Broadcom announces GPON chip family for FTTH

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 -- Broadcom Corp. has announced its first product offerings in the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) market with a scalable family of products spanning from gigabit bridges to integrated access device (IAD) capabilities.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 -- Broadcom Corp. has announced its first product offerings in the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) market with a scalable family of products spanning from gigabit bridges to integrated access device (IAD) capabilities. Broadcom's GPON portfolio leverages the company’s processor, switch and physical layer (PHY) intellectual property cores, in conjunction with its Linux and voice over IP (VoIP) software suite, enabling fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) equipment.

The Broadcom BCM6800 family of GPON gateway processors is designed to facilitate the creation of more cost effective optical network terminals (ONTs) used in conjunction with service provider passive optical networks (PONs). The company asserts its new product family provides unparalleled levels of integration using Broadcom's 400-MHz dual core processor architecture, hardware-assisted gigabit bridging and routing, hardware-assisted IPsec security for virtual private network (VPN) termination, gigabit switch and PHYs, VoIP, support for USB 2.0 host and devices, and support for Broadcom's latest wireless LAN (WLAN) devices using PCI Express. The BCM6800 family includes TR-069 and OMCI management software.

Broadcom also says its GPON portfolio features the world's first integration of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA(R)) standard which has already received MoCA 1.1 Certification from the MoCA Certification Board. The BCM6800 portfolio integrates a MoCA media access controller (MAC), PHY transceiver, and RF tuner to enable service providers (using GPON technology) to easily and cost-effectively transform a subscriber's existing coax network into a home media distribution gateway. As a result, service providers that use coax for media distribution within the home can offer whole-home digital media services that allow subscribers to securely access, store, and share multiple types of digital media content including HDTV programs, video-on-demand, digital video recorder (DVR) recordings, Internet content, and VoIP.

Each member of the BCM6800 product family leverages Broadcom's experience with xDSL gateway chips and residential gateway software development and is designed in a 65-nm CMOS process that Broadcom says provides high integration, low power consumption, and small footprint size.

The Broadcom BCM6800 family of GPON devices is now shipping to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.

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