Marvell introduces AVANTA series for broadband optical access

FEBRUARY 3, 2010 – Marvell in Santa Clara, Calif., announced the first member of the AVANTA family of broadband optical access solutions for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON), and 10Gigabit EPON.

FEBRUARY 3, 2010 – Marvell in Santa Clara, Calif., announced the first member of the AVANTA family of broadband optical access solutions for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON), and 10Gigabit EPON.

This new family of broadband solutions offers as much as 20 times the bandwidth of traditional copper-based networking solutions, Marvell officials say. The first devices are single-chip for single-family-units (SFUs) for mass-deployment of next generation video-centric and interactive Internet.

Optical Access provides the technology leap to enable high broadband throughput ranging from 100 megabits per second to 2.5 gigabits per second per home overcoming the current limitations with copper-wired infrastructure. This expanded throughput is necessary for streaming 3D High Definition content in real time as well as user-to-user and user to cloud interactive applications.

"Consumers worldwide have a growing appetite for media-rich entertainment such as IPTV, interactive video, and multiplayer games. For these applications, PON offers much more bandwidth than DSL copper technology," says Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "Marvell's new EPON and GPON products can play an important role in the replacement of DSL in North America and enable households in countries such as India and China to take advantage of huge amounts of bandwidth with their first broadband installation."

The first set of products from the AVANTA series are single chip for SFU applications, addressing both standards of the passive optical networks: the ITU GPON standard mostly adopted in the U.S. and the European Union, as well as the IEEE EPON standard mostly adopted in major Asia-pacific countries including China. The AVANTA 88F6510 features a high level of integration, including a Gigahertz class CPU, dual-mode PON MAC, Line-rate IPv6-capable programmable packet processor, Voice-over-IP, Ethernet Switch, and Ethernet PHYs.

"Globally, carriers are challenged to increase bandwidth, add more services and driver lower power, while reducing cost. Marvell's open software eco-system, exceptional levels of performance, high-integration and low-power solutions solve the challenges for service providers who are driving optical broadband," says Simon Milner, general manager EBU, "Marvell has solved all of these challenges by offering a dual-mode device with a Gigahertz-class CPU running all open-source software, and its plugcomputer.org eco-system. With plentiful bandwidth, and ability to offer differentiated services, we believe CPU performance will be the key technology for Internet 3.0., a cloud centric, interactive Internet."

The AVANTA family will sample to customers at the end of March.

Marvell: www.marvell.com

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