Opulan announces symmetrical 10G EPON chips

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- After months of in-house testing and two rounds of industry-wide, chip-level interoperability tests conducted in July and November of 2009, respectively, Opulan Technologies Corp. has announced the production availability of symmetric 10-Gbps Ethernet-PON (10G EPON) silicon. The devices include both OLT and ONU chips.

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- After months of in-house testing and two rounds of industry-wide, chip-level interoperability tests conducted in July and November of 2009, respectively, Opulan Technologies Corp. has announced the production availability of symmetric 10-Gbps Ethernet-PON (10G EPON) silicon. The devices include both OLT and ONU chips.

Opulan says its 10G EPON devices support throughput rates of 9 Gbps downstream and 8.6 Gbps upstream.

There are several 10G EPON field trials currently underway by China’s major carriers. Commercial scale deployment of 10G EPON is expected to begin in late 2010 in China, followed by Japan in second half of 2011.

The combined market of these two countries could require an annual shipment of 8 to 9 million units of 10G EPON ONUs in the next five years, says Opulan. Such deployments will drive the demand for 10G OLTs in CO aggregation points that offer high split ratios while maintaining full compatibility to legacy 1G EPON ONUs.

Opulan says its 10G EPON OLT device can accommodate up to 256 splits per channel in the mixed mode of 1G and 10G.

China Telecom finished the second round of its interoperability testing November 27, 2009. “This is truly another remarkable event after the IEEE 802.3av standard was ratified in September 2009. It means that 10G EPON technology is commercially ready. And that solidifies carriers’ capability to migrate into an infrastructure that enables a true high-speed Internet access based on fiber to subscribers, cost effectively.” said Dr. Zheng Liu, president and CEO of Opulan Technologies “Once optics cost drops down to an acceptable level, which is expected widely to happen in 2010, the commercial-scale deployment of 10G EPON in the FTTB applications will take off.”

Opulan’s 10G EPON devices are currently in FPGA form. ASICs are expected to be available in 2010. Pricing is available upon request.

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