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Galazar Thinks Small

Add Galazar Networks Inc. to the list of companies that buy into micro-MSPPs.

The chip startup has been selling Sonet (Synchronous Optical NETwork) and SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) framer/mappers that could be applied to multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) in general, but yesterday it announced two lines of parts designed specifically for the micro-MSPP (see Galazar Targets Micro-MSPPs).

The micro version is a shrunken type of MSPP, built to be compact and inexpensive -- as low as $3,000, by some definitions. More than two dozen OEMs have jumped into the market, some of them quite recently (see Micro MSPPs Are Big, The Micro MSPP Flight Plan, RAD Gets a Micro MSPP, Alcatel Launches Micro MSPP, and MSPPizza to Go at Cisco).

Galazar's new CompactNode and MicroNode chip lines bear some similarities to the company's older line, VersaNode, which packs Ethernet and Sonet/SDH traffic onto OC-3 and OC-12 pipes using virtual concatenation, Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS), and Generic Frame Protocol (GFP). (See Galazar Announces Ethernet Over Sonet Chips.)

But VersaNode was designed for use in various types of boxes. CompactNode and MicroNode were specifically designed for MSPPs, integrating "some of the other things you would commonly find on circuit boards for MSPPs," such as timing chips, says Cliff Townsend, Galazar vice president of marketing.

Naturally, Galazar faces some competition. More than a dozen vendors are producing chips for MSPPs in general, according to the recent Light Reading Insider report, "Silicon for Integrated MSPPs: Extending Sonet/SDH." (See Chips Pack MSPP Power.)

The competition includes a handful of startups challenging Galazar on the integration front, with speeds up to OC48 or even higher: Cortina Systems Inc., Crimson Microsystems Inc., Parama Networks Inc. (acquired by Bay Microsystems Inc.), and Raza Microelectronics Inc. (see Cortina Releases Arsenal, Crimson Samples MSPP-on-a-Chip, Parama Sells for a Song, and Raza's Triple-Threat Revealed).

Galazar can reach OC48 with its MSF2500 chip, but that device carries fewer features than the company's slower-speed chips, Townsend says.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:04:33 AM
re: Galazar Thinks Small Parama got snatched up ... which of these guys gets acquired next?
inauniversefarfaraway 12/5/2012 | 3:04:11 AM
re: Galazar Thinks Small Hi Craig,

Great reporting, during your fact finding mission, were you able to find out if the rumor that Cliff and Bernie Ebbers are former classmates, or colleagues is factual?

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