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Broadcom Launches 10G EPON

Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) announced what it claims is the first 10Gbit/s EPON chip on the market (aside from Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) implementations), the BCM55030. It's a system-on-a-chip for optical networking units (ONUs), targeting multidwelling units and Long Term Evolution (LTE) backhaul. The chip is sampling now, with production volumes expected in the second quarter.

Why this matters
Broadcom becomes the first chip vendor to stake a claim on the 10Gbit/s EPON market. It's a sign that the entrance of Broadcom and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL) will be a serious challenge for PON-chip competition.

Other players such as BroadLight Inc. , Cortina Systems Inc. and PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS) have been in the PON market longer, but Broadcom and Marvell gain some benefits from being giants. For example, Broadcom's relationships with foundries will help expedite development of the BCM55030, which was originally designed by Teknovus, a Broadcom acquisition, says Chris Moezzi, Broadcom senior director of product marketing.

For more
Here's what's been going on with Broadcom, Marvell and 10Gbit/s EPON.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:16:10 PM
re: Broadcom Launches 10G EPON

I'm not trying to dismiss the other existing players. They've got good footholds. But this seems like a case where other people developed the market, and now the "big boy" chip companies feel they can step in and take things to the next level, volume-wise. We'll see.

Didn't mean to slight Lantiq, btw; it's just that they're not one of the companies that's been chasing PON for years like Passave/PMC. Lantiq isn't Broadcom-sized AFAIK, but they've got a long heritage in chips. It's possible they could give Broadcom/Marvell a run for their money.

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