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Anritsu Teams with Gennum to Demonstrate XGPON and 10G EPON Chip Set Solutions in SFP+ Form Factor

MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer Used at OFC/NFOEC to Validate Performance of Integrated Custom Chip Sets for Emerging Applications

Anritsu Company (booth #1913), a world leader in high-speed test instrumentation, announces that its MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer (SQA) will be used by Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND), a leading supplier of high-speed optical, analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions, at OFC/NFOEC 2011, March 8-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The MP1800A SQA will validate the bit error rate (BER) of Gennum’s latest optical chip set solutions that are demonstrated in an SFP+ form factor and are suited for 10G EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) symmetric and XGPON/10G asymmetric line-rate operations.

“Anritsu has a long history of working with companies to advance optical technologies. We are pleased to team with Gennum at OFC/NFOEC. Our MP1800A is a unique test solution that can conduct the measurements necessary to validate the performance of the innovative products being designed by Gennum,” said Hiroshi Goto, Business Development Manager, Anritsu Company.

In the Gennum booth (#1857), the Anritsu MP1800A will be used in a demonstration that will also include Gennum’s GN7355, the industry’s first single-chip 10G EPON transceiver IC; the GN7354, the first XGPON and 10G EPON asymmetric single-chip transceiver solution; and the GN7468, a 10G EPON TO-can that provides excellent sensitivity performance along with the industry’s lowest power dissipation. Integrated with PON application software, the MP1800A will help validate the ability to re-use the 10G symmetric design to address the XGPON and 10G asymmetric market by generating burst data that is sent to the various Gennum chip sets.

“The new Gennum chip set solutions that will be demonstrated at OFC using the Anritsu MP1800A will help customers bring XGPON and 10G EPON networks to market faster. Visitors will experience first hand that it is possible to use a 10G symmetric design to address the XGPON and 10G asymmetric market,” said Imran Sherazi, Director of Datacom Marketing at Gennum.

The MP1800A SQA has can support multiple burst data BER measurements to simulate PON networks. For example, the MP1800A can support four synchronized 14G BERTs or two 28G BERTs, which can be upgradable to a serial 56G BERT. The MP1800A SQA delivers the highest quality waveforms that include the lowest intrinsic jitter. Complicated searching for input thresholds or phase adjustments is simplified with the touch of a single key. It is ideal for research and development of 100 GE, optical modulators, high-speed logic, integrated circuits (ICs), digital systems and PON.

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand for high-speed data transmission products in the broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications markets. Gennum offers proven optical, analog and mixed-signal solutions with uncompromising signal integrity to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®. The company is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, United States, India and the United Kingdom.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.

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Anritsu Contact:
Kim Collins
Director, Americas Marketing
Anritsu Company
Agency Contact:
Patrick Brightman
Gennum Contact:
Robin Vaitonis
Gennum Corporation

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