SOURCE: Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications

September 07, 2009 08:00 ET

Ikanos Sets Power Savings Benchmark With Introduction of Next-Generation VDSL Access Chipsets

Ikanos Velocity™ Chipsets Deliver Industry's Lowest Power and Highest Performance for Unsurpassed HD IPTV Experience

FREMONT, CA and PARIS--(Marketwire - September 7, 2009) - Broadband World Forum Europe 2009 -- Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today introduced its Ikanos Velocity™ family of low-power, full-featured VDSL access chipsets. These robust, high-density central office (CO) devices provide up to 100 Mbps symmetric bandwidth and operate at sub 1 Watt (W) per port -- the lowest power consumption of any A/VDSL device on the market. And the Ikanos Velocity chipsets are the first CO A/VDSL semiconductor devices compliant with European Code of Conduct (CoC) power consumption standards. The Velocity chipsets also include proprietary Ikanos Quality Video (iQV™) technology, which provides exceptional delivery of data-intensive triple play applications, including multi-channel high-definition IPTV, high-speed data transmission, video on demand (VoD) and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Industry's Lowest Power VDSL Chipset

The Velocity chipsets are designed to help equipment manufacturers meet the stringent energy efficiency standards that are emerging in Europe and many parts of Asia, while providing service providers with dramatic cost reductions for electric power and cooling. Fully compliant with the European CoC power consumption levels (L0/L2/L3), the Velocity chipsets' power profile is the industry's lowest at less than 1 W per port, over 30 percent power savings compared to the next best A/VDSL chipset offering.

"Reducing power consumption in the provisioning of broadband services is an increasingly important concern for operators around the world," said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst of broadband and video at Infonetics Research. "Europe, in particular with its Code of Conduct, has a very stringent set of requirements for network equipment. Ikanos' latest family of chipsets is a perfect example of what semiconductor companies must do to enable the next-generations of access devices for Europe and other markets."

Ikanos' iQV Technology Enables Superior Stability & Robustness

Ikanos' iQV -- a combination of ITU G.inp compliant retransmission and Rapid Rate Adaptation™ (advanced ITU-T compliant SOS, SRA and Bitswap) technologies -- enables the chipset to intelligently adjust its data rate instantly to provide optimal quality in any line condition. With iQV, IPTV services that may be severely degraded or even dropped by older/less sophisticated chipsets will not only stay connected, but will show no degradation in image quality, even in very noisy conditions. The enhanced capabilities of iQV enable service providers to utilize existing copper infrastructure to deliver bandwidth-intensive and quality sensitive applications, like multiple channels of HD-video, high quality VoIP and other revenue-enhancing advanced features.

Best-in-Class Performance

The symmetrical 100/100 Mbps and asymmetrical 100/50 Mbps Velocity chipsets each provide dramatically improved long-range performance surpassing all loop conditions specified in the Broadband Forum's WT-114 VDSL2 Performance Test Plan. In addition, Ikanos' Velocity chipsets are fully compliant with the WT-115 VDSL2 Functionality Test Plan, while operating in any of the VDSL2 spectral profiles (8, 12, 17 and 30 MHz).

The Velocity chipsets are software compatible to Ikanos' prior generation of CO chipsets, enabling system vendors to seamlessly migrate and take advantage of the performance and stability of Ikanos' Velocity devices. In addition, the Velocity chipsets -- which support all ADSL and VDSL profiles -- are designed to complement Ikanos' line of innovative residential gateway chipsets, including the highly integrated Fusiv® Vx180. When combined in an end-to-end system, these devices enable optimal network performance.

"Ikanos continues to set the standards for the broadband market, first with industry-leading symmetrical performance and now with the industry's lowest power consuming VDSL chipsets," said Michael Gulett, president and CEO of Ikanos. "The combination of technologies we have built into Ikanos Velocity chipsets not only significantly improve performance and stability, they dramatically reduce the power required to deliver broadband service around the world."


Evaluation boards and samples for both the 100/100 Mbps symmetrical (FX100100-6) and 100/50 Mbps asymmetrical (FX10050-6) Velocity chipsets are available now.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's multi-mode VDSL2/ADSLx, network processor and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit

© 2009 Ikanos Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ikanos Communications, Ikanos, the Ikanos logo, the Bandwidth without boundaries tagline, Fusiv, Fx, FxS, iQV and Ikanos Velocity are among the trademarks or registered trademarks of Ikanos Communications.

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