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Scintera Announces EDC

Scintera releases 10-Gigabit Electronic Dispersion Compensation Engine to production

June 8, 2005

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Scintera, Inc., a leading developer and provider of advanced signal processing semiconductor solutions for high-speed communications today announced the production availability of the SCN5028 Electronic Dispersion Compensation Engine(R) (EDCE(R)), part of the Scintera Gigabit Signal Processor(TM) (GSP(TM)) family. Scintera's cost effective, low power (<600mW) CMOS Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) solution offers service providers a compelling alternative to expensive dispersion compensation fiber (DCF) and amplification equipment, which requires expensive field engineering and servicing.

In addition, EDC will save additional costs by enabling increased data transmission rates up to 11.5Gbps and by extending connection distances to over 120km on existing singlemode fiber (SMF). The SCN5028 automatically adapts to different line conditions without a requirement for feedback from Forward Error Correction (FEC) circuits. Suitable for all module form factors from 300-pin MSA to XFP, the SCN5028 EDCE features leading edge performance from 9.9Gbps to 11.5Gbps in a small 5x5mm footprint and is compatible with a wide range of industry Serializer-Deserializers and transceivers.

This seamless compatibility allows transponder OEMs to easily provide flexible, economical, low-power, "plug & play" solutions in all form factors, that reduce cost and improve robustness when deploying 10Gbps standards over legacy optical networking infrastructures.

The expectation that the EDC will be a widespread technology solution for the 10Gb/s market is reflected by the very significant efforts within the Optical Interworking Forum (OIF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) towards developing new application codes for 10Gb/s using EDC.

This effort had active involvement of most major carriers, system and component vendors from its inception. "The availability of high-speed intelligent signal processing in CMOS technology makes it compelling to deploy EDC in optical networks to extend their reach, enhance their flexibility, bolster their robustness and, above all, improve their economic viability," said Dr. Tingye Li, a key pioneer in optical networking systems and technology, who spent over 41 years leading the lightwave systems research at AT&T.

"Scintera's SCN5028 EDCE solution enables customers to extend the range of existing optics, improve interoperability or to utilize lower grade optics," said John Monson, Vice President of Marketing at Scintera. "While others are just announcing samples, Scintera has leveraged its EDC experience into the production product by sampling into the metro market over the last year."

Scintera Networks Inc.

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