Xelerated, Dune jointly launch Metro Ethernet switch

May 4, 2006 Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, CA -- Xelerated and Dune Networks have introduced a jointly developed, production-ready Metro Ethernet switch based on Xelerated's X11 network processor and Metro Ethernet application and Dune Networks' FAP20V traffic manager.

May 4, 2006 Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, CA -- Xelerated and Dune Networks have introduced a jointly developed, production-ready Metro Ethernet switch based on Xelerated's X11 network processor and Metro Ethernet application and Dune Networks' FAP20V traffic manager.

According to the companies, the carrier-class Metro Ethernet Switch is designed to provision triple play services and enterprise VLANs at the edge of carrier networks where classification, QoS enforcement, and individual service bandwidth management are required. The companies say the switch's capability of flexibly supporting large tables, Provider Bridge, IPv4/v6 Routing, and MPLS in combination with guaranteed rate access and QoS differentiation makes it an ideal product for PON aggregation, IP-DSLAM aggregation, and E-LAN provisioning with VPLS.

The 24xGE+2x10GE switch comes with Xelerated's Metro Ethernet application and its APIs for easy integration of control plane software, and Dune's FAP20V API for configuration of per-customer QoS. Customers are given access to the complete hardware manufacturing IP and to the software for value-add differentiation. To further minimize time-to-market, software integration is provided for third party control plane stacks. Arrangements have also been put in place for production with a global EMS partner, Sanmina-SCI.

"I am excited to present this carrier-class solution based on leading merchant silicon. Together with our partners we deliver a powerful, feature rich Metro Ethernet switch solution that our customers can take to volume production in less than three months," comments Johan Börje, CEO of Xelerated. "Customers are already working on making the switch part of their product portfolio and bringing it to production during this year."

"The fully programmable X11 device together with the FAP20V per-subscriber programmable scheduler results in a solution that for the first time addresses the full requirements of the Metro Edge," adds Eyal Dagan, Dune Networks' CEO.

According to the companies, the switch is designed with two Xelerated X11 data-flow network processors and two Dune FAP20V traffic managers, connected back-to-back. The 20G full duplex devices, X11 and FAP20V, combine wire-speed performance and programmability that enable system vendors to build carrier-class equipment at a competitive price point. Based on the data-flow network processor, the switch provides the flexibility needed to enable system vendors to add value by feature differentiation and to adapt as standards evolve, enabling a cost advantage by reducing development time as well as extending time-in-market.

The Metro Ethernet switch has redundant power supplies and is available in two different variants regarding GbE interface types. The fiber model has 24 SFP and 2 XFP interfaces; the copper model has 24 RJ45 and 2 XFP interfaces. Either model allows four of the GbE ports to be used for either copper or fiber. The switch measures 1RU in height and 390-mm in depth, and is suitable for use in 19" racks and in telecom cabinets such as standard ETSI/ANSI/ATCA racks.

Prototypes and hardware design will be available in September and will be ready for volume production in Q4 2006.


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