CENTILLIUM AND FLOWPOINT
DEMONSTRATE INTEROPERABILITY OF ADSL G.LITE PRODUCTS
Chipset Interoperates with FlowPoint/Cabletron SSR255 Router
FREMONT, Calif., September 27, 1999 - Centillium Communications,
Inc. and FlowPoint Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabletron
Systems (NYSE:CS), today announced that they have achieved end-to-end
interoperability between their Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
G.lite (G.992.2) products. The interoperability tests were conducted
at the InterOperability Lab, located on the campus of the University
of New Hampshire, where Centillium and FlowPoint are both members of
the multi-vendor ADSL Consortium.
The test bed included the FlowPoint/Cabletron SmartSwitch Router (SSR255)
router and Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) line cards
based on Centillium's CopperLite CO chipsets. End-to-end interoperability
was confirmed with Web browsing at speeds of up to 1536kbps downstream
and 512kbps upstream over Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines.
"We are very pleased to announce end-to-end interoperability with
the FlowPoint/Cabletron SmartSwitch Router, one of the most popular
customer premises equipment solutions for small businesses, telecommuters,
and home offices," said Faraj Aalaei, co-founder and vice president
of marketing for Centillium.
"Centillium's CopperLite chipset is being widely adopted by market
leading central office equipment makers," said Chuck Waggoner,
president of FlowPoint. "By achieving successful interoperability
with Centillium, the FlowPoint/Cabletron SmartSwitch Router can now
be confidently deployed by G.lite Network Service Providers using CopperLite-based
DSLAM line cards."
Centillium CO Chipset
CopperLite CO (central office) chipset consists of the CT-L21DC08
Digital chip and CT-L21AC08 Analog chip. Networking equipment manufacturers
can use these high-performance, power-efficient chipsets as the foundation
for multi-port line cards in Digital Loop Carriers (DLCs), DSLAMs, and
other carrier-class network platforms.
The CopperLite CO chipset is highly integrated and offers maximum port
density, supporting up to eight DSL ports with just two chips. Very
low power requirements help keep power dissipation to below 600 mwatts
per port. Another significant advantage of CopperLite is that its analog
chip integrates most of the external filtering (hybrid) typically reqired
by other ADSL chipsets, thereby reducing the normal hybrid-component
count by half.
SmartSwitch Router (SSR255) supports both the consumer-focused universal
Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line standard (ADSL-G.lite) as well
as the full-rate standard (ADSL-G.dmt). The SSR255 router provides Network
Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, and end users with a
wide range of broadband access options. It utilizes Alcatel's DynaMiTe
DMT ADSL Issue 2-compliant chipset and firmware for modem-side functionality.
This ensures full interoperability between the Cabletron router and
carrier-class DSLAM equipment from multiple vendors, including Alcatel,
Cisco, Ericsson, NEC, Nortel, and Siemens.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabletron Systems that designs, manufactures,
and markets Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) network access products. The
Company's mission is to create superior-quality full-featured products
allowing seamless network integration for businesses and home offices
using the Internet and corporate Intranets. Founded in June 1993, FlowPoint
is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and distributes its products
worldwide through service providers, system integrators, distributors,
and private-label OEMs. FlowPoint can be found on the web at http://www.flowpoint.com
or call toll free at 1-888-867-4736.
About Centillium Communications
Communications is a communication solutions company dedicated to delivering
high-speed Internet access to bandwidth-hungry businesses and consumers.
The company designs and markets Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chipset
solutions for central office equipment, DLC line cards, and customer
premises equipment. Centillium's chipset family is the industry's highest
port density, lowest power dissipation solution available to networking
equipment manufacturers today. Additional information is available at
http://www.centillium.com. For sales information, contact Al Gharakhanian
at (510) 360-5054.
Communications, Inc. CopperLite is a trademark of Centillium Communications,
Inc. All other products or service names mentioned herein are the property
of their respective owners.