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Fujitsu has announced the availability of the ETHOS MB87M2181 Evaluation Platform

November 23, 2005

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has announced the availability of the ETHOS MB87M2181 Evaluation Platform -- a highly integrated system that allows ODMs and OEMs to rapidly prototype a compact micro Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (micro MSPP) using the highly integrated Fujitsu ETHOS device.

The Evaluation Platform collapses a multi-shelf system to a single card in a "pizza box" form factor; supports both legacy PDH and 10/100/1000 Ethernet services at OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 capacity; supports an interactive online scripting environment to simplify configuration and prototyping for fast time-to-market, and offers an on-board CPU running Linux real-time OS for convenient software development.

Developed in co-operation with Fujitsu’s partner AimCom, a leading-edge design and development company specialising in Next Generation Carrier Class Optical Networking, the ETHOS evaluation platform is a complete, stand-alone system solution for customer premises equipment or complete network elements. The platform features two-per-port programmable OC-3/12 SONET or STM-1/4 SDH optical interfaces and two OC-3 SONET or STM-1 SDH optical interfaces that seamlessly connect to SFP modules. An additional 4 E1/DS1 and 4 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports are provided.

Mark Ellins, Director of the Communications Business Unit at FME commented, “This new device underlines Fujitsu’s commitment to rolling-out a growing product portfolio of ASSPs for Telecom Access applications. With more announcements in the pipeline we believe the ETHOS MB87M2181 will confirm our position as pace-setter in this market”.

The evaluation platform is based on the ETHOS MB87M2181 device -- a highly integrated single-chip MSPP optimised for OC-3/STM-1 and OC-12/STM-4 applications.

The device's advanced data features and high integration are ideal for compact networking equipment deployed in remote terminals or customer premises equipment where service density does not justify the use of larger, more expensive MSPPs.

The ETHOS integrates SDH/SONET framers and pointer processors, PDH mappers, expansion interfaces, a cross-connect and G.813 SEC / GR-1244 Stratum-3 network element timing function. The integrated, glue-less interfaces to hot pluggable SFP modules reduce the overall system cost and power consumption. Supporting VCAT and LCAS as well as GFP, LAPS and PPP mapping, the device is perfectly suited for the fast growing market of compact and cost-effective customer premises access equipment for next-generation carrier-class optical networking.

A strong endorsement of the ETHOS MB87M2181 came from David Drew, CEO of Haliplex, a leading manufacturer of edge access and multiplexing solutions, based in Melbourne, Australia: “The Fujitsu ETHOS development system enabled us to run parallel engineering efforts in software and hardware. This allowed us to meet the aggressive time-to-market requirements demanded by our customers. The open nature of the software has been a delight”.

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME)

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