Comm Chip Insider Launches

Silicon advances could help equipment makers extend the life of Sonet/SDH platforms, according to Light Reading’s Comm Chip Insider

August 15, 2005

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NEW YORK – The arrival of smaller, cheaper, and more feature-rich components will help makers of Sonet/SDH telecom equipment extend the use of their products in carrier networks, even as their customers continue their migration to Ethernet-based network designs, according to the first-ever report issued today by Light Reading’s Comm Chip Insider (, a brand-new paid research service from Light Reading Inc.

Silicon for Integrated MSPPs: Extending Sonet/SDH catalogs and analyzes more than 30 products from 14 different components vendors that supply chip technology used in Sonet/SDH multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs), including industry leaders Intel, Agere Systems, PMC-Sierra, and Vitesse Semiconductor, as well as key startups such as Bay Microsystems and Galazar Networks.

The 17-page report provides a feature-by-feature competitive analysis of silicon products in four different categories, including:

  • Sub-gigabit framers/mappers

  • Integrated micro MSPP silicon

  • Multi-gigabit framers/mappers

  • SPI-4.2 framers/mappers

Comparative data includes current pricing information, component availability, bandwidth rates, line interfaces supported, and power consumption, among other details.

"Multiservice provisioning platforms are a key focus for silicon and system vendors alike," notes Simon Stanley, research analyst for Comm Chip Insider and author of the report. "Integrated products are available from both established vendors and startups that are just bringing products to market."

Key findings of the report include:

  • Manufacturers will continue to further integrate silicon with higher-bandwidth MSPPs on a single chip.

  • Systems vendors will have more choices for suppliers in this sector, as more startups bring products to market.

  • There is no single 2.5-Gbit/s framer/mapper device now on the market that delivers all of the functions offered in this product category.

  • Packet processing and traffic management will be required for future integrated Sonet/SDH silicon products.

Silicon for Integrated MSPPs: Extending Sonet/SDH is available as part of an annual subscription (6 issues) to Light Reading’s Comm Chip Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900.Light Reading’s Comm Chip Insider is a brand-new paid research service that tracks, analyzes, and evaluates the key industry and technology developments that will have the biggest impact on the components sector – and by extension the entire telecom supply chain – in the months and years ahead. Along with competitive product and strategic analyses, Comm Chip Insider delivers essential information not available from any other source, including:

  • Full results of exclusive, worldwide surveys of comm chip buyers and sellers regarding spending and deployment plans for emerging products and technologies.

  • Up-to-the-minute details on chip supplier production plans, including the latest information on commercial availability of new products.

  • Independent and unbiased assessments of vendor market positions and strategies.

  • Advanced intelligence on product developments that will have a direct impact on future comm chip prices and demand.

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