NetPlane Announces O-UNI Option for Its LTCS™ Optical Software, Expanding Optical Signaling Extensions to Its Carrier-Class MPLS Software

Working With Several Key Customers To Refine Standards-Based Solutions

SAN JOSE , Calif., August 13, 2001 — NetPlane™ Systems, the protocol software business of Mindspeed Technologies™, today announced that it is adding to its LTCS™-Optical software the O-UNI protocol based upon the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) User-to-Network Interface (UNI) specifications. Announced at OPTICON2001, the company also said that it has several key customers who are working with it to define specific functional applications.

The O-UNI specification is important as it offers a level of reliability that carriers require while enabling them to implement more cost-effective optical applications. For example, O-UNI will enable carriers to develop new flexible services, such as user-initiated service provisioning and bandwidth trading, by providing a standard set of control plane mechanisms across all types of optical networks, supporting rapid connection, teardown and restoration capabilities.

"Our development of O-UNI is designed to facilitate the OIF's work and match our product release with the timing of the OIF's O-UNI 1.0 final draft, expected in the October/November timeframe," said NetPlane Vice President and General Manager Deepak Shahane. "Based on input from key OEM manufacturers, and given the ongoing evolution of O-UNI, we decided to take a measured product release approach," Shahane added. "We did this to minimize the amount of code changes for our customers, and to ensure that our solution has the level of reliability that carriers require. That is our number one priority."

In June, NetPlane introduced LTCS-Optical with support for the G-MPLS (Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching) standard being developed by the IETF (International Engineering Task Force). Future planned releases will support emerging standards for optical NNI as they are defined by the IETF, OIF and the ITU-T. NetPlane is actively providing input into these organizations.

The new O-UNI option provides additional optical extensions to NetPlane's widely deployed MPLS-LTCS (Label Traffic Control System™) software, the industry's first IETF standards-based MPLS solution, which has been adopted by over 60 network manufacturers. LTCS-Optical supports the signaling requirements of photonic networks including access to those networks by traditional IP equipment using LTCS-Classical. NetPlane's recent launch of LTCS-Optical marked the beginning of its strategy for integrated signaling and routing, both for classical and optical IP networking. Its LTCS-Optical software is designed for carrier-class optical core devices and applications where packetized MPLS and optical MPLS signaling converge.

The portable NetPlane software is highly scalable, designed for centralized and distributed environments and is processor independent. Like all NetPlane carrier-class products, LTCS-Optical has a redundant architecture in conjunction with a re-entrant implementation to enable pre-emptive, high-availability systems to be created.

NetPlane introduced its MPLS-LTCS software in 1999. The company's MPLS customers range from the world's largest global manufacturers to emerging next-generation OEMs.

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