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ECI Selects Microsemi as Primary OTN Solutions Provider to Enable Apollo Platform
[April 05, 2017]

ECI Selects Microsemi as Primary OTN Solutions Provider to Enable Apollo Platform

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced ECI, the global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions for service providers and data center operators, has selected Microsemi as its primary Optical Transport Network (OTN) solutions provider. ECI, an early adopter of Microsemi's DIGI OTN processors, recently selected DIGI-G4, the fourth generation offering in the DIGI product family, on its Apollo™ family of packet optical transport platforms for leading telecom and cloud service providers around the world. Microsemi's DIGI OTN processors enable ECI to leverage single software development to address diverse end market hardware configurations, minimizing research and development (R&D) investments and accelerating time to revenue.

Core, metro and data center networks drive a range of hardware platform and cost configurations that must be solved by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as ECI. According to market research firm IHS, 100G OTN ports in metro networks are growing at 45 percent annually through 2020. Even with the rapid growth of packet services, many of the client service rates are still at 10 Gbps and below, which necessitate OTN switching in order to make mass deployment of 100G optical connectivity economical. In addition, cloud service providers need high capacity, secured and low latency connectivity between their geographically distributed data centers. ECI's Apollo family leverages Microsemi's DIGI OTN processors as a development vehicle to address these challenges, as well as a variety of end market requirements.

"ECI has chosen Microsemi as our primary OTN processor provider because it has allowed us to standardize a single hardware and software solution for the Apollo platform," said Jimmy Mizrahi, executive vice president of portfolio business at ECI. "Our collaboration with Microsemi enables us to quickly introduce multiple system architectures and a wide portfolio of line cards to market, without the need to significantly increase our R&D investment, while delivering an uncompromised set of features for all the markets we serve."

As the pioneer in enabling dense 100G ports and high capacity OTN switching, Microsemi's DIGI family of OTN processors are deployed globally in service provider and hyperscale data center wide area networks (WANs) today. Microsemi's DIGI-G4 addresses the needs of 400G designs at 50 percent of the power per 100G port, while enabling encrypted 100G OTN connections for a new generation of software-defined networking (SDN)-ready solutions. It delivers the capacity, security and flexibility required for line cards in packet optical transport platforms (P-OTPs), ROADM/WDM and optimized data center interconnect (DCI) platforms. Coupled with a field-hardened SDK, the highly integrated DIGI solution provides a common hardware and software platform to enable multi-terabit OTN packet optical equipment. By leveraging the common software architecture across the DIGI OTN processor family, OEMs can reduce development cost by more than 25 percent and realize significant time-to-market advantage in releasing multiple 100G and 400G hardware platforms. 

With the DIGI total-solution offering, ECI can deliver:

  • Dense 100G and 400G capacity client and line-side cards for P-OTPs
  • Multi-terabit OTN and packet/MPLS switching
  • Cost-optimized, fabric-less switching platforms for the metro
  • Dense 100G transponders and muxponders
  • Wavelength and sub-wavelength level encryption solutions

"Microsemi values our long relationship with ECI in the optical transport market that spans from SDH to now OTN," said Babak Samimi, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi's communications business unit. "Our DIGI OTN processors are differentiated by power, density, security and software, and have been architected with the ability to serve as a single development platform for OEMs. ECI's ability to leverage this benefit and transform it into a competitive advantage to lead in emerging markets highlights the value propositions of our DIGI product family."

DIGI-G4's industry-leading innovations include:

  • Industry's first single-chip 4x100G solution for OTN switched line cards
  • Integrated 100G gearbox for direct connect to CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28 transceivers
  • Industry's highest density 10G, 40G and 100G multi-service support, including Ethernet, storage, Internet Protocol (IP)/MPLS and SONET/SDH
  • Industry's first sub-wavelength OTN encryption solution to secure the cloud
  • Industry's first 25G granularity flexible framer to digital signal processing (DSP) interface providing scalable line rates to match the programmable modulation capabilities found in next-generation coherent DSPs
  • Multi-chip Interlaken interconnect solutions for scalable compact chassis data center interconnect applications
  • High performance OTN-SDK with adapter layer software, accelerating OEM time-to-market

ECI Customer Case Study Available for Download
A full case study on ECI's collaboration with Microsemi to enable the Apollo packet optical transport platform is available for download at

Product Availability
Microsemi's family of DIGI OTN processors includes the DIGI-120G, DIGI-60G, DIGI-100GX and DIGI-G4, which are all available now for purchase orders. For more information on the latest device in the family, visit or email

About Microsemi's Product Portfolio for Communications
Microsemi is a premier supplier of semiconductor, system and services differentiated by performance, power reliability and security. Microsemi enables customers to build solutions in a range of applications including Ethernet switches, 100G Ethernet and optical transport network (OTN), cellular infrastructure including LTE-Advanced and 5G, small cells, microwave and millimeter wave systems, Wi-Fi access points, XGS PON or NGPON2 based converged wireline access, broadband gateways including fiber/PON, and DOCSIS3.1, and home/on-premise security/surveillance. Microsemi's communications portfolio includes high accuracy timing and synchronization including IEEE1588 PTP and NTP servers, software and components; low jitter PLL and high fan-out buffers, enterprise and carrier Ethernet switches and PHYs, voice and audio intelligence including AEC and ASR, lowest power FPGAs with high security and reliability; PCI Express Switches, OTN PHYs and processors, optical drivers, integrated Wi-Fi front-end modules (FEM) and power-efficient and multi-standard Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ICs and systems, and, and xDSL line drivers. For more information, visit

About ECI
ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow. For more information, visit

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at

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