SOURCE: Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications

March 15, 2011 09:00 ET

Ikanos Unveils First Communications Processors With Built-in G.Vector Support for 100 Mbps Performance Over Copper

New Fusiv Family of Products Combines ITU Compliant Noise Cancellation, Bonding, Ultra-Low Power, and Wire-Speed Packet Processing Paving the Way for a New Generation of Advanced Services Gateways

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home, today introduced its next-generation family of communications processors -- the Fusiv® Vx185 and Vx183. These new chipsets advance broadband communications by combining support for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) G.Vector standard, bonding for increased rate and reach, ultra-low power, and gigabit line rate performance into a package for advanced services gateways and integrated access devices.

G.Vector Compliance: By employing industry-standard G.Vector (ITU-T G.993.5), Ikanos' Fusiv products are designed to enable telecommunications service providers to deploy 100 megabit-per-second (Mbps) service over traditional copper lines at 1/10th the cost of fiber. These new devices add to Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring architecture, which spans the central office, remote cabinets in fiber to the node (FTTN) networks, and now the customer premises.

Bonding: The Fusiv Vx185 integrates cost-effective support for bonding (ITU-T G.998.1 and G.998.2) by natively interfacing directly to two integrated analog front-end devices. This built-in support is designed to allow service providers to extend the reach of their advanced broadband services by coupling two pair of copper wires together. Bonding can also be used to increase the data rate over shorter distances. Together, bonding and vectoring can be combined to push aggregate data rates up to 300Mbps.

Green / Ultra-Low Power: With the Vx185/183, Ikanos introduces key advancements in dynamic power management. These advancements are designed to enable Ikanos' communications processors to operate far below the power requirements of European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative. 

Gigabit Line Rate Performance: The new Fusiv family of devices leverages Ikanos' innovative accelerator processor architecture for reliable Quality of Service (QoS) and optimal packet processing performance. This 4th generation of accelerator processor implementation comes with advancements in packet handling which raises the performance bar for this class of service gateway. The new accelerator processor implementation enables bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming less than 5% of the host application processor.

The new Fusiv family of devices also includes the following advanced features:

  • Full ADSL and VDSL2 support with a single hardware design
    • Support for all VDSL2 profiles and band plans for Asia, Europe, and North America -- 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 12a, 17a and 30a
    • Support for ADSL2+, ADSL2, and ADSL standards
  • Support for all mandatory and optional features of VDSL2
    • Exceeds Broadband Forum performance requirements (TR-67, TR-100, and WT- 114)
  • Support for all wired or wireless networking technologies including Wi-Fi (single or dual-band concurrent modes), HomePNA, HomePlug, Multi-media Over Coax, and ITU
  • Integrated SATA interface for the easy addition of network attached storage devices
  • System level support for high performance IPv6
  • IPSec and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN implementation using on-chip cryptographic engines

Ikanos also provides a unified suite of software that includes operating system independent drivers for Ethernet, xDSL and integrated peripherals. This unified software package combines the support for all Fusiv communications processors, enabling equipment manufacturers to leverage their software resource investment across multiple product lines. The Linux-based software includes a networking stack, voice processing, and network management functions, making it possible for system vendors to quickly develop advanced service gateways and integrated access devices.

"Ikanos is focused on delivering next-generation products that provide very high performance coupled with extreme energy efficiency. That's what we built into our latest Fusiv Vx183 and Vx185 -- gigahertz of processing horsepower and dynamic power management for operation that beats European Code of Conduct requirements. Add to that support for vectoring and bonding, and we have an innovative product that delivers the power-performance and differentiating value required by service providers around the world."
John Quigley, president and CEO, of Ikanos

"G.Vector support is crucial for the broadband communications industry. It pushes VDSL performance to the 100 Mbps threshold and beyond at a time when service providers are looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade their existing copper networks in order to compete with DOCSIS 3.0 and FTTH technologies. With G.Vector-compliant technologies like Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring and devices like the Fusiv Vx185 and Vx183, copper networks will remain competitive broadband platforms for many years to come."
Lee Ratliff, Senior Analyst for Broadband and Digital Home, at iSuppli

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.
Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. Ikanos' broadband DSL, communications processors, and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit

© 2011 Ikanos Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ikanos Communications, Ikanos, the Ikanos logo, the "Bandwidth Without Boundaries" tagline, Fusiv, Fx, FxS, iQV, Ikanos Velocity and Ikanos NodeScale Vectoring are among the trademarks or registered trademarks of Ikanos Communications. All other trademarks mentioned herein are properties of their respective holders.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties concerning Ikanos Communications, Inc., including statements regarding the benefits and performance of Ikanos' products and software, its ability to innovate and anticipated benefits of the Ikanos' products for its customers. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, macroeconomic conditions which may cause Ikanos' customers to defer purchasing plans, Ikanos' ability to deliver full production releases of its newer products and the acceptance of those products by Ikanos' customers, the continued demand by telecommunications service providers for specific xDSL semiconductor products, the failure of service providers to implement deployment plans on schedule or at all, Ikanos' continued ability to obtain and deliver production volumes of new and current products and technologies, Ikanos' ability to generate demand and close transactions for the sale of its products, Ikanos' ability to develop commercially successful products as a result of its current research and development programs, Ikanos' ability to successfully complete its restructuring plan, and unexpected future costs, expenses and financing requirements. In addition, for a more extensive discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Ikanos' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as well as other reports that Ikanos files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ikanos is under no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances subsequent to date of this press release.

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