Teknovus and Fiberxon cooperate on 'Turbo' EPON

JANUARY 23, 2007 -- The Turbo EPON ONU provides ITU-T GPON speeds with all the advantages of widely deployed IEEE EPON, including the high-volume manufacturing EPON ecosystem, say the companies.

Jan 23rd, 2007

JANUARY 23, 2007 - Teknovus (search for Teknovus), provider of GEPON chips for fiber-to-the-home/business (FTTH/B) networks, and Fiberxon (search for Fiberxon), supplier of optics for the PON market, have announced cooperation in the development of Teknovus' Turbo EPON solutions, beginning with a 2.5-Gbit/sec version.

Teknovus' Turbo EPON offerings encompass Fiberxon's advanced transceivers, enabling an easy upgrade to higher speeds through the use of Fiberxon's dual-speed optical network unit (ONU) transceivers, say the companies.

Teknovus is demonstrating Turbo 2.5G EPON at FOE in Japan.

Fiberxon and Teknovus began cooperation in September 2005 and have continued to work together to meet the demands of service providers deploying FTTX networks for advanced video applications, including IPTV. Teknovus and Fiberxon say their reference designs are used by more than 14 equipment vendors around the globe.

Teknovus' first Turbo EPON product is the TK3714. The TK3714 ONU chip is fully compliant with IEEE 802.3ah 1.25G EPON specifications and offers an enhanced Turbo EPON mode for 2.5G operation. Teknovus and Fiberxon report that they have begun cooperation on 10G EPON reference designs.

"The importance of IPTV and other advanced video services is clear," contends Li Hsu, president and chief executive officer of Fiberxon. "Equipment vendors must meet the demands of service providers rapidly while winning on features, price, and a simple upgrade path. Our continued cooperation with Teknovus guarantees an affordable, future-proof solution for equipment vendors, service providers, and subscribers," he says. "We are pleased to be part of Teknovus' Turbo EPON chips."

"We are continuing to build Turbo EPON reference designs with Fiberxon," adds Greg Caltabiano, president and CEO of Teknovus. "EPON is dominating FTTX deployments with the simplicity of Ethernet architecture, availability of low-cost solutions and the reality of 10G EPON. Fiberxon's intelligent, low-cost transceivers are a critical piece of the EPON ecosystem," he contends.

The TK3714 is fully compatible with existing Teknovus EPON deployments and has auto-sensing for detecting downstream speeds. It allows service providers to install 1.25G/2.5G central office optical line terminal (OLT) capability when desired and without costly ONU upgrades, claims Teknovus. The Turbo EPON ONU provides ITU-T GPON speeds with all the advantages of widely deployed IEEE EPON, including the high-volume manufacturing EPON ecosystem, says the company.


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