Agere Systems Extends Industry-Leading Portfolio of Framer Chips With World's First Multi-Rate, Multi-Application Solution for High-Speed Optical Access And Metro Networks
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Agere Systems Extends Industry-Leading Portfolio of Framer Chips With World's First Multi-Rate, Multi-Application Solution for High-Speed Optical Access And Metro Networks

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agere Systems Inc. (NYSE: AGR.A, AGR.B) today introduced the first in a new family of second-generation integrated circuits (ICs) for SONET/SDH framing applications in high-speed access and metropolitan optical networks that offers the lowest cost and power per port among competitive devices.

Agere's TSOT1610G is the first multi-rate, multi-channel framer IC that fully supports 16 channels of OC-3/STM-1, 16 channels of OC-12/STM-4, four channels of OC-48/STM-16 or a single OC-192/STM-64. In addition to supporting all traditional SONET/SDH overhead processing and termination functions, the device breaks new ground in supporting a rich set of new features that help service providers (SPs) offer additional revenue-generating services such as transparent multiplexing. In addition, the level of integration achieved by the TSOT1610G will help system vendors dramatically cut development time, costs and equipment size, conserving precious space in SPs' central offices. Samples are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year, with volume production expected in the first quarter of 2003.

    Addresses multi-service switching platforms, add-drop multiplexers and
     digital cross-connects with one comprehensive device

Today's networks are a hybrid of old and new technologies, requiring systems and components that seamlessly connect disparate networks. Higher levels of integration in components which can be used in a variety of applications and line cards gives systems vendors the ability to greatly simplify their hardware and software development efforts through reuse, easily upgrade existing systems to increase port density, and lower overall system costs and component inventory.

"With the growth in metropolitan area network (MAN) applications, system makers are increasingly looking for integrated components that can reduce costs and manage SONET/SDH traffic effectively at multiple data rates," said Allan Armstrong, director of optical transport semiconductors with RHK. "By employing a single framer solution like the TSOT1610G across multiple line cards, OEMs can significantly reduce their software and hardware development time," Armstrong said.

"Agere has unique expertise in highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for multi-service networks," said Mark Granahan, vice president, Agere's optical access and transport division. "Agere's communications expertise, coupled with its broad portfolio of more than 6,000 communications and technology patents and complete offering of multi-protocol networking ICs, allows us to offer the most flexible and scalable solutions in the market."

    Single integrated IC addresses multiple high-density line card

With the increase in demand for network access services, MANs have become a traffic bottleneck. MAN applications typically require a high level of aggregation, requiring multiplexing of voice, data, and video signals from lower to higher rates.

Based on advanced CMOS-based IC technologies, Agere's TSOT1610G framer/pointer processor device can aggregate multiple data rate signals and perform several essential optical link traffic management functions simultaneously. For the first time, one application-specific standard product (ASSP) can be used to multiplex 16 channels of OC-12, 16 channels of OC-3 or four channels of OC-48 into a single,10 Gbits/s stream, and make the reverse conversion as well. The TSOT1610G functions as a complete, single-chip standalone solution for a multitude of line card applications configured for OC-192, 4 x OC-48, 16 x OC-12 and 16 x OC-3.

The TSOT1610G also features built-in bi-directional 10 Gbits/s grooming switches, dual 4 x 2.5 Gbits/s and dual 16 x 622 megabits-per-second (Mbits/s) backplane interfaces, a secondary SFI-4 optics interface, and extremely flexible transport overhead (TOH) transparency. The TOH function enables equipment vendors to build metro dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) products that cost-effectively address the problem of fiber exhaust. In addition, the TSOT1610G supports specific features required for the SDH market such as tandem connection monitoring, B1 and B3 block error monitoring, SS-bit provisioning and SS-bit overwriting (for SONET/SDH bridge applications).

Unparalleled flexibility and low power for optimal network management

Agere's TSOT features two built-in hitless time-slot interchange (TSI) switches equipped with two sets of work and protect connection memory maps. The TSOT1610G can be easily used in 1+1 linear protection, UPSR or BLSR ring applications. It also connects seamlessly to Agere's extensive portfolio of transport products and provides industry standard interfaces to other products -- such as high-speed transponders, transceivers, forward-error correction (FEC) devices, cross connect devices and lower rate framers -- further simplifying system design and reducing development costs for customers.

Comprehensive software, applications and collateral support

The TSOT1610G is supported by a comprehensive suite of software tools for specific customer applications, including drivers, an application program interface (API), product brief, data sheet and application notes for various operating modes. The TSOT1610G is also software and plug- compatible with the Agere family of communications and networking ICs, so scalability and migration are seamless for customers. The new framer also complements Agere's existing gigabit Ethernet (GbE) product lines.

Aggressive pricing and complete application solutions

Agere anticipates that it will be able to price the TSOT1610G to competitively address all applications from 16 x OC-3 through 1 x OC-192. Agere also offers full line card applications support, with a complete portfolio of products from physical layer to fabric and system timing functions. Contact your regional Agere sales office for more details.

For more information, customers may visit Agere's Web site at or contact one of Agere's regional sales offices. Customers in the U.S. may also call the Agere Systems Customer Response Center at 1-800-372-2447 and ask for Dept. A52. Customers in Canada may call 1-800-553-2448. Customers outside those countries may call +1-610-712-4323. Fax inquiries may be directed to +1 610 712 4106, or email queries to Email Contact. Written inquiries should be sent to Agere Systems, Room 10A-301C, 1110 American Parkway NE, Lehigh Valley Central Campus, Allentown, Pa. 18109, USA.

Agere Systems is a premier provider of advanced integrated circuit (IC) solutions that access, move and store network information. Agere's IC solutions form the building blocks for a broad range of communications and computing applications. The company is the leader in providing storage solutions for hard disk drives with its read-channel chips, preamplifiers and system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, and the No. 2 provider of Wi-Fi solutions for wireless LAN applications. For network equipment providers, Agere is a leading supplier of ICs for wired communications, network switching and access, and ATM and SONET/SDH solutions. In addition, Agere is the No. 2 supplier of application-specific ICs (ASICs) for communications applications. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at

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This release contains forward-looking statements based on information available to Agere as of the date hereof. Agere's actual results could differ materially from the results stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, customer demand for our products and services, control of costs and expenses, timely completion of employment reductions and other restructuring and consolidation activities, price and product competition, keeping pace with technological change, dependence on new product development, reliance on major customers and suppliers, availability of manufacturing capacity, components and materials, general industry and market conditions and general domestic and international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2001, and report on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2002. Agere disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Agere Systems Inc.