PMC is first to market with symmetric end-to-end 10G-EPON SoCs

March 08, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
PMC-Sierra, Inc., has introduced an end-to-end symmetric 10G-EPON fibre access System-on-Chip (SoC) solution. PMC's highly integrated PAS9000 Optical Networking Unit (ONU) and PAS8000 Optical Line Terminal (OLT) SoCs are the industry's first to support 10Gb/s downstream and 10Gb/s upstream access connectivity. The performance and feature integration enables carriers to provide advanced triple-play video on demand, high-speed Internet access and Voice-over-IP services to residential and business customers.

Transitioning from EPON to 10G-EPON allows carriers to connect up to 10 times more subscribers per Optical Distribution Network (ODN), reducing OPEX and CAPEX per subscriber. PMC’s 10G-EPON solutions are interoperable with deployed EPON equipment, allowing carriers to gradually upgrade their networks and deploy 10G-EPON ONUs alongside EPON ONUs.

PMC’s ONU devices feature the industry’s most advanced integration to reduce system cost and power. Integrated synchronization functions enable backhauling of mobile networks over 10G-EPON, eliminating the need for external circuitry. Integrated power-saving modes reduce ONU power consumption by more than 50 percent, enabling energy-efficient networks.

“Carriers continue to seek ways to meet the demand for enhanced triple-play services and increased bandwidth, and 10G-EPON provides the answer with high reliability and low operational expenses,” said Ofer Bar-Or, vice president and general manager of PMC’s Fibre to the Home Division. “As the market segment leader, PMC is paving the way for higher bandwidth networks at low power and high QoS. Our highly integrated SoCs allow easy migration from EPON and GPON to 10G-EPON.”

The 10G-EPON solution complies with IEEE 802.3av and China carrier specifications and is targeted at Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH), Fibre-To-The-Curb (FTTC) and Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) applications. All devices feature PMC’s field-proven GigaPASS architecture that achieves up to 10 gigabit data rates, and is already deployed in more than 20 million PON devices worldwide.

“10G-EPON provides one of the most cost-effective methods for service providers to deliver enough bandwidth across their access networks to support ever-increasing consumer demand for bandwidth-intensive devices like smart phones and tablets,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research. “Features like EPON and 10G-EPON interoperability and the availability of symmetric and asymmetric modes make EPON the most flexible and scalable fibre access option.”

The PAS9000 family includes the PAS9301 asymmetric ONU and the PAS9401 asymmetric and symmetric ONU. The devices include a 10G-EPON MAC, SERDES, powerful embedded controller and GigaPASS bridge for advanced