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TranSwitch Debuts Metro Solution

TranSwitch introduces TXC-OMNI, a breakthrough silicon and software solution for developing ADMs, DCSs, and hybrid TDM/data switching gear

July 23, 2002

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SHELTON, Conn. -- TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ: TXCC), a leading developer and global supplier of innovative high-speed VLSI semiconductor solutions, today announced TXC-OMNI, a silicon andsoftware solution that enables telecom equipment vendors to rapidly and cost effectively develop next generation ADMs (add drop multiplexers), DCSs (digital cross connects) and hybrid TDM (time division multiplexing)/data switching systems. TXC-OMNI is the only solution that provides in-service migration from wideband to broadband transport and from TDM to data switching for metropolitan area networks ("Metro"). This unprecedented level of flexibility will usher in a new generation of Metro Evolution equipment that improves service provider's profitability by dynamically adapting to customer demand.The TXC-OMNI solution, a core element in TranSwitch's Metro Evolutionstrategy, includes the TXC-OMNI SE (Switch Element), the TXC-OMNI TP(Transport Processor) and an advanced support package, includingdistributed API (Application Programming Interface), silicon firmware,diagnostic software, simulators and a fully functional TXC-OMNIreference system with reference designs.Specifically, the TXC-OMNI SE is a highly-integrated 12-port fullynon-blocking time-space switch element that simultaneously supports TDM and data switching in native format. With an aggregate capacity of over 30 Gbps, on-board RISC processor, full support of multi-stage switch architectures and integrated SerDes (serializer / deserializer) link, the TXC-OMNI SE serves a multitude of next generation multi-service metro network applications. The TXC-OMNI SE provides switching granularity that includes VT1.5 (virtual tributary), TU-11/TU-12 (tributary unit), STS-1 (synchronous transport signal), and VC-3 (virtual container) without connectivity restrictions. With a scalable multi-stage architecture, equipment vendors can now develop metro switches of over 1 Tbps capacity.The TXC-OMNI TP is a highly-integrated add/drop multiplexer on a chipand is an ideal solution for equipment providers addressing the add/dropmultiplexer/cross-connect market. The TXC-OMNI TP provides SONET/SDHframing, full SONET/SDH protection mechanisms, and high and low orderpointer processing. The TXC-OMNI TP also provides programmableprocessing granularity from VT1.5 / TU11/12 up to STS-48c / AU4 - 16clevels in a single VLSI device. Finally, integrated backplane SerDes forboth primary and secondary data paths eliminating external componentswhile improving reliability of the system.Bundled with the TXC-OMNI SE and TXC-OMNI TP are comprehensive softwareand development tools. The software package includes a service-aware APIthat simplifies code development, thus, allowing engineers to focus onembedded application development instead of hardware registerconfiguration. This software package also includes advanced toolsconsisting of a complete API simulator, system-level diagnosticsoftware, compilers, assemblers, and debuggers, significantly reducingdevelopment time for OEMs."The telecom industry is undergoing unprecedented change that willfundamentally affect customer needs along the entire supply chain. Goneare the days of rapid deployment of new technologies and revolutionarynew network architectures. The new challenge for equipment suppliers isto reduce development costs while producing systems that foster networkevolution," stated Paul DeBeasi, TranSwitch's Vice President ofMarketing. "The new products we are announcing today provide highlyflexible Metro Evolution silicon while dramatically reducing softwaredevelopment costs and time."The TXC-OMNI SE, a 624-lead PBGA, is sampling now with customers and the TXC-OMNI TP, a 1088-lead PBGA, is expected to sample fourth quarter 2002. In volume, the TXC-OMNI SE is priced at $ 1,100 per unit and the TXC-OMNI TP is priced at $ 1,350 per unit.TranSwitch Corp.

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