Turin Networks emerges

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2002) - Turin Networks Inc. emerged from stealth mode last week with three new Multiservice Provisioning Platform boxes geared at both the metro edge and metro core.

The company's hybrid design combines SONET add/drop muxing, edge switching and digital cross-connect capabilities. Its Traverse Multiservice Optical Transport product line has a custom, distributed ASIC switch fabric that supports high-capacity STS-1 and virtual trunk grooming and native data switching.

Turin says its gear uses a passive, fully meshed backplane comprised of dedicated point-to-point connections. Simply put, each slot in the box is conn1ected to every other slot. The company's custom ASICs perform all necessary switching functions, including native aggregation, grooming and switching and transport of time-division multiplexing (TDM), IP/Ethernet and ATM traffic.

Turin claims its products promote a pay-as-you-grow design and contain built-in fault tolerance capabilities. In addition, the architecture scales to 90G bit/sec per shelf. The company designed an intelligent control plane using Generalized Multi-protocol Label Switching that Turin claims allows dynamic provisioning of any service at any rate.

In addition, the company's products support Unidirectional Path Switched Ring, Bidirectional Line Switched Ring, Automatic Protection Switching, virtual concatenation based on the ITU G.707 standard and standards-based Ethernet over SONET.

Its product family includes the Traverse 2000, a 20-slot shelf designed for metro core/regional deployments, the Traverse 1600, a 16-slot shelf designed for metro edge/core deployments, and the Traverse 600, a six-slot shelf designed for metro access. In addition, the company has developed the TransAccess 100, a 1 Rack Unit STS-1/T-1 mux optimized for SONET/TDM access. All products are managed with the company's TransNav management software, a Java/CORBA-based multilevel manager.

The company says that its integrated functionality is one of its key differentiators. It also says that its capability to dynamically provision Ethernet services with guaranteed service-level agreements is another unique quality.

Turin Networks was founded in October 1999 and is based in Pentaluma, Calif. It has raised around $72 million to date from investors like Baker Capital, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Sequoia Capital. All products except the Traverse 200 are currently available and shipping. Traverse 2000 will be available in the third quarter. No pricing information was disclosed by the company.

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