TaraCom Integrated Products and GDA Technologies enter GPON partnership

MARCH 20, 2008 -- TaraCom Integrated Products and GDA Technologies say they will combine their GPON SerDes PHY and GPON MAC in an integrated platform.

MARCH 20, 2008 -- TaraCom Integrated Products and GDA Technologies have entered into a partnership to combine their experience in mixed signal and digital technologies to offer an integrated platform for GPON applications for the ONU SerDes PHY and the GPON MAC that can be readily integrated into ASIC, SoC, or other packaging formats in either 90- or 65-nm process technologies with multiple fabrication suppliers. Special technical consultation is also available for integration with the laser drivers or system or optical modules, say the companies.

"Our GPON customers are looking for integrated solutions to enable them to accelerate their product development cycle," reports Ravi Thummarukudy, vice president and general manager of IC solutions division at GDA. "We are excited to partner with TaraCom to provide this complete solution that will help the customer ramp up their product development quickly. We complement each other in our digital and PHY capabilities, and together we can enable complete system level solutions in the shortest possible time," he contends.

TaraCom's TITAN GPON SerDes is being developed under orders from existing customers with delivery in the 3Q2008.

The GPON MAC is in development and will be fully compliant to the standards.

"We anticipate that most designs will be customized for unique applications to meet the cost, performance and application requirements of the Asian, European, and domestic markets," notes Charlie Smaltz, vice president of business development.

Dr. Reza Gholomi, TaraCom's vice president of systems engineering, says the GPON SerDes and MAC will be fully compliant to ITU-T G.984.X specifications. The system offers multiple options of 4, 8, 10 or 16 with bit rate options. The TRC2441 design offers a downstream data rate of 2.488 Gbits/sec, 1.244 Gbits/sec, and upstream data rate of 2.488 Gbits/sec, 1.244 Gbits/sec, and 622 Mbits/sec and is an ITU GPON (G.984.2) compliant interface. TRC2441CGA operates from a single 1.0 V-supply, says the company. The device is capable of transmitting and receiving asymmetrical serial data up to 2.5 Gbits/sec. The MAC PHY core will be compatible with single and multi-function cores. The third-generation SerDes technology offers low power consumption while maintaining what the companies claim is the industry's highest jitter tolerance.

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