MAY 26, 2010 -- PMC-Sierra Inc. announced the first pluggable GPON optical network terminal (ONT) reference design that can connect any customer premises equipment (CPE) equipped with a standard small form-factor pluggable (SFP) port to a high-speed passive optical network (PON), according to a company spokesperson.
The low-power, plug-and-play ONT enables carriers and system vendors to upgrade existing service-oriented home and small/medium business equipment, including gateways, routers, and integrated access devices, to full GPON functionality without hardware or software redesign. It eliminates the need for carriers and service providers to deploy new CPE when introducing advanced fiber-based services.
The pluggable ONT, based on PMC-Sierra’s GPON SoC for mini-ONT applications, is powered by standard interfaces in the host device and does not require a dedicated power supply.
“FTTH networks have passed the initial adoption stage and service providers are looking for innovative ways to connect existing customers and equipment to passive optical networks for advanced services at faster speeds. In addition, multiple regulators require demarcation between CPE and carrier-provided PON ONTs,” says Raphael Sankar,
vice president and co-general manager of PMC-Sierra’s FTTH Division.
The PAS65823A-KIT pluggable ONT integrates an optical transceiver, a host interface, and a OMCI stack that is interoperable with all major OLT systems on the market. It can be connected to any SFP receptacle and does not require any software or hardware modifications to the host system.
The PAS65823A-KIT pluggable GPON ONT reference design is available now.