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Aviat Networks Debuts Eclipse IDU GE3 an Ultra-Compact Indoor Unit

Aviat Networks Inc. specializing in wireless transmission solutions announced the introduction of Eclipse IDU GE3 an ultra-compact indoor unit (IDU) that combines Carrier Ethernet networking and advanced radio features to enable hybrid TDM/Ethernet or all-Ethernet/IP wireless transmission.

The Eclipse IDU GE3 will be unveiled by the company at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb 14-17, 2011.

According to company sources it supports link throughputs of up to 400 Mbps. Also the IDU GE3 will provide more than enough backhaul capacity for the overlay of new 4G/LTE (News - Alert) base stations besides offering many advantages over costly fiber deployments or leased lines.

The Eclipse IDU GE3 enables wireless tail-end cell-site connections and standalone point-to-point links deployment. Along with nodal site capabilities of the Eclipse Packet Node, the IDU GE3 enhances performance and reduces backhaul cost. The IDU GE3 features Ethernet Switch technology that forms the core of the new Eclipse DAC GE3 nodal Gigabit Ethernet card.

Company officials added that it provides seamless extension of Carrier Ethernet features from the node to the cell site. Also, this new embedded switch provides the most advanced Carrier Ethernet features available in a microwave platform for both hybrid or all-packet microwave transport.

The IDU GE3 is available in a one-half rack unit or RU package which features full 256QAM Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) support. This enables up to a fourfold increase in spectral efficiency over non-ACM systems and high port density with six Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 16 native TDM (E1/T1) ports.

The other features include new Carrier Ethernet features like VLANs, advanced Quality of Service traffic priority assignment and Ethernet OAM including operations, administration and management. The Packet synchronization options include SyncE, IEEE (News - Alert) 1588v2 and Eclipse Distributed Sync or EDS.

Shaun McFall, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Aviat Networks said in a release, “The IDU GE3 extends Eclipse Packet Node Carrier Ethernet features in a new optimized package suitable for last mile cell-site or simple link applications.”

“This new indoor unit packs an incredible combination of transmission features and network intelligence into a smaller footprint than ever before,” McFall added.

Aviat (News - Alert) sources added that the new IDU GE3 is fully compatible with the Eclipse Packet Node nodal indoor units and the complete line of Eclipse indoor and outdoor RF units. This enables operators to immediately deploy this new unit into existing Eclipse-based transmission networks without affecting existing system.

The IDU GE3 will be displayed at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona. Aviat Networks, Inc. also announced the introduction of Aviat WTM 3000 outdoor networked radio, a new class of product for wireless transmission applications.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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