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February 1, 2010

Marvell launches new GPON, EPON products

Claims to deliver 20 times the internet bandwidth of copper-based networking offerings

By CBR Staff Writer

Marvell, a provider of integrated silicon offerings, has released its first member of the Avanta family of broadband optical access offerings for gigabit passive optical networks (GPON), ethernet passive optical networks (EPON) and 10 gigabit EPON.

The first members of the Avanta family are single-chip for Single-Family-Unit (SFU) devices, with integration, performance and a reduced energy footprint, providing optimal offerings for deployment of video-centric and interactive internet. The new offerings deliver up to 20 times the bandwidth of traditional copper-based networking solutions, the company claims.

According to Marvell, the Avanta 88F6510 features a high level of integration, including a gigahertz class CPU, dual-mode PON MAC, Line-rate IPv6-capable programmable packet processor, Voice-over-IP, ethernet switch and ethernet PHYs.

The Avanta series is introducing multiple low-power techniques in the PON space – ranging from dynamic CPU speed throttling, sleep mode, DDR3-SDRAM and IEEE energy-efficient-ethernet (EEE) draft-compliance, the company said.

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The company said that the platform supports tens of 3D HD interactive video streams and a line-rate packet processor with hardware multicasting. It also supports the IEEE audio-video-bridging draft specifications. In addition, the integrated programmable packet processor supports IPv6 and future-proofs the platform for emerging protocols like DOCSIS over PON.

Simon Milner, general manager of EBU, said: Marvell’s open software eco-system, exceptional levels of performance, high-integration and low-power solutions solve the challenges for service providers who are driving optical broadband. Marvell has solved all of these challenges by offering a dual-mode device with a gigahertz-class CPU running all open-source software, and its plugcomputer.org eco-system.

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