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Ikanos vectored VDSL chip ready for action

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 2:04pm
Brian Santo

Ikanos Communications said it has completed OEM and carrier lab trials, and has notched its first design win, for its Velocity-3 NodeScale Vectoring VDSL chipset.

Vectored VDSL was designed to accelerate transmission rates, as a means for DSL providers to keep pace with cable operators who have been improving DOCSIS technology for the same reason. While several MSOs have DOCSIS-based services in the 100 Mbps range available, the tier is frequently expensive and uptake by customers has been low. That keeps the door open for faster DSL.

Ikanos’ central office reference platform based on the Velocity-3 chipset has demonstrated the ability to deliver data rates of up to 110 Mbps up on loops up to about 1,500 feet, across all its 192 ports.

This reference platform can also be configured as a 2 x 192 design in a single, integrated system providing 384 ports offering sustained 110Mbps data rates on each port, Ikanos said. The chipset requires no external FPGAs or processors, greatly simplifying integration with other system components, lowering overall system cost, reducing power, reducing footprint, and lowering deployment costs.

The Velocity-3 vectoring chipset for both line cards and vectoring cards provides the first broadband architecture capable of ensuring SLA-backed broadband services at 110Mbps and above – or 200Mbps and above for a bonded VDSL pair, the company claimed.

While lowering the costs of provisioning high-bandwidth service and applications, the chipset also reduces the cost and complexity of deployment, the company said.  

Velocity-3 chipsets are now available for lab testing, enabling telcos to chart a shorter time-to-market for integrated, VDSL-based, central office plus home gateway solutions, Ikanos said.

The company did not identify its OEM customer.

“We’re excited about demonstrating proven performance that keeps VDSL in the vanguard of broadband technologies,” said Omid Tahernia, president and CEO of Ikanos.  “The 2x192 design that we announced today delivers proof that broadband service providers can scale their operations to accommodate the huge pent-up demand for bandwidth that is a challenge for all service providers.”

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