Marvell has announced the first member of the AVANTA family of broadband optical access solutions for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON),  Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) and 10Gigabit EPON, offering up to 20 times the bandwidth of traditional copper-based networking solutions.

The first members of the AVANTA family are single-chip for Single-Family-Unit (SFU) devices for mass-deployment of next generation video-centric and interactive Internet.

Optical Access provides the technology leap to enable high broadband throughput ranging from 100 Mbps to 2.5 Gbps per home. This expanded throughput is necessary for streaming 3D high definition (HD) content in real time as well as user-to-user and user-to-cloud interactive applications.

“Consumers worldwide have a growing appetite for media-rich entertainment such as IPTV, interactive video, and multiplayer games. For these applications, PON offers much more bandwidth than DSL copper technology,” said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at The Linley Group, in a statement.

The first set of products from Marvell’s new AVANTA series are single chip for SFU applications, addressing both standards of the passive optical networks: the ITU GPON standard mostly adopted in the United States and the European Union, as well as the IEEE EPON standard mostly adopted in major Asia-Pacific countries including China.

The AVANTA 88F6510 features a high level of integration, including a Gigahertz class CPU, dual-mode PON MAC, Line-rate IPv6-capable programmable packet processor, Voice-over-IP, Ethernet Switch and Ethernet PHYs. The AVANTA series uses exceptionally low power and significantly reduces the bill-of-material for PON SFU devices to enable wide deployment.

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