Ericsson backs US start-up

Ericsson backs US start-up
Richard Wilson Ericsson has joined Northern Telecom, 3Com and Siemens in putting financial backing behind a Silicon Valley start-up which is developing a high speed data switching technology. The company called Juniper Networks has a design for a data switching chip which can operate at speeds of 2.5Gbit/s. This is a factor of four faster than the silicon devices currently being developed for the ATM broadband communications protocol. Commercial devices are available for the ATM-12 level which runs at 622Mbit/s. As yet there is little in the way of technical details of Juniper’s intellectual property, but if Ericsson and its partners are right, and they have reportedly put $40m behind the venture, then the move could bring forward the introduction of silicon switching circuits that can match the speed of optical switches in broadband data, Internet and video networks.


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