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PMC-Sierra Unveils 10-Gig Widget

BURNABY, British Columbia -- Utilizing systems expertise in high-speed physical layer design, PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS) today unveiled the XENON' (10 Gigabit Ethernet for Optical Networks) family of clock recovery and concatenated PHY/framer devices designed to enable the convergence of WAN-based OC-192 ATM/POS, Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) services in the metro. The XENON family includes the PM5390 S/UNI"-9953 (10 GE LAN/WAN PHY and OC-192 ATM/POS concatenated PL4 framer), PM5392 S/UNI"-9953-POS (OC-192 POS/ATM concatenated PL4 framer), PM3392 S/UNI"-1x10 GE (10 GE LAN PHY with PL4), and PM3388 S/UNI"-10xGE (10 port GE PHY with PL4) devices. These four devices are ideal for current and next generation metro edge/core equipment such as routers, data center and POP switches and multiservice provisioning platforms.

"Gigabit Ethernet was intended only for use in the LAN. However, the 10 Gigabit version is showing huge potential as the transport layer for the emerging multi service metro network, thus leveraging Ethernet's proven reliability and scalability," said Allen Leibovitch, director of communications Semiconductor Research at RHK, Inc. "Since the 10 Gigabit Ethernet specification will include several LAN and WAN variations, IC vendors in this space will need to meet certain standards to be successful. They will need to be involved in the standards bodies, understand well the existing optical transport standards, and provide a comprehensive product lineup. We believe PMC-Sierra can meet these criteria with its new chip set products."

PMC-Sierra Inc.
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