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PMC-Sierra Launches 10G-EPON SoCs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, continues its FTTH leadership announcing the commercial availability of an end-to-end symmetric 10G-EPON fibre access System-on-Chip (SoC) solution. PMC's highly integrated PAS9000 Optical Networking Unit (ONU) and PAS8000 Optical Line Terminal (OLT) SoCs are the industry's first to support 10Gb/s downstream and 10Gb/s upstream access connectivity. This performance and feature integration enables carriers to provide advanced triple-play video on demand, high-speed Internet access and Voice-over-IP services to residential and business customers. Transitioning from EPON to 10G-EPON allows carriers to connect up to 10 times more subscribers per Optical Distribution Network (ODN), reducing OPEX and CAPEX per subscriber. PMC's 10G-EPON solutions are interoperable with deployed EPON equipment, allowing carriers to gradually upgrade their networks and deploy 10G-EPON ONUs alongside EPON ONUs.

PMC's ONU devices feature the industry's most advanced integration to reduce system cost and power. Integrated synchronization functions enable backhauling of mobile networks over 10G-EPON, eliminating the need for external circuitry. Integrated power-saving modes reduce ONU power consumption by more than 50 percent, enabling energy-efficient networks.

"Carriers continue to seek ways to meet the demand for enhanced triple-play services and increased bandwidth, and 10G-EPON provides the answer with high reliability and low operational expenses," said Ofer Bar-Or, vice president and general manager of PMC's Fibre to the Home Division. "As the market segment leader, PMC is paving the way for higher bandwidth networks at low power and high QoS. Our highly integrated SoCs allow easy migration from EPON and GPON to 10G-EPON."

PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS)

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