Ekinops, a leading provider of optical transport and aggregation solutions, today introduced its new 10G transponder and protocol converter. The PM 1001 is the most recent addition to the EKINOPS PM Series. The EKINOPS PM Series is an advanced multi-service aggregation and transport platform that allows carriers to aggregate and transport high-speed services onto a single wavelength at wire speed over 10G or 2.5G signals. This advanced TDM-based aggregation reduces the number of wavelengths on the network and, as a result, lowers the cost of deploying DWDM or CWDM networks.
Ekinops' new 10G LAN PHY to WAN PHY protocol converter is the first stand-alone, cost-effective solution for connecting 10 Gigabit LAN switches to 10G SONET/SDH and DWDM networks. The 10G Ethernet standard specifies two types of PHY (physical interface): LAN PHY and WAN PHY. 10G WAN PHY operates at a data rate compatible with SONET OC-192c and SDH STM-64, but 10G LAN PHY does not.
"Ekinops' 10G protocol converter enables direct connectivity of 10G LAN PHY equipment, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, to SONET/SDH networks" said Didier Bredy, CEO of Ekinops. "Converting 10G LAN PHY to WAN PHY allows service providers to use their installed base of SONET/SDH and DWDM networks for the transport of 10G Ethernet".
For carriers and their customers, this eliminates the need for expensive router interfaces and provides a cost-effective way to connect two separate 10G Ethernet networks via the carrier's SONET or DWDM infrastructure. EKINOPS' protocol converter encapsulates 10G Ethernet packets into SONET/SDH frames compatible with OC-192/STM-64 bit rate which is a little less than 10Gbit/s.
"Today, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is being widely deployed in education and enterprise networks. EKINOPS is helping carriers target those customers by offering a very cost-effective way of connecting 10 Gigabit LANs directly into carriers' core networks" added Bredy.
In addition to converting 10G protocols, the EKINOPS PM1001 is a DWDM transponder for any 10G protocol ranging from 9.95 Gbs to 10.709 Gbs. With its embedded Forward Error Correction (FEC) technology it can transport 10G data over longer distances without the need for repeaters.
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