Qualcomm Atheros announces power Ethernet passive optical network chip

 

Qualcomm
Atheros, the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced the
QCA8829, an ultra-low power 1G Ethernet passive optical networking chip
solution, optimized to enable next-generation optical broadband access to homes
and businesses.  

 

The
QCA8829
is a first-of-its-kind chip that will help to advance the development of fiber
to the home (FTTH) by supporting multiple standards, including those supporting
cable operators’ optical broadband in North America,
provisioning for smart grid applications over PON in China,
and EPON infrastructures in markets worldwide.

 

Standards
supported by this chip solution include the North American Data Over Cable
Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) Provisioning of Ethernet (DPoE) 1.0
specification, IEEE 802.3ah EPON specification, the China State Grid EPON
specification, and the China Telecom (CTC) EPON specification.  The chip
solution is specifically tailored to meet the evolving needs of telecom carriers,
cable operators and utility providers.

 

The
QCA8829 is an exciting next step for Qualcomm Atheros in providing
groundbreaking access technology,” said Zheng Liu,
vice president and general manager, access business unit, Qualcomm Atheros.

 

“Qualcomm
Atheros is providing a simplified system design that provides low energy
consumption and cost while outperforming comparable devices.  Combining
these attributes with support for four major industry standards will help our
customers develop PON products quickly and affordably to support access
services worldwide,” Liu added.

 

Qualcomm Atheros‘ high-performance
technologies address the increasing bandwidth requirements of delivering
multimedia and IPTV content to homes and enterprises.  With Gigabit-speed
EPON solutions, service providers can deploy next-generation FTTH broadband
access with optical line terminals (OLTs) for networking from the central
office, and full-featured optical network unit (ONU) system-on-chips for
implementation in home/premises gateways.

 

The
QCA8829 offers simplicity and a low system cost for new applications.
With power consumption of less than 200mW for grid applications with
Gigabit Ethernet (GE) PHY sleep mode enabled and
less than 600mW when running full 1 Gbps throughput with GE
PHY
enabled, customers will be able to create new low power designs and
deliver superior performance.  

 

The
76-pin package size fits into a small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical
module, simplifying system design for plug-and-play connection with an Ethernet
switch or IP router.  By reducing device costs and increasing network
performance, Qualcomm Atheros is helping to reduce both capital and operational
expenditures for customers.

 

By
TelecomLead.com Team
[email protected]

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