Galazar Networks' SONET framers deliver next-generation services over legacy networks

2 September 2003 Ottawa, Ontario Lightwave -- Galazar Networks Inc., a fabless semiconductor company with next-generation SONET/SDH framers, today announced that network equipment vendors and carriers have tested and verified the functionality of the MSF250, DSF250, and MSF15 framers.

Sep 2nd, 2003

2 September 2003 Ottawa, Ontario Lightwave -- Galazar Networks Inc., a fabless semiconductor company with next-generation SONET/SDH framers, today announced that network equipment vendors and carriers have tested and verified the functionality of the MSF250, DSF250, and MSF15 framers.

Galazar's flagship product, the MSF250 multi-service framer, is the first complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) framer to offer comprehensive SONET device integration of legacy DS1/E1 and emerging Ethernet data services, claim company representatives. A single MSF250 offers multiple voice, leased line, and data service interfaces such as 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, DS1/E1 and DS3/E3, mapping into protected SONET lines from OC-3 to OC-48. According to the company, the Galazar product family consists of the world's first devices to simultaneously support mixed High Order (STS) and Low Order (VT) Virtual Concatenation (VC) with Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS).

Galazar's framers are targeted at network equipment manufacturers whose systems enable carriers to extend their current SONET investments by providing next-generation packet and Ethernet services on their existing infrastructure. The products allow carriers to increase their service offerings and revenue without additional central office investments. Galazar designed its products in collaboration with several carriers and Tier One equipment vendors, resulting in highly flexible, interoperable devices.

"Network equipment vendors and carriers have been using our products over the past couple of months, and our framers have interoperated successfully with other key network and test equipment," contends Richard Deboer, chief executive officer, Galazar Networks. "We believe our close collaboration with our customers in the development phase is responsible for this success. Galazar's ability to deliver real products to a solid Tier One customer base positions us very competitively."

Agilent Technologies Inc. has supplied its latest OmniBER OTN 2.5-Gbit/sec next-generation SONET test platform to support Galazar on its MSF250 evaluation platform customer tour. Agilent's OmniBER OTN 2.5 Gbits/sec is the industry's first analyzer to test Ethernet over SONET transport via Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) encapsulation and High and Low Order Virtual Concatenation.

"We are very pleased to be working with Galazar on its MSF250 evaluation tour," adds Ronnie Neil, Agilent's marketing programs manager for next-generation SONET testing. "Interoperability is key to the deployment of next-generation SONET networks and services, and the use of the OmniBER OTN enables customers to fully evaluate the functionality and interoperability of the Galazar framer."

Successful interoperability of Galazar's MSF250 on a live network has also been demonstrated by CANARIE Inc., Canada's advanced Internet development organization . Using Galazar's MSF250, CANARIE successfully demonstrated Virtual Concatenated Ethernet over SONET (EoS) services over a SONET network on its live, CA*net 4 national network. The CA*net 4 links all Canadian research-intensive institutions over a 10 Gigabit coast-to-coast network in North America.

"The first-ever successful implementation of an Ethernet over SONET framer supporting High and Low Order Virtual Concatenation on an in-service network is a tremendous accomplishment for Galazar," reports Andrew Bjerring, president and chief executive officer of CANARIE Inc. "This test supports not only CANARIE's goal of advancing technology but also of supporting world-class companies, such as Galazar, in order to develop leading, next-generation products."

Product portfolio: MSF250, DSF250, and MSF15

Galazar's Ethernet over SONET (EoS) framers simultaneously support mixed High Order and Low Order Virtual Concatenation (VC) with Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS). This allows for more efficient use of network bandwidth, which is critical to maximizing revenues from existing infrastructure. All devices offer up to 24 Virtual Concatenation Groups (VCG), providing further maximization of SONET/SDH lines. Until now, mapping of only four or 12 groups was available. The chips' external SDRAM interface offers up to 250-ms differential delay compensation. The devices adhere to the GFP/X.86/HDLC Ethernet mapping standards.

Galazar offers full customer support for all products, including evaluation platforms, software drivers, and a software support program.

MSF250
The single-chip MSF250 framer is a 2.5-Gbit/sec SONET/SDH device for multi-service CPE/CLE products. The MSF250 offers multiple voice, leased line, and data service interfaces, including 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SPI-3, DS1/E1, DS3/E3, SPI-3 and Telecom Bus interfaces mapping into protected SONET/SDH lines ranging from OC-3/STM-1 to OC-48/STM-16.

DSF250
The DSF250 is a single-chip 2.5-Gbit/sec framer for packet and Ethernet over SONET/SDH. The DSF250 offers 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and SPI-3 interfaces mapped into protected SONET/SDH lines ranging from OC-3/STM-1 to OC-48/STM-16.

MSF15
The MSF15 is a highly integrated 155-Mbit/sec SONET/SDH framer for multi-service CPE/CLE applications. The MSF15 is capable of mapping legacy DS1/E1, DS3/E3 services and 10/100 Ethernet traffic into redundant OC-3/STM-1 SONET/SDH lines.

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