22 March 2010


FiberHome, BroadLight, and Oplink join Vitesse’s FTTx Ecosystem

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp of Camarillo, CA, USA, which designs and develops high-performance ICs for carrier and enterprise networks, says that FiberHome Technologies of Wuhan, Hubei, China, Oplink Communications Inc of Fremont, CA, and BroadLight of Santa Clara, CA have joined its FTTx (Fiber-to-the-Home, Building or Premise) Technology Ecosystem, which is an industry forum for companies across the entire passive optical network (PON) hardware spectrum to accelerate deployment of next-generation 10G-PON FTTx platforms.

The new members join existing members including Anritsu, CyOptics, Emcore, ETRI, Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies, Huawei, NEC Electronics, NeoPhotonics, Opulan, Source Photonics, ZTE, and Vitesse.

Over the past year, Vitesse and FTTx Ecosystem members have progressed 10G-EPON deployments, as evidenced by 10G-EPON field and lab trials worldwide (including China Telecom and China Mobile, NTT in Japan, KT in Korea, France Telecom in Europe, and Verizon and Time Warner in North America). In the case of China Mobile, Vitesse and ZTE published a technical case study describing the challenges and solutions necessary for successful 10G-EPON deployments.

“Because of the fast-growing GPON and EPON segments, the PON market grew rapidly during 2009, with port shipments up roughly 30–50% year-over-year,” says Jeff Heynen, directing analyst, broadband and video, Infonetics Research. “The overall PON market is forecast to continue to grow rapidly for the next several years, as the shift from copper- to fiber-based broadband access drives growth,” he adds. “As for next-generation PON technologies, there are already many 10G-EPON field trials underway, and we expect 10G-GPON (XG-PON) trials will heat up later this year. Vitesse is one of the leading IC vendors in this space, and its FTTx Technology Ecosystem effort will help drive activities in this space.”

Network equipment maker FiberHome develops and deploys EPON networks for worldwide carriers. “We have worked closely with Vitesse for carrier Ethernet chipsets on many of our platforms over the years,” says vice president Zhuang Yang.

Through its acquisition of Optical Communication Products Inc (OCP) in 2007, optical network component, transceiver module and subsystem maker Oplink provides wide-scale EPON deployment. “We are working closely with companies such as Vitesse, as well as customers, at the development of next-generation PON module solutions to serve this rapidly growing market,” says Dr Rang-Chen (Ryan) Yu, Oplink’s VP of business development.

Fabless semiconductor firm BroadLight’s devices and software deliver most of the world’s BPON and GPON chipset solutions. “As the first company to successfully sample a GPON SoC [system-on-chip], BroadLight is taking the lead in a rapidly growing market that is predicted to be the largest PON growth segment in the next few years,” says Didi Ivancovsky, founder & VP, marketing. “Our flagship GPON and XGPON system on chips combining with Vitesse market leading fiber- and copper-based physical-layer devices will enable ITU-T PON equipment vendors across the globe to rapidly deliver GPON and XGPON solution and services,” he adds.

“We are pleased to announce another round of the FTTx Technology Ecosystem expansion with three important market leaders,” comments Vitesse product marketing manager Gary Paules. “Vitesse is committed to driving the deployment of next-generation PON deployments worldwide by coordinating close working relationships.”

At this week’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2010) in San Diego, CA, USA (23–25 March), Vitesse is demonstrating an XG-PON1 link (10G downstream, 2.5G upstream). This will feature the firm’s expanded PON portfolio, including laser drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, limiting amplifiers and SerDes products in continuous- and burst-mode configurations for use in optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU) applications.

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