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Fujitsu and SwitchCore join forces to provide leading edge solutions for converged Metropolitan Area Networks


Frankfurt, October 10th 2006 - Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) and SwitchCore, two leading suppliers of silicon to the communications industry, today announce that they have joined forces to provide advanced solutions for converged Metro, Access and Core networks.

As a first step in this joint effort the companies have demonstrated interworking of FME’s highly integrated Ethernet-over-SDH/Sonet device MB87M2181 with SwitchCore’s industry leading Ethernet switch CXE-2139. With this unique combination of carrier-class Ethernet switching and highly reliable SDH/Sonet based transport technology; telecom system providers can deliver content aware quality of service over traditional backbone infrastructures. Systems using this solution will be able to deliver flexible, robust and cost effective services to end customers, especially for emerging applications such as IPTV and Video-on-Demand.

“SwitchCore’s outstanding expertise in carrier-class Ethernet switching technology enables us to provide complete system solutions for end to end applications to our telecom customer base.” said Dirk Weinsziehr, FME’s Senior Director of Marketing. “SwitchCore’s products complement our SDH/Sonet and Ethernet mapping product offering as well as our own high-end Ethernet Switching devices creating a unique portfolio”.

“As a leading supplier of components to converging telecom networks it is essential for us to enable, demonstrate and provide solutions for IP, SDH/Sonet as well as OTN networks.” said Erwin Leichtle, CEO of SwitchCore. “Combining our products with the FME devices into reference designs for next generation networks, will give our customers the quick time to market they need to be successful to deploy multiservice equipment.”

The first reference design will be a platform offering different service levels by using the SwitchCore CXE-2139 to implement multiple traffic classes. The CXE2139 allows customers to handle the bursty incoming Ethernet traffic in a way that important packets (e.g. voice, video) are sent first and other packets (e.g. e-mail) are queued in cases of congestion (traffic shaping). The resulting Ethernet traffic is then mapped using GFP, Virtual Concatenation and LCAS to efficiently use the available network bandwidth, into a TDM stream using FME’s MB87M2181. Then it frames the stream into SDH/Sonet to allow robust and reliable optical long distance transmission. The integrated cross connect allows fast protection switching between multiple line interfaces based on the standard SDH monitoring and alarm functions to meet carrier requirements.

“Step by step the cooperation of SwitchCore and FME will integrate the device offerings of both companies into reference designs for end to end system applications supporting PDH, 10M to 10G Ethernet, STM-1 to STM-256 SDH and OTU-2 to OTU-3 OTN applications.” added Dirk Weinsziehr.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor and plasma display products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centers dedicated to microcontrollers, mixed-signal, wireless, FRAM, multimedia ICs and ASIC products work closely with FME’s marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers’ system development requirements.
This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP and building blocks as well as leading-edge plasma display panels.
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General information about SwitchCore:

SwitchCore AB develops markets and sells integrated network devices for data, voice and video communication based on the Ethernet standard. The core of SwitchCore’s expertise is in its CXE technology, which allows for significantly higher network product capacity. Using SwitchCore’s components, customers can develop network products that cost-efficiently manage and prioritize data, video and voice traffic for many demanding applications. Customers and partners are network equipment manufacturers and suppliers, including Intel, Allied Telesyn, Huawei/3Com, Alloptic, Corecess, Dasan, Radisys and World Wide Packets. The Group presently has about 60 employees and some 40 consultants contracted. SwitchCore’s headquarters is in Lund, Sweden. The Company also has offices in San Jose, USA, as well as Singapore and Shanghai in Asia and Rotterdam in Europe. The Company is listed on Stockholm Stock Exchange’s O List under the SCOR ticker. For more information visit


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