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Chip Makers Gear Up for Packet-Optical Deployments
Packet-optical transport brings the advantages of Sonet/SDH, DWDM, and packet-based networks, delivering a scalable and resilient transport infrastructure. Most carriers are expected to shift to packet-optical transport over the next five years. Packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTP) will also be widely used in mobile backhaul applications, a key investment area for carriers driving LTE-based 4G services.

Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of packet-optical transport networks. There is pressure on semiconductor vendors to introduce highly integrated devices supporting a complex mix of interfaces, functionality, and performance. To meet these challenges, vendors must develop flexible and highly integrated devices that meet the performance criteria and deliver cost-effective and power-efficient solutions. Using these devices, telecom equipment manufacturers can develop highly integrated reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADM), P-OTP, and micro OTP (-OTP) systems that address carriers' requirements.

Packet-optical transport is a key focus for telecom equipment providers and carriers alike. Highly integrated semiconductor devices are needed to deliver the benefits expected by carriers. Five leading telecom semiconductor vendors are making significant investments in this market.

All the leading vendors are already working on a highly integrated ODU4 100-Gbit/s solutions. Time to market, flexibility, and integration will be key parameters as telecom equipment providers choose their next-generation packet-optical transport technology. The winners will be those that can show market-leading performance and integration for 10-Gbit/s and 40-Gbit/s devices today and a clear roadmap for 100-Gbit/s devices within one to two years

Chip Makers Gear Up for Packet-Optical Deployments details and analyzes integrated packet-optical devices and OTN framer/mapper devices and technologies, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers. It also surveys component availability, reviewing features, performance, and flexibility. The report covers more than 30 devices and profiles 12 vendors in this important market.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (cci0910toc.pdf)
OTN framer/mapper devices and integrated packet-optical transport devices are used in several packet-optical transport systems. The following excerpt shows a P-OTP with a central OTN, Sonet/SDH, and packet fabric switch. Optical line cards connect the system to the optical transport network. Transponder, muxponder, and client cards connect the system to high rate and low rate OTN, Ethernet, Sonet/SDH, and Fibre Channel networks. These systems contain multiple OTN framer/mapper or integrated packet-optical transport devices. OTN framer/mapper devices can also be used to build regenerators and aggregation systems.
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Companies profiled in this report include: Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR); Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC); Avalon Microelectronics Inc.; Cortina Systems Inc.; Exar Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAR); IP Light Ltd.; PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS); Sembarc Ltd.; TPack A/S; Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: VTSS); Xelic Inc.; and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX).
Total pages: 18
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