ZTE Selects Infineon Technologies for Next-Generation Network Equipment to Enable Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) Architectures in China
RPR technology combines the low cost and simplicity of packet-based networking with the reliability and resiliency of telecom networks. RPR is a Layer Two MAC technology that integrates efficient bandwidth management support and packet services. With Infineons RPR solution, ZTE can offer service providers the ability to create scalable networks that transport voice and data traffic efficiently while lowering both capital expenses and on-going operational expenses.
RPR is growing at a phenomenal rate, said Michael Howard, principal analyst of Infonetics Research. The technology has achieved wide acceptance within the industry, and carriers worldwide are already deploying or plan to deploy the technology. Since Asia is a hotspot for metro Ethernet and optical equipment, and 63% of North American and European carriers are planning to offer Ethernet over RPR in the next few years, we expect RPR revenue to grow over 200% by 2007.
The Infineon RPR solution has one of the highest degrees of integration available today, said Rong Liu, director of networking product division, ZTE. Infineons technology is helping ZTE address customer demands for deployable RPR equipment today while meeting technology requirements for reduced power consumption, board design complexity and space, software development, and overall system cost.
Collaborating with ZTE to bring RPR solutions to market builds on Infineons commitment to the market, meeting the growing demand for the technology and strengthening our relationship with one of the regions technology innovators, said Srinivas Nimmagadda, director of marketing for optical networking, Infineon Technologies. Furthermore, we expect that by working with ZTE to successfully deploy RPR in Asia, more equipment manufacturers and carriers worldwide will realize the value of this technology and accelerate their adoption plans.
The single-chip Frea IC integrates functions previously requiring a minimum of four separate components. The Frea chip integrates the PoS (Packet-over-SONET) framer, RPR MAC (Media Access Control) and XAUI SerDes (serializer/deserializer) functions. Frea includes 1 megabyte of memory on-chip, a 16-bit 800 MHz SPI-4.2 system interface and a 4-bit 3.125 GHz mate (XAUI) interface that simplifies linking the two chips that are required for a full RPR implementation.
About ZTEZTE Corporation is China's largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer specializing in providing customized network solutions for telecom carriers worldwide. The company develops and manufactures telecommunications equipment for fixed, mobile, data and optical networks, intelligent networks and next generation networks. ZTE has been listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange since 1997. For more information about ZTE, please visit www.zte.com.cn