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100G Packet-Optical Chips Drive OTN Deployment

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BOSTON -- Packet-optical transport is used in the core of the network providing a highly reliable long distance connection, and telecom equipment vendors will choose to work with vendors that can show market leading performance and integration at 10 Gbit/s, 40 Gbit/s and 100 Gbit/s, with a clear roadmap to 400G within one to two years, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Components Insider (, a paid research service of Heavy Reading (

100G Packet-Optical Chips Drive OTN Deployment details and analyzes integrated packet-optical devices and OTN framer/mapper devices and technologies, identifying the key requirements and the highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers. It also surveys component availability, reviewing features, performance and flexibility. The report covers more than 50 devices and profiles nine vendors in this important market.

For a complete list of companies covered in this report, click here.

"Packet-optical transport is now widely used by carriers across their networks," says Simon Stanley, research analyst for Heavy Reading Components Insider and author of the report. "It brings the advantages of Sonet/SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy), dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and packet-based networks, delivering a scalable and resilient transport infrastructure."

Semiconductor components are key to the continued success packet-optical transport networks, Stanley says. "Vendors have developed highly integrated system on chip (SoC) solutions at 10 Gbit/s, 40 Gbit/s and now 100 Gbit/s, supporting a complex mix of interfaces, functionality and performance," he adds. "Using these solutions, telecom equipment manufacturers can develop highly integrated reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADM), P-OTP and micro OTP (µ-OTP) systems that address carriers' requirements."

Key findings of 100G Packet-Optical Chips Drive OTN Deployment include the following:

  • 100G Packet-optical chips and lower speed derivatives are enabling a new class of packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTP)
  • Highly integrated SoC devices for 10/20G, 40/60G and 100G integrate flexible I/O, OTN framer/mapper, enhanced FECs and TDM/packet switching
  • Flexible mapping with ODUflex, ODU0/1/2/3/4 enabling packet-optical transport systems from the core to the edge
  • 400G capable FPGAs available with 16x 28Gbit/s SerDes and more planned for the next generation
  • SDN and 400G ODU5 support already in development plans for system and silicon vendors
  • Next-gen 28nm ASSPs in development by multiple vendors to support 100G CFP2 and 400G applications

    100G Packet-Optical Chips Drive OTN Deployment is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (6 issues per year) to Heavy Reading Components Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900 (single-user license).

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