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Conexant expands its fiber optic access semiconductor portfolio

Semiconductor manufacturer Conexant Systems Inc. today released a new line of system-on-chip (SoC) controllers for ...


March 29, 2006  


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Semiconductor manufacturer Conexant Systems Inc. today released a new line of system-on-chip (SoC) controllers for passive optical networks (PON).

The CX9520X “Xenon II” family of controllers is designed for optical network units (ONUs) on the client-side of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), multi-dwelling-unit (MDU) and fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) EPON/GE-PON applications.

PON is used by service providers to provide a high-speed “last mile” connection from the central office (CO) to homes and businesses over a fiber optic cable, and enables the cost-effective delivery of triple-play voice, video and data services.

Support for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), as well as IP multicasting is included to facilitate real-time IP voice and video applications.

“Fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, which makes them ideal for delivering voice, video and data traffic,” said Akram Atallah, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant’s Broadband Access business unit.

“Demand for triple-play services is growing, but a lower price point on the client-side is necessary to drive widespread deployment.”

Ian Eigenbrod, senior research analyst with research and consulting firm IDC, said network operators worldwide are looking to quickly scale PON installations to facilitate the transition from simple data-only to advanced triple-play voice, video and data services.

“However, both PON infrastructure and equipment costs remain an obstacle to greater deployments,” he added.

“Highly integrated silicon solutions with advanced QoS features will be key to providing the combination of lower system costs and improved performance needed to accelerate market growth.”