12 May 2003 Mountain View, CA Lightwave--The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance, an industry advocacy group promoting resilient packet ring (RPR) technology and its standardization by IEEE, today announced that chip maker Cortina Systems is its newest member. Cortina develops multiprotocol application-specific standard products (ASSPs) that incorporate SONET, Ethernet, and RPR functionality, enabling system manufacturers to offer to their customers highly flexible, optimized solutions.
"The addition of Cortina to the RPR Alliance signifies a growing interest in RPR from chip makers and strengthens our representation of that market segment," said John Hawkins, chair of the RPR Alliance and senior marketing manager of Optical Ethernet for Nortel Networks. "As we continue with the process of standardizing RPR in the IEEE 802.17 working group, the RPR Alliance is moving forward on its mission of education and its focus on interoperability. We welcome Cortina's experience and insight into the development of RPR interoperability criteria."
"The next generation systems will incorporate RPR to maximize bandwidth utilization in metro networks and enable cost-effective delivery of Ethernet services," said Zino Chair, Cortina's vice president of marketing. "Our highly integrated ICs address the key requirements of today's system development by providing increased functionality while significantly reducing space and power requirement and minimizing design and inventory costs across multiple platforms. We see strong market potential for RPR and commend the Alliance for its work in educating the marketplace regarding this new promising technology."
The Alliance promotes the adoption of an RPR standard for LANs, MANs, and WANs by educating the networking industry about RPR technology and the benefits of an IEEE standard as well as by fostering multi-vendor interoperability. Principal members of the RPR Alliance include Cisco Systems, Corrigent Systems, Lantern Communications, and Nortel Networks. Alliance Semiconductor, ARRIS, Cortina Systems, Infineon Technologies, Intel, and Ixia are participating members in the Alliance.