AppliedMicro unveils 100G OTN devices

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced what it touts as the industry’s first family of 100-Gbps optical network processors for the packet-optical transport and IP-over-DWDM transport markets. The devices are designed to be used in network interface transponders, muxponders, Optical Transport Network (OTN) cross connects, packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS), and routers.

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AppliedMicro; Nasdaq: AMCC) has announced what it touts as the industry’s first family of 100-Gbps optical network processors for the packet-optical transport and IP-over-DWDM transport markets. The devices are designed to be used in network interface transponders, muxponders, Optical Transport Network (OTN) cross connects, packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS), and routers.

The processors are the first results of AppliedMicro’s acquisition of TPACK and are based on TPACK’s SoftSilicon programmable technology. The FPGA-based approach results in a device that looks and feels like an ASSP, but can be reprogrammed, according to Lars Pederson, TPACK CTO.

The first two new devices in the family, the TPOT414 and TPOT424, are 100G transponders for metro/core OTN and packet networks. They offer integrated support for the recently completed 100 Gigabit Ethernet and ITU OTU4 interface standards.

According to Colin Macnab, president of AppliedMicro’s TPACK subsidiary, “The SoftSilicon programmable technology of TPOT414 and TPOT424 reduces the risk of 100G adoption in networks with the ability to change and add more functionality in the field. For telecom equipment manufacturers, these products lower the development costs of deploying next-generation services.”

The TPOT414 and TPOT424 devices interface directly to CFP or MSA-168 type optical modules for standalone transponder applications or for line cards in larger systems.

AppliedMicro’s 100G OTN product family offers an IP platform with both SoftSilicon-based products and advanced ASSP technology to provide telecom equipment manufacturers with efficient solutions that minimize technical risk. A unified software API for all members of the family reduces development time and maintenance and offers an easy migration path for highly-integrated, cost-effective hardware solutions.

Pin-outs of the TP0T414 and TPOT424 are available now to enable equipment vendors to initiate their board layout work. The devices themselves are expected to be available during the first quarter of next year.

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