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GPON products enable FTTH, FTTN

Posted: 04 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPON  MoCA standard  Fibre-to-the-Home  FTTH  network 

Broadcom Corp. has unveiled its first product offerings in the GPON market with a scalable family of products range from gigabit bridges to fully integrated access device capabilities.

The company's GPON portfolio leverages its processor, switch and PHY IP cores, in conjunction with the widely-deployed Linux and VoIP software suite, enabling Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) solutions. With the announcement of the products, Broadcom further completes its carrier access portfolio delivering highly integrated solutions for ADSL, VDSL and now GPON technologies.

The GPON solutions enable HD video, VoIP, high-speed Internet, gaming and higher bandwidth provisional services such as video-on-demand and rapid download of IP video content. FTTH and FTTN solutions can deliver much faster broadband speeds to the end-user than is possible over the existing copper access network allowing service providers to offer advanced triple play services.

The GPON gateway processors are designed to facilitate the realisation of more cost effective optical network terminals or optical network units used in conjunction with service provider passive optical networks (PONs). The product family provides unparalleled levels of integration using Broadcom's high-performance, 400MHz dual core processor architecture, hardware-assisted gigabit bridging and routing, hardware-assisted IPsec security for virtual private network termination, gigabit switch and PHYs, VoIP, support for USB 2.0 host and devices, and support for Broadcom's latest WLAN devices utilising PCIe. The BCM6800 family includes TR-069 and OMCI management software.

MoCA support
Another unique capability in Broadcom's GPON portfolio is the integration of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard which has already received MoCA 1.1 Certification from the MoCA Certification Board. The solution in the BCM6800 portfolio integrates a MoCA MAC, PHY transceiver and RF tuner which enable service providers using GPON technology to easily and cost-effectively transform a subscriber's existing coax network into a home media distribution gateway. As a result, service providers that use coax for media distribution within the home can offer whole-home digital media services that allow subscribers to securely access, store and share multiple types of digital media content including HDTV programmes, video-on-demand, DVR recordings, Internet content and VoIP.

Each solution within the BCM6800 product family leverages Broadcom's success in xDSL gateway chips and residential gateway software development and is designed in a 65nm CMOS process that provides high integration, low power consumption, and small footprint size. Telecommunications carrier and OEM customers are able to preserve their software investment across multiple access technologies by leveraging Broadcom's field proven networking, management, Kernel, and VoIP software architectures used on all Broadcom ADSL, VDSL and PON subscriber products.

"Our entry into the GPON market complements our carrier access portfolio of highly integrated, versatile single-chip solutions for next generation broadband services by enabling gigabit networks and extending performance, cost and manageability of subscriber equipment," said Greg Fischer, VP and general manager of carrier access business of Broadcom. "Our presence and commitment to the carrier market are well established with leadership in DSL, Ethernet and WLAN products. The global GPON standard provides next generation FTTH and FTTN opportunities and we look forward to extending our leading access technologies and investments in this area."

The Broadcom BCM6800 family of GPON devices is now shipping to early access customers. Pricing is available upon request.





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