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Ikanos Unveils First Dual-Core Communications Processors for Next Generation Services Gateways

(September 13, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-9-13--Fremont, Calif, September 13, 2011 - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today unveiled two new dual-core communications processors – the Fusiv® Vx175 and Fusiv Vx173. The new Ikanos chipsets build on the award-winning features of the company’s Fusiv family of processors and extend the range of access technologies and device types that can be supported by Ikanos products. With the Fusiv Vx175/173, service providers can deploy and manufacturers can build a wide range of devices including femtocell gateways, smart energy gateways, mobile broadband routers, optical networking terminals, network attached storage and other next generation services gateways.  

“The traditional residential gateway is morphing into an intelligent services gateway – a home hub that enables everything from content delivery like IPTV to home automation and energy management and a whole host of cloud-based services,” said Jonathan Black, director of customer premises marketing for Ikanos. “Regardless of the broadband access technology – wireline or wireless – these service gateways need substantial processing speed, flexible interfaces, quality of service and advanced power management. Ikanos’ Fusiv Vx185/183 is optimized for VDSL while the Vx175/173 provides the same benefits for PON, LTE and other broadband access technologies.”

The Vx175/173 processors leverage the advancements from the previous Fusiv family while adding a range of advanced capabilities, including:

  • Advanced Dual-Core Processor Architecture – The Vx175/173 communications processors have two MIPS cores. In the Vx175, cores provide up to 600MHz processing power. The Vx173 cores run at 400MHz. With the dual cores, these products can handle femtocell stacks, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and a range of other computational-intensive tasks.   

  • Dedicated Voice Processing Engine – An integrated DSP engine delivers full-chain deployment proven VoIP, capable of handling four voice channels simultaneously.

  • Programmable Hardware Accelerators – In addition to the dual core MIPs processors, the Vx175/173 also includes programmable hardware accelerator processors to provide flexibility, improved performance and quality of service. These enable bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming a small fraction of the Fusiv’s processing power.

  • Multiple Interfaces for LAN/WAN Integration –  The Vx175/173 includes a number of built-in interfaces – including up to three Gigabit MACs, two PCIe and two USB 2.0 hosts – that enable the processor to easily connect via many in-home distribution solutions like Wi-Fi, MoCA™, ZigBee®, HomePNA™, HomePlug®, and other technologies for in-home content distribution.  

  • World Class Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) Performance –  The Vx175 has a built-in hardware encryption engine to protect traffic over the Web without a performance penalty.

  • Integrated SATA Interface – The Vx175 has a built-in SATA interface for direct network attached storage (NAS) for the warehousing of local content. This content can be shared directly from the gateway throughout the home or passed via a secure connection to outside backup services or other cloud-based applications.

  • Dynamic Power Management – The new chipsets support European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) energy efficiency requirements. 

Ikanos also provides a unified suite of software that includes operating system independent drivers for Ethernet, xDSL and integrated peripherals. This unified software package combines the support for all Fusiv communications processors, enabling equipment manufacturers to leverage their software resource investment across multiple product lines. The Linux-based software includes a networking stack, voice processing, and network management functions, making it possible for system vendors to quickly develop advanced service gateways and integrated access devices.

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