Larscom debuts new multiplexer product

June 6, 2001
June 6, 2001--Larscom Incorporated introduced the Orion 5000, an optical access M13 multiplexer designed to provide fully redundant, high density multiplexing.

Larscom Incorporated (Nasdaq: LARS) introduced the Orion 5000, an optical access M13 multiplexer designed to provide fully redundant, high density multiplexing. The company showcased the Orion 5000 at its booth (#5416) at SuperComm 2001 in Atlanta.

Designed for robust operation, the Orion 5000 can accommodate up to seven fully redundant M13 multiplexers in a single chassis providing a total capacity equivalent to 196 T1s. According to the company, this represents the highest density available on the market in a single 2RU 23-inch unit. When configured for high-density application in a rack (in accordance with a 700 watt maximum dissipation specification), the Orion 5000 can provide 46 redundant M13 multiplexers in a single rack.

Geared to current evolving network infrastructures, the Orion 5000 provides a field programmable solution for multiplexing T1 traffic into either SONET-compatible STS-1 or TDM-based DS3. Each of its seven M13 multiplexer modules can be programmed to carry either STS-1 or DS3 traffic allowing for a customizable deployment. OC3/STM-1 multiplexing modules are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2001.

Built to satisfy stringent carrier-class requirements, the Orion 5000 achieves maximum protection from failure through 1:1 redundancy of multiplexer modules. Integrated testing tools, frame monitoring, and alarms enable easy management. Low power consumption (14 watts per redundant mux), NEBS level 3 certification and a small footprint make the Orion 5000 ideal for collocation and carrier applications.

In addition, the Orion 5000 works in conjunction with the Larscom 4800, introduced by the company in January. The Larscom 4800 is an optical add/drop multiplexer that extends carrier-class backbones to the network's edge in a small footprint.

Aimed at service providers and enterprises wanting to aggregate multiple services, such as voice, data and video, the Larscom 4800 provides high-capacity broadband access onto a SONET or SDH transport backbone. Its software-defined processing backplane allows the Larscom 4800 to terminate multiple optical streams, giving it scalability and flexibility to meet growing bandwidth and access demands. The Larscom 4800 also addresses the enterprise's requirement for multiple carrier access to a corporate facility.

About Larscom:

Larscom Incorporated develops, manufactures, and markets high-speed wide area network (WAN) and Internet access equipment. For more information, visit

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