Aricent Announces Collaboration with Broadcom to Develop Carrier Grade Mobile Backhaul Reference Framework

REDWOOD CITY, California and INTEROP, New York – Aricent's Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) integrated with Broadcom StrataXGS® BCM56440 Ethernet Switch enables network equipment manufacturers quickly deliver high-performance carrier-grade mobile backhaul solutions.

Aricent, a premier R&D engineering services and software company, today announced their collaboration with Broadcom to develop a carrier-grade mobile backhaul reference framework. Aricent's Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) has been tested and deployed in the field on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch leveraging Broadcom's latest Software Development Kit (SDK). ISS on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56450 platform will be available by the end of this year.

Aricent's ISS leverages Broadcom's StrataXGS® BCM56440 and BCM56450 switch SoCs to render Layer 2 and VLAN switching, Layer 3 routing, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), MPLS-TP, provider backbone bridging (PBB), operations, administration and management (OAM), protection, timing, and synchronization features to help equipment vendors build next generation carrier grade mobile backhaul solutions, while reducing time-to-market and development costs.

Aricent's ISS is a field-proven, feature-rich software framework that offers advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, security, and management capabilities for a variety of network equipment. ISS is compliant with several Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) specifications such as MEF-9, 14, 16, 6.1 and 10.2, and it will be Carrier Ethernet 2.0 ready by Dec, 2013.

"In today's highly competitive network equipment landscape, equipment manufacturers are faced with delivering high performance products at reduced costs," said Sridhar Raju, Assistant Vice President and Wireline Business Practice Head at Aricent. "The complexity of capabilities, standards, and interoperability must be addressed in order to introduce carrier grade products. Our collaboration with Broadcom aims to achieve this."

Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch is designed to address the economic and performance challenges of service providers as they upgrade legacy mobile networks to manage the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and transition to 4G. The device offers carriers a seamless migration path to Ethernet-class performance and advanced services in the mobile backhaul network.

"The proven commercial success of Aricent's ISS framework and Broadcom's StrataXGS Switch underscore the benefits that equipment manufacturers will receive when leveraging this joint time-to- market solution for developing mobile backhaul solutions," said Srinivasan Balaji, Senior Product Line Manager of StrataXGS/Core Switching at Broadcom.

Aricent's ISS is also available on Broadcom's chipsets for Datacenter Top of Rack switches including StrataXGS Trident (BCM56840) and Trident Plus (BCM56846), and it will be soon available on Trident II as well. ISS will also be available on Broadcom's carrier Ethernet aggregation switches including StrataXGS BCM56526 in the future.

Aricent is demonstrating features of ISS on StrataXGS BCM56440 at Interop New York 2013. To learn more about the solution, visit Aricent at booth # E250 at Interop New York or contact:

About Aricent

Aricent is a premier R&D engineering services and software company, with specialized communications domain expertise. With more than two decades experience in delivering some of the world's most innovative communications solutions, Aricent offers high value R&D services, licensable software, and comprehensive product life-cycle services to its customers, which include network equipment vendors, semiconductor vendors, device manufacturers, and independent software vendors. The company's investors are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta Partners, and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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