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September 09, 2013

Mindspeed Offers New Infrastructure Technologies for Fiber Internet Service Providers

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., a provider of semiconductors for networking infrastructures, just recently added its M02036-13 to its portfolio of solutions. This new chip is a transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for gigabit-capable passive optical network (GPON) applications, useful for any optical line termination (OLT) device that follows the ITU-T G.986.2 OLT Class C+ industry specifications put forth by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Fiber has become a growing trend in many countries around the world, including the United States and most of Europe. Passive optical networks (PONs) and active optical networks (AONs) are built in a way that allows companies to distribute fiber resources to multiple end points, which in turn provides high-speed internet access. The main difference between the two is the lack of a need for electrical power within the PON. GPONs are used to bring higher amounts of bandwidth to home and business users, supporting speeds of up to 2.488 Gbps downstream and 1.244 Gbps upstream.

Hasnain Bajwa, SVP and general manager of high-performance analog at Mindspeed, said, “Mindspeed offers the industry's most comprehensive optical physical media device (PMD) portfolio for fiber-access networks. We continue to bring innovative solutions to market that help accelerate the adoption of next generation broadband technology.”

Mindspeed has a lot going for this new GPON OLT TIA, giving more burst at higher optical sensitivity while using less power, according to Dr. David Li, general manager of fiber optics at Hisense. “This new TIA will enable us to offer higher performance OLT transceivers to our customers, further accelerating the deployment of GPON technology to residencies and businesses worldwide,” he added.

Mindspeed has already introduced this device at the 15th Annual China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE), together with its laser driver for small form-factor pluggable optical transceivers.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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