RA'ANANA, Israel -- Novanet Semiconductor Ltd., a networking-chip startup here, today brought out its first product, a single-chip quad-channel Physical Layer (PHY) IC that processes data streams at 155.52 megabits per second.
Aimed at the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Packet over Sonet/SDH (POS) applications, the highly integrated NOV2124 is manufacturedin 0.35-micron CMOS technology. The 3.3-volt device features 5-V tolerant inputs.
The NOV2124provides a Line Interface Unit (LIU), Sonet framer, ATM and POS processing units, a Utopia Level 2 Interface for ATM applications and a POS-PHY Interface for Packet Over SONET applications.
"The NOV2124 is first in a line of ATM and POS products that Novanet will
introduce in the coming months," said Elkana Ben Sinai, vice president of marketing and sales for Novanet. "Market research confirms that the demand for ATM products continues to increase as a result of a growing need for Internet services and new high bandwidth access technologies such as ADSL and cable. With the NOV2124, Novanet is positioned to respond to these demands."
The device supports comprehensive Sonet/SDH alarm capabilities, as well as the capture and insertion of Sonet/SDH overhead bytes, including two
dedicated serial ports for insertion/extraction of the DCC overhead bytes
(D1-D12). Additional features include a dedicated mechanism for enhanced
bit error rate (BER) monitoring.
Target applications include ATM switches, access muxes and mobile
infrastructure connectivity units. The NOV2124 is compliant with Sonet/SDH,
ATM Forum User Network Interface Standard, and Point-to-Point Protocol
(PPP) over Sonet/SDH. In addition, the chip provides boundary-scan support according to IEEE 1149.1 specifications.
The NOV2124 is currently sampling in a 256-pin BGA. Unit pricing is $70 in quantities of 2,500.