Conexant expands PON semiconductor portfolio

March 30, 2006 Newport Beach, CA -- Conexant Systems has expanded its broadband access product portfolio by introducing a family of system-on-chip (SoC) controllers for passive optical networks (PON). The company's CX9520X "Xenon II" family of controllers is designed for optical network units (ONUs) on the client-side of FTTP, multi-dwelling-unit (MDU) and FTTN EPON/GEPON applications.

March 30, 2006 Newport Beach, CA -- Conexant Systems has expanded its broadband access product portfolio by introducing a family of system-on-chip (SoC) controllers for passive optical networks (PON). The company's CX9520X "Xenon II" family of controllers is designed for optical network units (ONUs) on the client-side of FTTP, multi-dwelling-unit (MDU) and FTTN EPON/GEPON applications.

Support for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), as well as IP multicasting is included to facilitate real-time IP voice and video applications. Coupled with the company's Accelity VDSL2 chipset, the Xenon II controller provides service providers with a system platform for FTTN and MDU applications. In addition, the controllers can be used with the company's media processing, wireless LAN, and home networking chipsets to deliver quality of service (QoS) on every link of a home network. Conexant's protocol stack can be used to enable integration of new features in the devices.

"Demand for triple-play services is growing, but a lower price point on the client-side is necessary to drive widespread deployment and consumer adoption," comments Akram Atallah, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's Broadband Access business unit. "Xenon II meets this need, delivering high-performance and key optical networking features that support the complete delivery of broadband triple-play services to the digital home."

The Xenon II processor family is sampling now, with production quantities scheduled for May 2006. Prices begin at $26.50 for high-volume applications.

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