Fulcrum Microsystems Debuts 2.5/10G Ethernet Switches for Multi-Port GPON Line Cards; FocalPoint Switches Aimed at 4- and 8-Port OLT Cards; Offer Improved Throughput and Lower Cost.
CALABASAS, Calif. -- Fulcrum fulcrum: see lever. Microsystems today announced an expansion of its FocalPoint Ethernet switch A device that connects clients and servers to each other in an Ethernet network. See switched Ethernet. device family with the industry's first Ethernet switch chips targeted at the coming wave of multi-port optical line termination An optical line termination (OLT), also called an optical line terminal, is the service provider endpoint of a passive optical network and is placed at the central office or head end in systems such as Verizon's FIOS network. (OLT) cards for Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON See PON. ) equipment.
With the success of GPON network implementations, equipment manufacturers are migrating from single-port, first-generation OLT cards to multi-port cards that provide higher user density and lower cost. To accommodate this transition and in order to handle the increased density without sacrificing performance, switching must be embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. into the line-card.
Fulcrum has responded to this trend with the FocalPoint FM2103 and FM2104 switches, both of which offer full line-rate performance. The FM2103 is configured for four-port OLT cards with four 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports for access connections and two 10-Gigabit Ethernet XAUI XAUI 10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface
XAUI Extended Auxiliary Unit Interface
XAUI XSBI Attachment Unit Interface (IEEE 802.3ae)
XAUI Ten Gbps Attachment Unit Interface ports for backbone links. The FM2104 is for eight-port OLT boards and features eight 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet ports with two 10-Gigabit Ethernet XAUI ports.
Both devices feature flexible header processing for Ethernet-to-GPON interworking (standard) interworking - Systems or components, possibly from different origins, working together to perform some task. Interworking depends crucially on standards to define the interfaces between the components. , allowing the devices to parse the GPON-specific packet header.
In a separate announcement, Fulcrum said it will work jointly with BroadLight, a leading end-to-end PON (Passive Optical Network) An optical point-to-multipoint access network. There are no optical repeaters or other active devices in a PON, hence the name "passive. components vendor, on marketing and technical initiatives that will provide an integrated GPON solution composed of FocalPoint devices alongside BroadLight controllers.
"As GPON technology has proven itself in the market, the demand is growing for higher density solutions, providing a perfect new market to benefit from the performance and cost advantages of our FocalPoint switch family," said Bud Noren, senior product manager for Fulcrum Microsystems. "The Fulcrum and BroadLight solution is perfectly complementary and is an ideal first step in building the ecosystem that will help us to be successful in this market."
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At the core of both devices are two patented Fulcrum technology blocks: Nexus(R) Terabit Crossbar and RapidArray(TM) Packet Memory. Nexus leverages Fulcrum's event-driven logic technology foundation to deliver more than a Terabit-per-second of non-blocking throughput with 3ns of fall-through latency. RapidArray combines the ultra-fast data path of the Nexus crossbar with standard foundry state bits to deliver packet memories that offer twice the throughput of commercial memories, while maintaining comparable density and yield.
Both Nexus and RapidArray are power-efficient technologies, drawing about half the power per port of competing technologies and consuming power in direct proportion to traffic load, which results in the typical power consumption of 100mW per Gbps under full load.
Both devices are immediately available for sampling.
About Fulcrum Microsystems, Inc.
Fulcrum Microsystems delivers performance-leading Ethernet switch chips for next-generation board and system designs. The company's devices change the paradigm for interconnect, offering low latency, fine-grained flow control, and high throughput which combine to simplify board design and to build in more flexibility and higher performance. More information can be found at www.fulcrummicro.com.