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BroadLight Adds GPON

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- BroadLight today announced the availability of the BL2901 GPON PHY (GPHY) ASIC for delivering breakthrough ONT cost reductions. The BL2901 integrates the GPON ONT transceiver’s functions of PMD, control and diagnostic functions into a single ASIC. Together with BroadLight’s BL2000 ONT System on Chip (SoC), makers of GPON ONTs can now eliminate the traditional costly transceiver module and replace it with lower cost Bidirectional (BiDi) or Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) optical devices. This lower B.O.M. cost GPON ONT using the BL2901 and BL2000 combination can be realized through BroadLight’s cost optimized GPON ONT reference design.

The new BL2901 is sampling today and is being unveiled at the FTTH Conference in Las Vegas (October 3-5). Also shown will be BroadLight’s BL2000 and BL2901 combo chipset in a cost optimized GPON ONT reference design.

“ONT cost is the number one feature in the PON market and the BL2901 will enable BroadLight’s customers to be successful with the major GPON rollouts,” said Andrew Vought, CEO of BroadLight. “We are very pleased to be first again with such silicon and software innovation that is easy to implement in time for the GPON volume ramp.”

“A GPHY device, like this one from BroadLight, is what was needed to drive down the price of the costliest section of the ONT – the optical block,” said Jeff Heynen, Directing Analyst of Broadband and IPTV for Infonetics Research “BroadLight’s approach by coupling it with its BL2000 SoC even allows improvements in operational lifecycle costs giving service providers the ability to monitor the ONT’s optical link over time and take any necessary measures.”

BroadLight Inc.

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