COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Agere Systems Inc.’s Advanced PayloadPlus 300 network processor will be used in Zhone Technologies Inc.’s next-generation line of VDSL-2 line concentrators, the two companies announced.
The design win illustrates the steady migration of the original Agere architecture, intended for core packet-analysis duties, to metro and access applications where the number of channels processed simultaneously is more important.
Mark Cieri, director of business development in Agere’s telecom division, said the APP300 does not replace 500 or 600 family processors in the Agere family, but augments the core devices with a single chip supporting 48 lines of services.
Zhone's line concentrator, intended for “triple-play” concentration of data, voice, and video services, is small enough for multitenant building applications as well as for neighborhood nodes where VDSL is deployed.
“The type of designs we’re seeing really shows how carriers are moving to high fan-out and high bandwidth in the neighborhood,” Cieri said. “We still have core packet-processing design wins, but the activity is turning to DSLAMs in the DSL world, media gateways and node B systems in wireless carriers.”