14 Dec 2018

FPGA burst mode receiver creates 10G passive optical network applications

Microchip has announced, through its Microsemi Corporation subsidiary, the first Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) for 10G Passive Optical Network (PON) Optical Line Terminal (OLT) implementation in compact form factor. The new PolarFire FPGA Burst Mode Receiver (BMR) solution is also the only offering of its kind to enable 10G PON solutions in Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gb SFP (XFP) footprints.

Microchip’s new BMR solution enables customers to build OLTs in unprecedented small form factor modules while drawing the lowest power in extreme thermal environments. Completely customisable with the fastest, 10.8 nanosecond lock times in mid-range FPGAs for PONs, the BMR enables a compact PON solution in tiny optical module-based form factors. As an increasingly popular telecommunications technology used to provide fibre to the end consumer, PONs implement a point-to-multipoint architecture using unpowered fibre-optic splitters to enable a single optical fibre serving multiple end points.

The combination of PolarFire FPGAs and the new BMR technology enables designers to build unique, proprietary solutions. These address the key challenges of reducing the power consumption and heat dissipation of PON equipment, while delivering the small form factor that end customers are demanding to expand remote deployment options for carriers.

Microchip’s new PolarFire FPGA 10G PON BMR solution is supported by a suite of tools to enhance application development. These include a reference design, Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software and a hardware kit.

The new PolarFire FPGA 10G PON BMR solution is available now and is free for current subscribers of Microchip’s Libero design suite.

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