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ZTE Selects Agere Network Processors for Next-Gen DSL

ZTE will use Agere's TrueAdvantage Converged Access Solutions (October 24, 2005)

ZTE has selected the Agere Systems APP300 network processor-based family of product offerings for its widely adopted Internet Protocol Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer platforms.

ZTE Corporation will use Agere's TrueAdvantage Converged Access Solutions, announced earlier this year, in ZTE's DSL access platforms.  These Agere solutions feature the APP300 (Advanced Payload Plus(R)) series of network processors, software, reference designs, software tools and development platforms.

In its efforts to address international markets, ZTE, the second largest provider of DSLAM equipment in China, chose to base its offering on the APP300, Agere's fourth-generation network processor, because of the APP300's robust and market-leading** traffic processing capabilities, easy-to-program software architecture, flexible interfaces and high scalability across a broad range of applications.

The APP300 makes it possible for companies such as ZTE to offer feature- rich services such as high-definition Internet Protocol Television and Voice Over Internet Protocol, while providing a platform solution that satisfies the stringent price requirements for the Chinese market.

Given ZTE's focus on the international market, it is vital that their platforms support a diverse breadth of service provider requirements, which often vary by region or service provider.  Furthermore, there are numerous industry standards bodies involved in shaping a dynamic set of sophisticated requirements for triple-play-capable, next-generation access networks.  To effectively meet these requirements, a DSLAM line card traffic processor must support a number of key features today, with the ability to easily implement new features as access networks continue to evolve.
Some examples include:
-- Classifying and Filtering to prevent service theft and denial-of- service attacks 
-- Controlling Congestion to ensure high-priority traffic does not get dropped 
-- Prioritizing, Scheduling and Shaping to enable QoS (Quality of Service) 
-- Multi-casting for video and other broadcast service support 
-- Modifying, Marking or Inserting Headers for traffic isolation and prioritization
By adopting a line card processor such as Agere's APP300, ZTE delivers a future-proof platform that enables a high service velocity.  Coupling the powerful APP300 hardware architecture with a highly efficient software programming model ensures ZTE will be able to get to market quickly with standard features while retaining the ability to rapidly implement new or enhanced features and services (service velocity).

This will provide DSLAM makers such as ZTE the capability of differentiating themselves in both breadth and depth of features when responding to service provider requests for quotation (RFQs).

Agere's TrueAdvantage Wireline DSL Solutions are available for customers today.  For more information on Agere's TrueAdvantage Solutions, please visit

Agere Systems is a global leader in semiconductors for storage, wireless data, and public and enterprise networks.  The company's chips and software power a broad range of computing and communications applications, from cell phones, PCs, PDAs, hard disk drives and gaming devices to the world's most sophisticated wireless and wireline networks.  Agere's customers include top manufacturers of consumer electronics, communications and computing equipment. Agere's products connect people to information and entertainment at home, at work and on the road - enabling the connected lifestyle.

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Related Keywords:ZTE, Agere Systems, APP300, Digital Subscriber Line Access, Multiplexer platform

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