System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Replaces up to 30 Components, Delivers Tenfold Better Bandwidth and Density with Significantly Lower Costs, Power and Space RequirementsHerzliya, ISRAEL – Dec. 16, 2008
– Siverge Networks, a fabless semiconductor company focused on the packet evolution in carrier networks, today announced the industry’s first single-chip carrier transport device that enables equipment manufacturers to develop converged linecards and systems capable of handling any port, service, channelization and functionality while supporting both TDM and packet-based networks. Pioneering a new category of packet transport devices, these devices will enable the first 10Gbps, fully channelized “any service, any protocol” linecards (16 times more bandwidth and density than the high end of channelized linecards which exist today).
“Siverge is committed to enabling the transition from today’s SONET/SDH infrastructure to Carrier Ethernet in next-generation networks for fixed and mobile transport and backhauling applications,” said Moshe De-Leon, President and Chief Technology Officer with Siverge Networks. “Our highly integrated family of carrier transport devices -- starting with Griffin and then expanding to include future native Ethernet solutions across a broad range of existing and emerging applications -- will provide revolutionary building blocks for this transition. Our new approach will help the industry converge and consolidate networks, systems and linecards while managing and migrating all legacy protocols (e.g. ATM, FR, PPP, SONET/SDH and PDH) into a unified MPLS or Ethernet switching system over Carrier Ethernet transport network.”
The Griffin family consists of four devices, each of which is available in three speed grades. The family will allow carriers and network providers to significantly reduce capital and operating expenditures while optimizing investments in next-generation packet-based networks and ensuring service continuation for all legacy data and TDM services. For system vendors, the Griffin family will enable new applications while greatly reducing development time and investment, bill-of-material costs and time to market. Carriers, network providers and system vendors alike will benefit from major reductions in product inventory and maintenance.
The flagship member of the Griffin family is the SV3640/1/2 universal convergence device, which combines as many as 30 devices into a single highly integrated SoC. The SV3640/1/2 integrates SONET/SDH framing/mapping/multiplexing, T1/E1/J1/T3/E3 framing/mapping, M13 multiplexing, ATM/IMA controller functionality, HDLC/POS/PPP/LAPS/EOS/FR/MLPPP/MLFR controller functionality, and both Ethernet-over-PDH and Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH functionality (including GFP over VCAT with or without LCAS). Rounding out the Griffin family are three additional devices that provide more specific functionality and cost-optimized solutions for TDM-only applications (SV3600/1/2), legacy-protocol applications (SV3610/1/2) and “Ethernet-over-Anything” applications (SV3620/1/2).
Griffin devices can be used in applications ranging from packet-based transport systems and multi-service switches to ADM/MSPP systems, switches and routers. These devices also simultaneously support 2G, 2.5G, 3G, and beyond wireless transport backhauling systems as well as BSCs and RNCs.
Griffin devices pioneer a new category of universal physical-layer (PHY) capabilities, enabling multi-service linecards to support an extensive array of rates, protocols and interfaces. This is made possible using Siverge’s patented VLSI core technology and circuitry--the Siverge Matrix™ centralized-resource shared bit-stream processing engine--in the Griffin family of devices. This technology enables Griffin devices to achieve unprecedented performance and functional integration density by allowing a breakthrough in resource-sharing which facilitates the massive multi-channel, multi-protocol processing of thousands of independent data streams.
Griffin devices address all layer 2 protocols, any channelization levels (down to DS0), services, applications and port types in a single family of package-, pin- and software-compatible SoCs. Manufacturers can create comprehensive, converged multi-service linecards and systems or offer many variations of footprint- and software-compatible solutions for specific protocols, services, line rates, interfaces and channelization levels. The Griffin devices dramatically reduce board space requirements, power and complexity, while cutting overall system cost with a single design.Technical Details
Each Griffin device is available in three speed grades -- 2.5Gbps (1xOC-48<STM-16> or 4xOC-12/1<STM-4/1>), 622Mbps (1xOC-12<STM-4>/4xOC-3<STM-1>), and 155Mbps (1xOC-3<STM-1>):
- SV3640/1/2 Universal Convergence Transport Device: Brings together packet, cell and TDM services in a single high-performance device. The deeply channelized framer/mapper features up to 1xOC-48<STM-16>/4xOC-12<STM-4>/4xOC3<STM-1> ports and also supports clear-channel applications. It also supports the full range of layer 2 protocols including HDLC, ATM, IMA, MLPPP, MLFR, LAPS, POS, EoS, Ethernet over GFP over PDH (with VCAT/LCAS) and Ethernet over GFPSONET/SDH (with VCAT/LCAS).
- SV3620/1/2 Ethernet Transport Device: Delivers all SONET/SDH & PDH processing, framing, mapping and multiplexing for rates up to 1xOC-48<STM-16>/4xOC-12<STM-4>/4xOC3<STM-1>with channelization down to DS1/E1/J1. It supports Ethernet over GFP over PDH (with VCAT/LCAS) and Ethernet over GFPSONET/SDH (with VCAT/LCAS).
- SV3610/1/2 Legacy Protocol Controller Device: Delivers all SONET/SDH & PDH processing, framing, mapping and multiplexing for rates up to 1xOC-48<STM-16>/4xOC-12<STM-4>/4xOC3<STM-1> with channelization down to DS0. It supports POS, ATM, IMA, HDLC and MLPP, MLFR, LAPS, POS, EoS.
Pricing and Availability
- SV3600/1/2 TDM Transport Device: Delivers all SONET/SDH & PDH processing, framing, mapping and multiplexing for rates up to 1xOC-48<STM-16>/4xOC-12<STM-4>/4xOC3<STM-1> with channelization down to DS1/E1/J1
All 12 members of the Griffin family will be available in sample quantities in Q1 2009. Pricing ranges from $200 to $1,200, depending on the device and its speed and feature set, in OEM quantities of 10,000. Volume production is scheduled for the second half of 2009.
The Griffin family comes with a comprehensive software package including API and companion GUI application that significantly reduces system integration requirements, and an evaluation system for device testing, evaluating and demonstration. Siverge also provides reference designs and an entire linecard and system solution in collaboration with network processor and other silicon partners. Related application notes are available under non-disclosure.About Siverge Networks
Siverge Networks is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company at the forefront of networking technology. Siverge has developed unique core technology, enabling system vendors to build low-cost high-speed packet based communication systems for fast expanding carrier networks. Siverge's patent-pending packet transport SoC re-defines the technology limits of networking devices by integrating 10x more functionality and channel/port count. Siverge devices enable exceptionally high capacity, true multi-service solutions and system consolidation for fixed and mobile backhauling networks.
The company is a US Company with its headquarters and R&D in Herzliya (Israel). The company was founded in 2005 and is privately held.