardware and system integration providers, LSI says it is developing a set of optimized, pre-integrated and highly scalable platforms that are designed to substantially reduce both the time and cost of delivering next-generation systems to the OEMs and the market.

LSI recently unveiled Ethernet Functional Programming Interface 3.0 and with Aricent (News - Alert) expanded strategic collaboration.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard