PMC Delivers Industry's First Tri-Speed Converged Carrier Ethernet/OTN Framer


PMC Delivers Industry's First Tri-Speed Converged Carrier Ethernet/OTN Framer

META 120G reduces chip-count by 50% on high-speed interface cards on Carrier Ethernet Switches and Routers

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PMC® (NAS: PMCS) , the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, announced today the introduction of PM5442 META 120G, the industry's highest port density 10G, 40G and 100G converged Carrier Ethernet and OTN Framer solution. With cloud computing, streaming video and mobile data applications doubling network traffic every 18 months, Carrier Ethernet Switch and Router interconnects demand high-density 10, 40, and 100Gbps interface cards. As part of PMC's powerful portfolio of Metro OTN solutions, the PM5442 META 120G enables high-density Carrier Ethernet and OTN line-cards and IPoDWDM integration on service provider switches and routers, P-OTPs, and PTN equipment.

OTN Enables Seamless Convergence of Packet Traffic and Optical Connectivity

Building on the leadership of the META 20G, PMC's PM5442 META 120G enables OEMs to substantially reduce total development costs by addressing high-speed line-card needs with a single silicon platform. As interconnect speeds increase, OTN is emerging as the de-facto protocol enabling seamless and scalable convergence of IP infrastructure and the optical transport domain. OTN provides the operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) functionality necessary for a DWDM transport infrastructure, and service providers see value in extending the OTN OAM out to the router interface. Additionally, OTN supports forward error correction (FEC) for reach extension, significantly increasing the number of links over which 100G can be deployed.

Service providers are looking for routers with dual-mode Ethernet and OTN interfaces to achieve optical performance and protocol convergence in their connections to the optical transport network," stated Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "Our global service provider survey found that 84% of responding service providers plan to deploy OTN on 40G (OTU3) and 100G (OTU4) router ports, and the PMC META 120G is designed to support these requirements."

PMC's META 120G delivers Carrier Ethernet MAC/PHY, comprehensive OTN framing/mapping in conjunction with multiple FEC protocols, including PMC's innovative high gain Swizzle enhanced-FEC and fully integrated packet timing engine, including clock recovery that exceeds the IEEE 1588v2 telecom profile for every port. An overall feature integration, port density and device capacity that is unmatched in the market today.

"Equipment manufacturers are challenged to bring to market high density 10G, 40G and 100G interface line-cards variants demanded by service providers today said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications for PMC's Communications Products Division., "With our META 120G's Tri-Speed Converged Carrier Ethernet/OTN architecture, our customers can deliver on multiple SKUs with investment in a single, flexible silicon platform and accelerating time to market."

META 120G Delivers Industry-Leading Integration

META 120G is the industry's first Tri-speed Carrier Ethernet/OTN converged framer device supporting:

  • Converged Rates: Innovative rate-agile SERDES enable a single META 120G device to deliver up to 12x10GE/OTU2, up to 3x40GE/OTU3 or a single 100GE/OTU4 connection

  • Converged Protocols: Per-port configurable Carrier Ethernet or OTN interfaces

  • Converged FEC: High performance 9.45dB Swizzle enhanced-FEC for OTU3 and OTU4 capable of improving 100G Ethernet optical reach by 50%, and comprehensive G.709 Reed-Solomon and industry compliant eFEC for OTU2 and OTU3 protocols

  • Converged Intelligence: Integrated IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) delivers timing performance and accuracy required for packet wireless infrastructure


The PM5442 META 120G is sampling now. For more information, visit or contact PMC sales at

About PMC

PMC (NAS: PMCS) is the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC's highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information visit

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