Allentown, Pa. - Agere Systems Inc. is offering the Mars (Multi-Application and Rate Solutions) family of multirate, multiprotocol network framer line card chips for metropolitan and access networks.
The family includes eight optical transport chips supporting multichannel configurations for 622-Mbit/second, 2.5-Gbit/s, 5-Gbit/s or 10-Gbit/s total aggregate throughput per device. Six additional optical data transport devices support multichannel configurations with 2.5-Gbit/s aggregate throughput that can enable next-generation billable data services such as Gigabit Ethernet over Sonet/SDH (Geos).
The Mars framer chips support transparent multiplexing, which is equivalent to virtual private networks across multicarrier systems. The chips' level of integration can help system vendors cut development time, costs and equipment size, conserving space in service providers' central offices while improving network functionality and performance, Agere said.
In addition to supporting multichannel and multirate solutions, the devices are said to provide full path management with built-in automatic protection switching support. Those features improve reliability and redundancy, and allow service providers to offer quality-of-service (QoS) service-level agreements more efficiently.
The company's chips are expected to sample in November; production is planned for February. In sample quantities, chips in the OC-3 to OC-12 range will be priced from $75 to $125 per port, OC-48 chips from $250 to $500 per port and OC-192 chips from $850 to $900 per port.
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