Freescale, OpenCon offer GPON reference design

NOVEMBER 28, 2007 -- Freescale Semiconductor has collaborated with OpenCon Systems to create a hardware/software reference design kit developed to spur the creation of affordable, highly integrated GPON CPE.

NOVEMBER 28, 2007 -- Freescale Semiconductor (search for Freescale) has collaborated with OpenCon Systems (search for OpenCon) to create a hardware/software reference design kit developed to spur the creation of affordable, highly integrated GPON customer premises equipment (CPE).

The reference design kit, available now from OpenCon Systems, includes a turnkey software package for optical network terminals (ONTs) based on OMCI management technology that ships with Freescale's MSC7120 GPON device. The OpenCon software also leverages the MSC7120's on-chip DSP to support SIP-based VoIP telephony services.

The kit is expected to prove especially attractive to Asia-Pacific ODM customers looking to enter broadband-over-fiber markets quickly and with relatively low investment levels.

"Enabling triple play services at the speed of light requires a complete enablement solution for ODM and OEM customers," said Jeff Timbs, director of strategic marketing for Freescale's Networking Systems Division. "By combining our outstanding performance and integration with OpenCon's field-proven OMCI solution, manufacturers can now quickly create and deliver world-class CPE products to market."

The software package includes user applications and management modules, a complete OMCI stack, and APIs that interface to the Freescale device. The package enables communication between the GPON CPE and the central office at the service layer, thereby enabling the central office to seamlessly manage and control the data flow to and from the subscriber ONTs, according to Freescale.

"Together, Freescale and OpenCon are providing comprehensive software for the most advanced GPON SoC solution available in the market today," said Jonathan Ma, president and CEO of OpenCon Systems. "To further enable GPON ONT product development, we are also offering systems integration and bring-up services, so our joint customers can rely on OpenCon's extensive experience in providing a range of solutions for this market."

The dual-core MSC7120 integrates a Power Architecture CPU, a StarCore DSP, and a data path engine to deliver a complete PON sub-system in a single device. The device supports the G.984 GPON GEM protocol and is designed to be compliant with the ITU-T standards.

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