November 23, 2005 Frankfurt, Germany -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has introduced its ETHOS MB87M2181 evaluation platform, a highly integrated system that the company says allows ODMs and OEMs to rapidly prototype a compact micro Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (micro MSPP) using the Fujitsu ETHOS device.
According to the company, the evaluation platform: collapses a multi-shelf system to a single card in a "pizza box" form factor; supports both legacy PDH and 10/100/1000 Ethernet services at OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 capacity; supports an interactive online scripting environment to simplify configuration and prototyping for fast time-to-market; and offers an on-board CPU running Linux real-time OS for convenient software development.
Developed in co-operation with Fujitsu's partner AimCom, a design and development company specializing in next-generation, carrier class optical networking, the ETHOS evaluation platform is designed as a complete, stand-alone system solution for customer premises equipment or complete network elements. The platform features two-per-port programmable OC-3/12 SONET or STM-1/4 SDH optical interfaces and two OC-3 SONET or STM-1 SDH optical interfaces that connect to SFP modules. An additional four E1/DS1 and four 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports are also provided.
The evaluation platform is based on Fujitsu's ETHOS MB87M2181 device, an integrated single-chip MSPP optimized for OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 applications. The company says the device's advanced data features and high integration are ideal for compact networking equipment deployed in remote terminals or customer premises equipment, where service density does not justify the use of larger, more expensive MSPPs.
The ETHOS device integrates SDH/SONET framers and pointer processors, PDH mappers, expansion interfaces, a cross-connect and G.813 SEC / GR-1244 Stratum-3 network element timing function. The device's integrated, glueless interfaces to hot pluggable SFP modules can reduce overall system cost and power consumption, says the company. Supporting VCAT and LCAS as well as GFP, LAPS, and PPP mapping, the device is suited for compact customer premises access equipment applications for next-generation, carrier-class optical networking.