Parama Networks and Finisar collaborate to bring the 'Pay as You Grow' concept to the network core

June 14, 2004

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SANTA CLARA and SUNNYVALE, Calif. –– Parama Networks and Finisar Corporation (NSDQ: FNSR) announced today a relationship that gives service providers a fast and simple method to upgrade high-capacity SONET (synchronous optical network) or SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) circuits used in metro, regional and long-haul core networks.

By combining the software-selectable line rate capabilities of the Parama ADM-on-a-Chip with the SONET/SDH multi-rate SFP optical transceivers from Finisar, a new optical line card can be automatically reconfigured to upgrade high-capacity circuits to faster line speeds in seconds, instead of days or even weeks. Now a carrier can start with a relatively low-capacity and inexpensive link (e.g., an OC-3) and upgrade it to a higher speed OC-12, or OC-48 link by simply selecting the new line rate via a network management system.

Pluggable “pay as you grow” capability has existed for years at the network edge, where inexpensive “plug and play” silicon-based products accommodate the lower-speed, sub-SONET/SDH rate connections found there. This new combined solution moves all configuration into software thus speeding upgrades substantially. In the present mode of operations, a carrier desiring to upgrade a circuit has had to temporarily “take down” the network in order to perform a “card swap” in a central office type of facility. Expensive and time-consuming “truck rolls” are also necessary for remote locations.

--In a separate release--

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -– Parama Networks will announce next week at Supercomm in Chicago a reference design, known as the Parama Mx-40, for a small form factor fully-featured OC-48/OC-192 SONET/SDH ADM for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The Mx-40 is based on Parama’s PNI8040 “ADM-on-a-chip,” which features a 40 Gbs cross-connect fabric with full STS-1 time slot interchange. Parama is introducing the Mx-40, available in August 2004, to assist the OEM community with the urgent task of developing highly efficient and lower-cost equipment for “next-generation” SONET or SDH services (e.g., “packet over SONET”), multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP), and multi-service transport platform (MSTP) applications.

“We now operate in a new eco-system in which chip and SoC companies, OEMs and carriers must collaborate in order to reduce the time-to-market of new network equipment and the turn-up time required for new services,” said Hemant Bheda, CEO of Parama Networks. “By virtue of our conversations with carriers over the last year, we have been able to design in specific features and performance required in today’s networks, such as mesh-network migration with 50 msec restoration, MSPP and MSTP. Our Mx-40 makes it easier for our OEM customers to develop next-generation equipment faster and easier.”

Parama Networks Inc.

Finisar Corp.

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