August 30, 2004 Santa Clara, CA-- Parama Networks introduced the PNI8010, the latest "system on a chip" device in their patented ADM-on-a-Chip (AoC) family. The AoC places all the functions of an ADM onto a single CMOS IC.
The new device incorporates eight programmable tributary interfaces to run at OC-3/12 or STM-1/4 rates, two OC-48/STM-16 line interfaces, and 10 Gbits/sec of non-blocking crossconnect functionality. Like the PNI8040 and PNI8160 AoCs, the PNI8010 is extremely power efficient, drawing less than 4 watts.
Parama developed the AoC to assist the telecomm OEM community with the urgent task of developing highly efficient and lower-cost equipment for next-generation SONET/SDH services (e.g., packet over SONET), multi-service provisioning platform, and multi-service transport platform applications.
"Our goal is to commoditize the transport network silicon," said Hemant Bheda, chief executive of Parama Networks. "The PNI8010 is the latest in a planned string of product announcements in pursuit of that goal. This chip brings us a step closer to enabling the '$5000 ADM,' which we discussed at Supercomm. Our network equipment customers are counting on us to drive cost out of the network equipment so that they can compete effectively in next-gen SONET/SDH equipment deployments, and in hotly contested growth markets such as India and China."
"The ADM-on-a-Chip is an impressive achievement and the new 8010 will help ADM manufacturers build metro edge and core products. It is a natural complement to Parama's higher-capacity ADM-on-a-Chip products introduced earlier," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "I am impressed that, in addition to fully-compliant SONET and SDH functionality, the centralized architecture supports 50-msec mesh restoration and per-service protection for efficient data transport."
The PNI8010 is manufactured in 0.13u CMOS process and packaged in an 831-pin flip-chip BGA package. Production samples are available now.