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PMC-Sierra, Entropic push Ethernet over Coax

Posted: 05 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fibre cable  FTTH  broadband  Ethernet 

PMC-Sierra Inc. and Entropic Communications Inc. are collaborating to develop a cost-effective solution for delivering >100Mbps broadband connectivity to multiple service operator (MSO) fibre deployments. PMC-Sierra is an Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, while Entropic provides silicon and software solutions that enable connected home entertainment networking.

As the demand for greater bandwidth grows, cable operators are evaluating the advantages of using PON technologies as an efficient method of driving fibre deeper into their networks. By combining PMC-Sierra's high-speed standard-compliant EPON and 10G EPON solutions and Entropic's Access solution, MSOs will be able to cost-effectively extend the reach of their networks while using the existing coax infrastructure to deliver high-speed connectivity to single-family homes and multiple-dwelling units.

The partnership leverages Entropic's Access technology deployed in emerging and rapidly growing Ethernet over Coax (EoC) markets worldwide, which enables high-performance bidirectional communication over coax for MSOs. The joint demonstration will showcase Entropic's EoC combined with PMC-Sierra's highly scalable PON solutions, featuring a seamless fibre to coax solution using PMC-Sierra's PAS8011 10G EPON OLT, which serves up to 32 ONUs and terminates to Entropic's Access network controller, which supports up to 63 homes with >100Mbps of aggregate throughput over the existing coaxial network. In addition, the demonstration will show the full network management capabilities of Entropic's Access and PMC-Sierra's MSO management software suite.

"Our Broadband Access solution offers a unique and cost-effective way to extend the reach of existing fibre over coax cable," said Vinay Gokhale, senior VP, marketing and business development, Entropic. "By working with partners such as PMC-Sierra, we are able to further our mission to bring high-speed access and connected home entertainment networking solutions to the worldwide market."

"We continue to strengthen our position as the dominant FTTH silicon solution provider addressing the EPON, GPON, 10G EPON and 10G GPON markets, and we are working with partners like Entropic to bring this expertise to the MSO space," said Raphael Sankar, VP and co-general manager of PMC-Sierra's FTTH division. "This demonstration, along with our MSO management software suite, shows our commitment to this growing market."

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