Lightstorm Networks Introduces Family of Low Cost and Low Power Carrier Ethernet Switches Designed for Access Market
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Lightstorm Networks Introduces Family of Low Cost and Low Power Carrier Ethernet Switches Designed for Access Market

WALTHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 24, 2008— Lightstorm Networks, enabling next-generation packet network services with carrier-grade Ethernet silicon, today announced the launch of the Brooklyn-XLA family of access switches. This family of carrier Ethernet switches, equipped with an integrated traffic manager, leverages IP from the industry’s first purpose-built carrier Ethernet switch, the Brooklyn-10, and extends features to address Ethernet access platforms in the wireless backhaul, network termination and service demarcation space. Built with today’s economic and environmental needs in mind, the Brooklyn-XLA family is delivered with a reasonable price point and significant power efficiency.

“With the massive increases in network capacity and bandwidth that will be required to meet the performance needed by applications such as video streaming, VPN, telepresence, mobile broadband and storage extension, enterprises and service providers are looking to Ethernet technologies for solutions,” said Glen Hunt, Principal Analyst at Current Analysis. “In addition to capacity and scale issues, service providers need to drastically reduce their costs to deploy these new services, and products such as the Brooklyn-XLA offer a standards-based Ethernet solution that can be quickly leveraged by equipment vendors to deliver the next generation of products that cost effectively meets the challenges of mobile and fixed line services.”

In order to minimize capital expenditures and operating costs, service providers are always searching for ways to simplify their networks. Today, targeted platforms require a specialized switch upstream in the network to deliver carrier Ethernet capability. Next-generation platforms using the Brooklyn-XLA will inherently support carrier Ethernet features, thereby eliminating the requirement for a specialized platform. The resulting lower capital expense and easier to manage network solution becomes very attractive to carriers wanting to deploy new applications cost effectively.

“The Brooklyn-10 was successful in distinguishing enterprise from carrier Ethernet, and it shows in our momentum. Major equipment providers, such as ZTE Corporation, see the benefits of a carrier class architecture, and they have selected the Brooklyn-10 for an upcoming IPTV application. Today we have harnessed our expertise in carrier Ethernet to provide required functionality in an ASSP that is easy to use and configure but flexible enough to support emerging standards,” said Bryan Campbell, CEO and Founder of Lightstorm Networks. “We are excited to realize traction in the access space.”

The Brooklyn-XLA family provides packet buffering, TM/QoS, timing synchronization, carrier Ethernet protocols, OAM processing, and scaling to handle the MAC explosion currently occurring in provider networks. The result is a product family that enables the access market to deliver superior connectivity to end users.


Lightstorm’s Brooklyn-XLA family includes the following two products, each targeting different port and functionality requirements:

The Brooklyn-XLA devices offer a wide variety of advanced features that are required for deployments in next-generation access networks. The key features include:

The Brooklyn-XLA is complemented by a robust carrier Ethernet software suite based on the proven carrier Ethernet API of the Brooklyn-10. It includes development tools for rapid device configuration, statistics monitoring, and packet viewing. To aid in an OEM’s time to market, a complete hardware development environment is also available.

Pricing and Availability

The Brooklyn-XLA is sampling in March, 2009. Pricing is available upon request.

About Lightstorm Networks

Founded by seasoned systems, software and semiconductor executives, Lightstorm Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor solutions enabling high-performance carrier‐grade Ethernet networks. We design, develop and supply complete semiconductor solutions as well as provide hardware and software subsystems. Lightstorm relies on the vast experience of its world‐class design team to provide top‐quality silicon products to our telecommunications partners. We have an unrivalled wealth of experience in developing networking semiconductor products that are both leading edge and first to market. Our inclusion in international standards bodies and our ability to leverage emerging technologies ensures our products can enable next-generation carrier Ethernet services. For more information please visit


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